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William Snell is the new executive director of the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council following the retirement of Cheryl Belcourt.

The Tribal Leaders Council works to improve the health, economic development and education for tribal members through advocacy and collaborative initiatives and projects.

The council also delegates representatives to agencies subject to the Federal Advisory Committees Act and several other national organizations including the Coalition of Large Tribes, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board.

The group is in the process of a name change to the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which includes the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Indian reservation in Idaho as the newest member. Within the next few months, TLC will release a new logo, website and strategic plan.

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Snell is an enrolled member of the Crow Nation and is also an Assiniboine/Sioux member of Fort Belknap Agency. Snell attended Eastern Montana College, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1981.

He is also a co-founder of the In-Care Network Inc., a licensed mental health center and child placement agency in Billings that began in 1986. During the 22-plus years of operation, the organization provided therapeutic foster care, technical assistance, training, case management, home-based services, chemical dependency treatment, youth leadership, team building and many other services to many tribal nations and reservations located in Montana and Wyoming.

Snell received a Governor’s Service Award in February.

Snell and his wife, Karen, have three sons and nine grandchildren, as well many other daughters and sons, 36, as therapeutic foster care parents.

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