The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation Bismarck Satellite Office advocates for all tribal members living off the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Under the leadership of Chairman Mark N. Fox, the Satellite Office provides essential health, financial, education and social services In North Dakota’s capital city.
In keeping with Chairman Fox’s focus on increasing the standard of living for all tribal members, the Satellite Office provides many health and education services. Through the Satellite Office, MHA Nation members can schedule childhood vaccinations, diabetic, HIV, and other screenings, and receive assistance with health education. The Satellite Office also assists with in-home nursing care services, information on health insurance, and assistance with medical appointments and referrals.
The Bismarck Satellite Office serves as an essential link between the MHA Nation headquarters and tribal members living away from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
“The Bismarck/Mandan/Lincoln area is home to close to 1,500 members,” said Bismarck Satellite Office Director Mark Little Owl. “The Chairman often jokes that it’s his largest segment.”
The Satellite Office also aids in social services and domestic violence advocacy, and provides community referrals for individual and family care services. Little Owl, who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota, works to support tribal members in myriad ways.
“We advocate for our enrolled members,” said Little Owl. “From age zero to 100, from our youth to our elders, we advocate for them any way we can.”
The Satellite Office provides tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students, and encourages members to pursue higher education. The Satellite Office will hold College Ready Events, which provide on-site help in understanding financial aid and applying for the FAFSA, college applications, and scholarships.
The office provides applications for tribal enrollment, small loans, higher education, and other programs. Important tribal documents are available on the office’s website (mhasatelliteoffice.com).
Special events hosted by the Satellite Office include summer picnics and an annual Christmas party. 2018’s Christmas party was held at the Bismarck Event Center, and was attended by approximately 750 MHA Nation members.
The Satellite Office also participates in Chairman Fox’s Health Initiatives, which encourages tribal members to seek healthy lifestyles. Through the Satellite Office, MHA Nation members are able to receive YMCA memberships with half of the cost paid for by the tribe.
Chairman Fox also encourages youth activities, encouraging young tribal members to participate in the annual Chairman’s Bowl. Due to the popularity of the event, the Bismarck Satellite Office may send more than one team this year.
While located in Bismarck, the Satellite Office aids all members living off the reservation.
“Chairman Fox provides services to anyone living off the reservation,” said Little Owl.
MHA Nation Satellite Office
107 W. Main Ave, Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58501