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Isabel O’Soup of Norquay has been a Board member with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming
Authority since April 2007 and has served as the elected Chief of the Key First Nation. She was
President of Women on the Move and a member of the Board for the First Nations University of
Canada and the Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Centre. Isabel O’Soup is also a current Board
member for the Sunrise Regional Health Authority.
In 2008, Chief Standingready rejoined the Board. He was first appointed to the Board in 2003,
holding the position of Chair until January 2007. Brian has held a variety of positions, including
Chief, council member, and band manager at the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle.
He has also served as the district representative for the Yorkton Tribal Council and has sat on
numerous boards, committees and commissions. Chief Standingready was re-elected as Chief of
White Bear First Nation in 2007. In 2011, Chief Standingready was awarded the First Nations
Canadian Gaming Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to First Nations gaming
in Saskatchewan.
Tribal Chief Thomas joined the SIGA Board of Directors in 2008. He was elected Tribal Chief of the
Saskatoon Tribal Council in October 2008 and has sat on a variety of boards including IGC, IGR and
HSDC. Tribal Chief Thomas has also participated on the committee on Health for the Assembly of
First Nations. Previously Chief of Kinistin First Nation, Felix participated on the Chiefs Committee
for the Assembly of First Nations. Tribal Chief Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of
Science in Physical Education (BSPE).
Chief Perry Bellegarde joined the SIGA Board on June 21, 2010.  A member of the Little Black Bear
First Nation, Chief Bellegarde served for 12 years on the executive of the Touchwood-File Hills-
Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, including terms as the Vice-President/Assistant Tribal Representative
and the President/Tribal Council Representative.  Chief Bellegarde served as Chief of the FSIN from
1998 to 2003, where he negotiated and signed the twenty-five year gaming agreement with the
Province of Saskatchewan. Chief Bellegarde served as a band councillor with the Little Black Bear
First Nation and was elected Chief in 2010.
Chief Delbert Wapass joined the SIGA Board in February 2011. A fluent speaker of the Cree
language, Chief Wapass holds a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies, a Bachelor of Education
(B. Ed.) and a Master of Education (M. Ed.). Chief Wapass has previously served with the FSIN
as both the Second and Third Vice Chief, with portfolio experience in economic development,
education and health. A very traditional and cultural person, Chief Wapass was raised by his
grandparents on the Thunderchild First Nation, and is an avid Powwow dancer and singer.
Chief Larry Ahenakew was appointed to the SIGA Board of Directors in May 2010. Originally from
Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation, Chief Ahenakew represents the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs
(BATC) where he was appointed Tribal Chief in April 2010. Chief Ahenakew graduated from the
University of Saskatchewan with a Native Studies degree. Chief Ahenakew was formerly a Band
Councillor on his reserve, which he held for twelve years before he decided to take on the larger
role of Chief. Chief Ahenakew is currently fulfilling a third term.
Senator Roland Crowe of the Piapot First Nation joined the SIGA Board in an advisory capacity in
2009. Senator Crowe began a career in public life in the 1960s, serving four years as Councillor
and six years as Chief of his home community. In the 1980s, he committed himself to work in
the interests of all Saskatchewan First Nations, serving four years as Vice Chief and three terms
as elected Chief of the FSIN. Some of his notable achievements include signing the 1992 TLE
agreement, which all of SIGA’s casinos are currently on; setting up low income housing in five of
our urban communities, which brought into place 1000 units for local people; and negotiating the
original gaming agreement with the province of Saskatchewan.