LAME DEER, Mont. – In a surprising move in mid- October, the five-member Board of Commissioners for the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority (NCTHA) by a unanimous vote did not renew the contract of the long-term Executive Director, Lafe Haugan.
Haugan, who had held the post for eleven years, was under contract with NCTHA, rather than classified as a tribal employee, one of the highest paid positions on the reservation.
Vice-chair of the Commissioners, Lane Spotted Elk, representing the Lame Deer
District commented, “This was not personal, the Board just felt that the members of the Tribe and community deserve improved housing services”. Spotted Elk was recently the top vote-getter in the Lame Deer district primary election for Tribal Council.
The NCTHA also took action to appoint Linda Simpson, Acquistions Department Manager an NCTHA employee for 21 years as the Interim Executive Director while a search is conducted. There are also several other additional vacancies within the NCTHA, which will soon be posted.
Haugen, whose last day as Executive Director was October 19, 2018 could not be reached for comment.