Craig Dougherty is the founder of FPCFE and serves as its Board President. Craig has a passion for excellence and accountability. He is relentless in his pursuit of high quality literacy and mathematics programs for all students. Craig also holds the position of Superintendent in Sheridan County School District No. 2, a rural district nestled at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in north central Wyoming. Craig holds a MAT in Elementary Education, University of Alaska and a BS in Psychology, Arizona State University. Craig is a dynamic and personable individual with a passion for helping all students, especially the under-served, succeed in reading, writing and mathematics. In much of his professional life, he has worked with Alaskan Native and American Indian students. His early and continued advocacy for these under-served populations propelled him to serve as state site coordinator for the Wyoming Reading Recovery Consortium. In this capacity, he developed and co-wrote the program for state-wide implementation of Reading Recovery, Early Literacy Learning, and Extended Literacy Learning projects. He has also brought together universities of excellence that have expertise in Reading Recovery and Math Recovery.
Barbara A. Sutteer
Barbara A. Sutteer is the FPCFE Board Secretary and has been since its inception. She is a member of the Uintah Ute and Cherokee tribes. Barbara was born and raised on the Uintah & Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah.
Barbara attended the University of Utah, the Stevens Henagar Business College, and Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute and earned an AA degree in Commercial Art. She continued her studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and studied Natural Resources Law, Indian Lands and Natural Resources, Federal Indian Law, Alaska Natives and American Laws, and Graphics Design/Commercial Art, Photography. She also received training in Federal Law Enforcement for Managers, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. While in Alaska, Barbara attained a Private Pilot license with ratings for Single Engine – Land and Sea.
Her tenures include 10 years each in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Aviation Administration, and over 12 years in the National Park Service. Significant issues that she worked on were: implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, access to and protection of Indian Sacred Sites within National Park units, the archeological field work for the Sand Creek Massacre Site Location Study, development of the educational program for the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, and implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. She also assisted the U.S. Forest Service in consulting with Indian tribes and developing a protection plan for the Medicine Wheel in Wyoming.
Her next position was Superintendent, Custer Battlefield National Monument in Crow Agency, Montana, where she assisted with legislation that changed the name to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and authorized establishment of an Indian Memorial in 2003. The Memorial’s significance is that it is the first time that the United States recognized any Indian Warriors. Barbara’s final career assignment was establishment of the Office of American Indian Trust Responsibility, in the National Park Service, Intermountain Region in Colorado. Her primary responsibility was building working relationships with Indian tribes whose use and occupancy of the lands predated the National Park Service.
Dr. Russell Alexander
Dr. Russell Alexander is a FPCFE Board Member and has been since its inception. He is the Director of Curriculum and Testing for St. Labre Indian Schools, in Ashland, Montana. He was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. He graduated from Montana State University with BA in Communications and MA, M Ed and Ed D from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He was in the Peace Corps in Turkey teaching English as a Second Language, taught secondary English at St. Labre Indian Schools in Ashland for 5 years, taught English and did teacher training in Iran and Algeria for 10 years. Dr. Alexander was the Director of Schools at St. Labre for 18 years. Dr. Alexander says, “In 1864 Col. Chivington ordered the Colorado Militia to wipe out a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian, which included women and children. ‘Nits make lice,’ he stated. We can’t change the past, but we can change the future by providing the absolute highest quality education for Native American students.” St. Labre Indian School Educational Association, a Roman Catholic non-profit mission, provides educational, community and spiritual services to Native American children of southeastern Montana.
Gary Collins has been a FPCFE board member since 2015. He is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and raised on Wind River Indian Reservation. He received a BS in Geology from the University of Wyoming. He recently began a new career at the Wind River Job Corp in Riverton, Wyoming as the Community Business Liaison. Previously, he served as the Tribal Liaison for the Arapaho Tribe within the State of Wyoming’s Governor’s Planning Office as a policy advisor to the governor and his staff. He was appointed to this position in 2007 through 2014.
Additionally, he was the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes Water Engineer for over eight years and administered the Tribal Water Code with the support of the Wind River Water Resources Control Board. Gary has been involved with the “Big Horn Water Rights Case” for the past 20 years in various capacities, including being the Chairman of the Arapaho Tribe when the case was before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the Vice President of the MNI SOSE InterTribal Water Rights Coalition as well one of the founding members of the Indigenous Water Network, a national organization. He also has responsibility on the Charter being developed for the management of the Missouri River. His experience has been associated with major U.S. companies including International Paper Corp., Mobil Oil, Gulf Oil, Mitchell Energy plus with the University of Texas-Austin Coal Research Group.
During his tenure with the private sector, Gary explored and evaluated various minerals and construction materials throughout the United States including Alaska. Since 1984, he has been employed at various times by the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes as a ‘team’ player in the protection and development of the Tribes’ Natural Resources, including water. The Tribes were awarded over 500,000 acre -feet of water from the “Big Horn Water Case.” Presently the administration and development issues are before the Tribes for all the natural resources in an appropriate environmental manner. Extensive discussions with the State of Wyoming, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Environmental Protection Agency and local Irrigation Districts have been occurring. Gary has been involved with various discussions to recognize the Tribes’ positions as major entities within the Wind River Basin, one of the headwater drainage’s for the Missouri River Basin. Gary is also instrumental with his family ranching operation, which has been operating since the early part of last century. The operation utilizes irrigation and management techniques from the grassroots level.
Rod Trahan has been a FPCFE Board member since 2015. He is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and raised on N. Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Rod holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He grew up near Busby, a small town on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. After his undergraduate work, Rod went to work for a national corporation where he gained a wealth of knowledge about creating successful corporate environments and systems. After a few years in the corporate world, then moving to Houston Texas and pursuing his dream of becoming an Olympic athlete, he moved back to this area to start a family.
In 2007, Rod began a business coaching and consulting business in Billings Montana. In 2008 Rod, and his family embarked upon a new adventure by moving to Sheridan Wyoming. Prior to 2007, Rod spent twelve years utilizing his entrepreneurial spirit improving fund-raising results for a well-established non-profit organization. Rod was instrumental in helping to raise millions of dollars and improving thousands of lives. Improving others’ lives is a strong motivating force behind Rod’s dedication to whatever he does.