to better health opportunities
Our Staff and Board
The staff and board of Messengers for Health are community members dedicated to serving their families and neighbors.
Alma Knows His Gun-McCormick
Alma is a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian Tribe and fluently speaks her language. Her compassion for working with cancer stems from her personal experience of losing her daughter to cancer. From 1996-2000 she was the Outreach Coordinator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program. She first conducted outreach education with Apsáalooke Indian women, feeling a breakthrough about the awareness of the importance of the Pap test and mammograms. Later, she provided culturally sensitive education to all Indian women on the seven reservations and in urban Indian clinics in Montana. Alma’s focus has been on health education with the dream of continuing her work with women and men on the Crow reservation. She has fulfilled that dream by being the Executive Director for the Messengers for Health Program. She is a single mother with two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.
Learn more about Alma's recognitions and achievements in the news list.
Lucille Other Medicine, MSW
Lucille has a Master's degree in Social Work and has extensive experience in the research arena.
She has worked in mental health, law enforcement and education research. At MSU-Bozeman, she worked with the MAP AIRO PROGRAM, helping to write a successful grant for the students working in the labs. Elected as legislator for the Crow Tribe Legislative branch, she traveled to Washington DC and met with energy, health and education department to advocate for the Crow Tribe. She has met with local, state, federal governmental agencies regarding issues and concerns for the Crow Nation.
Christiane is a member of the Apsáalooke Nation and a descendent of the Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation. She received her master's degree in Community Health from Montana State University where she first began working with Messengers For Health as a student. She worked primarily with the Healthy Relationships project which aims toward domestic violence prevention and improving healthy relationships among Native youth. She is currently working to adapt the Báa nnilah program for other Tribal communities, overseeing the Board of Directors and is also our social media and website specialist.
When she is not working, she loves to bead, travel, explore new places and spend time with her family.
Sidney (Chip) Fitzpatrick
Apsáalooke Elders Support Advocate
Sidney is a retired Big Horn County Commissioner serving from 2010 to 2022. In this term he has served as Chair of the Board and numerous committees. Just to name a few; Public Safety, Justice & Resource Energy, Tribal Government relations, Human Resource Development, South Central Juvenile Detention, Montana Coal Board Vice Chairman, National Counties Association Chair for all Tribal relations and Hawaii. He is presently an Executive Board member for Volunteers of America Northern Rockies.
Previous to this term, Sidney served as Big Horn County Under Sheriff, BIA Law Enforcement officer, DARE Resource officer, Fire Arms and Weapons Instructor, Nationwide Tribal and Community Involvement, Crow Tribal Legislator 2006-2010, Tribal Wellness committee, and Hardin Intermediate school Intramural basketball referee and coach for Boys & Girls grade 5 & 6.
Sidney shares his positive attitude, communication and energetic skills to assist others to work hard, set goals and succeed. He is also a mentor, advocate and speaker for the Crow Reservation and surrounding communities.
Sidney is supported by his wife, children and grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys his years of sobriety, cultural customs, reading, keeping abreast of nationwide governmental issues and events, cooking, spending time with his family and enjoying his grandchildren’s sports events.
Our Board of Directors
Doris Stewart (Chair)
William Falls Down (Vice-Chair)
Alda Good Luck (Secretary/Treasurer)
Carol Good Luck
Executive Director, Alma McCormick received the 2024 Outstanding Community Partner Award at the Mountain West CTR-IN Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.