Arlene Templer is a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and has worked for CSKT for more than 30 years. She currently serves as Director of CSKT’s Department of Human Resource Development (DHRD), where she administers the following programs: Commodities, Title III & VI – Elderly Programs, Fatherhood Program, Federal/State LiHeap, Food Distribution on Indian Reservations, WIA-Workforce Investment Act, Summer Youth Employment, Tribal Transit, TANF, Voc Rehab, Dire Need, Office of Community Services, Childcare Block Grant, JARC, Home Caregivers, Child Support Enforcement, Quick Silver gas station, and Sylvia’s Store. DHRD employs more than 100 staff and has a $14 million annual budget.
Arlene has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee at the request of U.S. Senator Max Baucus regarding meth use on reservations and its effect on tribal families. In 2007, she received the Orval Meyer Award For Transit Excellence from the Montana Transit Association. Arlene has a Master’s in Social Work, an ACSW-Academy of Certified Social Work certification, and a CRC-Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification.