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Alumni Highlights

Angelique Albert

Angelique Albert

National Leadership

Angelique Albert is a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Albert has truly dedicated her professional career to the enhancement of tribal communities. She graduated from Salish Kootenai College in 1995 with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with an Emphasis in Rehabilitation. On her journey towards this degree, she also acquired two Associate of Arts, one in Liberal Arts and the other in Native American Studies. Albert’s education did not end at Salish Kootenai College, as she continued at the University of Montana with Business Administration Courses, Dartmouth University Tuck School with Executive Education, and Gonzaga University to receive her Master’s of Business Administration/American Indian Entrepreneurship, graduating with honors, Beta Gamma Sigma.

In 2010, Albert returned to Salish Kootenai College in the position of Foundation Executive Director. During her time as Executive Director, she successfully planned and implemented a $20 million Capital Campaign. Albert also established the Corporate Partnership with Northrop Grumman, resulting in a Mentor Protégé Agreement making Salish Kootenai College the first tribal college in the United States to be a part of a Mentor Protégé Agreement with a prime government contractor.

Albert recently left her position as the Executive Director at Salish Kootenai College Foundation to accept the position of Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center and AIGC Scholars. AIGC & AIGCS are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaskan Native students in the U.S. these entities award $15 million annually to deserving undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students and have awarded over $200 million since inception. They empower tribal students from 274 tribes in 43 states.

Some of Albert’s other accomplishments include receiving the 2015 Northrop Grumman World Class Customer Award as well as owning a consulting business which resulted in the deliverable of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Climate Change Strategic Plan, one of the first in the Nation. Albert is also an award-winning artist recognized for her clothing and beadwork.

Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Executive Management

Jason Adams is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Having grown up in a traditional Salish home, he dedicates his life to doing all that he can for the CSKT people. Adams graduated from Salish Kootenai College with his Associate degree in Human Services in 1989 and continued his education at the University of Montana to achieve his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1992.

Beginning in 1992, Adams served the tribe as the Housing Resource Manager/Assistant Director of the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA). In 2003, he accepted the position of Executive Director. SKHA is the Tribally designated housing entity for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Adams’s time at SKHA has seen many accomplishments including the construction or purchase of more than 150 homes as well as managing a staff of 68 employees that oversee 600 units of affordable housing and an annual budget of over $8 million.

Adams’s commitment to the tribe and community continues in various capacities. In 1995, he was appointed to serve on the Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors and, in 1998, was elected Chairman. He served in that capacity until 2003. He served on the National American Indian Housing Council Board of Directors representing the thirteen tribal housing entities in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. In 2003, he served on the Board of the Ronan Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and the Ronan School District Board of Trustees.

Most recently, Adams was elected to serve as Chairman of the United Native American Housing Association. He was selected twice by HUD to serve on Negotiated Rulemaking Committees that promulgated regulations for the NAHASDA Indian Housing Block Grant Program. He currently serves as an alternate Board member for Amerind Insurance Board of Directors.

Adams is committed to serving his tribe and community by staying actively involved. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, camping, and traveling with his family.

Nicole McClure

Nicole McClure Krahn

Educator

Nichole “Nicki” McClure-Krahn is proud to be affiliated with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and the Blackfeet Tribe. McClure-Krahn graduated from Salish Kootenai College (SKC) with degrees in the following programs: Liberal Arts, Education, and Early Childhood Services. She was in the first SKC cohort at-distance group to graduate from Western Montana College with a Bachelors of Science in Education. She has been teaching at School District #30 for the last fourteen years. McClure-Krahn started working at Ronan Middle School after graduation and is currently the Kindergarten Activities Teacher at K. William Harvey Elementary, in Ronan, Montana.

McClure-Krahn was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the Ronan and Pablo communities. She is married to her high school sweetheart, David, and has two grown sons, Jeffrey and Justin, who also attended SKC. She has a granddaughter named Brooklyn, who is the apple of her eye!

“Ms. Nicki,” as her students call her, became a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in her community. She felt that teaching was the way to do that. She loves that she gets to serve as a positive role model for all of the children she works with. She encourages her students to be proud of who they are and to know where they come from.

If it weren’t for SKC, Ms. Nicki does not believe she would have attended college at all. Since both of her parents and her sisters were involved in Higher Education, it was their encouragement that prompted her to attend. She discovered that she loved learning and ultimately found herself drawn to the Education Program. Although her Bachelor's degree is from Western Montana College, all of her classes and student teaching were done at Salish Kootenai College.

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