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Few people impacted the Tribes more than Jackie Weeks.

Jackie Weeks

The former Tribes Secretary Accountant and Tribal Operations manager passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Weeks, 73, retired in 2020, having worked over 50 years for the Fort Peck Tribes. 

Tribal employees are being granted administrative leave from 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 24, 2022, for Weeks’ funeral, according to a memo from Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure.  

Since she graduated college, Weeks has been working as the Tribal Operations manager and there are so many things she is responsible for, such as the A&S Tribal Industries factory complex, Tribal Express, the Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center, phase three of the new tribal building, and the new Adult Tribal Jail. 

The Tribal Constitution calls for a change in the Tribal Executive Board every two years, and when there is a change in leadership it also calls for a new Secretary Accountant. Several people held this position over the years. Weeks was named Secretary Accountant by numerous administrations and saw leaders come and go.

Regardless of changes in Tribal Council’s, the one constant has always been Weeks.

Jackie Weeks, center, walking into the Fort Peck Community College graduation. She is behind council member Stacey Summers and Leslie Gourneau.

Being in the Tribal Building, many current employees came to know Weeks. Her office was also responsible for registering tribal members to vote in tribal elections. Grants and other outside funding came from Weeks efforts.

In a previous story on Weeks, Chairman Azure described her as being “the backbone of the Fort Peck Tribes.” 

Long time tribal employees remember Weeks as a wise and enjoyable woman who could brighten their day.

Receptionist Yvette Todd has worked for the Tribes for the past 18 years and she came to know Weeks through the constant phone interactions. Aside from being very professional, Weeks had a way of making someone smile even on a phone call, she said.

Tribal Enrollment Clerk Twyla Red Eagle has been with the Tribes 19 years, and she remembers Weeks professionalism at work. Weeks was her boss and Red Eagle said she would peek in and check on her from time to time.

When Weeks passed away, the Tribal Government honored her by flying the Tribal Flag at half mast.  

A Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023 at the Southside School. Feed to follow services at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Cremation will follow.

A news article on Jackie Weeks when she started with the Tribes years ago. This is from the Tribes newspaper the Wotanin Wowapi.


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Louis H. Montclair

A journalist on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Owner of tribaltimesnews.com
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