Written by John Plestina
The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation were saddened by the death of Tribal Executive Board vice chairwoman Annette “Ann” Lambert, Friday, June 20.
Lambert, 62, was in her second term on the board. She was reelected in October 2013.
A prepared statement from the Fort Peck Tribes said Lambert dedicated her life to the service of her people, including as one of the founders of Fort Peck Community College, working for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., as a 20-year volunteer member of the Tribes Higher Education board of directors, director of A&S Oil and Gas, as assistant to the tribal chairman, and managing a joint venture construction company which assisted in the construction of facilities on the Northern Border Pipeline which runs through the Fort Peck Reservation, various highway projects, and the construction of the Chief Redstone Clinic in Wolf Point.
Fort Peck Tribes chairman A.T. Stafne expressed his thoughts on Lambert’s passing: “Ann was our friend and colleague. Her leadership and commitment to the advancement of our tribal members has been an inspiration to the young men and women of our reservation. Today is a sad day. We extend our condolences to Ann’s family. Ann was a great lady and helped her tribes all her life.”
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement: “Ann was a good friend and a strong leader for her Nation. She served as a role model for many in the Fort Peck Tribes and throughout Indian Country. Ann’s legacy of increasing economic development and education for all Native Americans will live on in children and the people of the Fort Peck Reservation. I want to express my condolences to Ann’s family and the entire Fort Peck Tribe.”
Lambert held degrees in business and education from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.