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First People’s Center hires of development director

SHERIDAN — The First People’s Center for Education announced this week that Rod Trahan has been hired as the organization’s first development director.

“I am excited to apply my business experience to helping this organization increase its impact and expand its potential throughout the United States and Canada,” Trahan said in a media release.

“No matter what my job, I have always spent a lot of time reaching out to my tribal community, wanting to help and be engaged,” he added.

A Sheridan-based operation, the First People’s Center aims to provide professional development for elementary teachers of Native American students in literacy and mathematics.

Since assuming his duties in October, Trahan has worked to raise the organization’s visibility, create partnerships with outside organizations and secure funding to advance the group’s short-term priorities.

Trahan, best known locally as the owner and CEO of Action Coach — Streamline Enterprises, Inc., brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new post.

During his 13 years at the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont., he held several positions in the development department, including director of planned giving and chief planned giving officer, where he honed his skills in direct mail, major gifts and planned giving.

He also worked as chief fiscal officer for the Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority and administrative coordinator for the Western Energy Advanced Coal Conversion Process project.
Trahan holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana.
He continues to provide business consulting on a limited basis.

A member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Trahan lives in Sheridan with his wife, and their sons, Hunter and Decker, and daughter, Sawyer.

Rod is a local ambassador for the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and was honored as the Chamber’s 2011 Networker of the Year.

The First People’s Center for Education is gearing up to kick off a major capital campaign aimed at building a new institute for educators of indigenous populations at Sheridan’s Wrench Ranch.

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