Erin Belgarde is actively working to spark economic growth. She is the strategic planning coordinator for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI), including coordinating the Promise Zone program. She also runs project development for the Turtle Mountain Recovery Center.
She has been an employee of the TMBCI for 12 years. Previous to her employment at TMBCI, she worked for Spirit Lake Nation from 2003-2008.
She sits on the State Board Commission of National Community Service as the Tribal Representative and directs the TM AmeriCorps VISTA Program.
Belgarde is a graduate from Valley City State University and is currently enrolled in a master’s in legal studies in Indigenous Peoples Law at the University of Oklahoma Law. She is an enrolled member of MHA Nation and Descendant of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
Counties served (figures taken from 2018 census): Rolette County, population 14,301; Towner County, population 2,192; Benson County, population 6,962; Eddy County, population 2,313; Cavalier County, population 3,829; Ramsey County, population 11,481