Fort Peck Tribes, Montana

The Fort Peck Tribes in Montana is a reservation and community which is home to two out of the more than 550 recognized Native American tribes in the United States. Rich with history and traditions, the umbrella organization was formed in the late 1800s to serve the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.

It needed a high-tech solution for both emergency and day-to-day communications. It also faces a troubling threat of human trafficking, which is not unusual for tribes living near the boom-and-bust cycle of the energy extraction industry. Fort Peck Tribes turned to Regroup Mass Notification to serve its needs.

Emergencies and Day-to-Day Communication Needs

Fort Peck Tribes administrators use mass notifications for:

  • Work-related messages, on any device, for business continuity and meeting or schedule awareness
  • Conducting active shooter drills
  • Emergency notifications, including weather alerts and warnings
  • Be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) messages for the community to help find at-risk missing people, or people who might cause a threat to the community
“With our current situation with the oil boom, we will utilize Regroup in case of human trafficking and missing people.Melvin Scott
Chief Technology Officer

A Troubling Modern Problem

An unsettling trend has emerged from the extraction industry, including hydraulic fracturing and oil drilling. As temporary living situations accommodate the industry’s many workers, often in remote locations, these “mini boom towns” or “man camps” bring with them an increase in sexual crimes and human trafficking. Both the United Nations Development Program and the U.S. State Department have released reports on this terrible problem around the world and in the United States.

Fort Peck Tribes is one of many reservations located near the boom-and-bust cycle of energy extraction, and the dangers that can accompany it. The Fort Peck Reservation is able to use Regroup to inform its community about human trafficking, and to immediately notify residents about missing people — in a timely manner on any device.

For its part, several organizations involved in the extraction industry, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers, say they are aware of the problem. They say they are working to raise awareness and combat human trafficking near their operations.

Regroup’s Experience Serving Tribes and Casinos

Regroup has a wealth of experience working with tribes including Fort Peck Tribes, serving tribal communities all over the United States. Since 2018, Regroup has signed or re-signed 15 tribal communities as clients, and they are now using our SaaS mass notification platform for a variety of needs.

Over the same time period, Regroup added seven casino clients, many of which are owned by tribal communities. These casinos will leverage the mass notifications they use for emergencies and business continuity to communicate with the entire community about weather events, road closures, and important public health information.

Flexible Messaging, Unlimited Admins

With Regroup, you’ll never find yourself in a position where you cannot send notifications. We offer unlimited messaging options to meet your needs so you can always send your important messages. Every account also allows unlimited groups, admins, and templates.

Multiple Partnerships

Regroup has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). IPAWS is used by federal, state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities to alert members of the public to everything from Amber Alerts to imminent threats to the community. Regroup also works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue critical weather information to communities, and has been recognized as a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador.

Emergency Alerts Made Easy

When seconds count, pre-programmed QuickPost Templates help you get information out fast. Regroup also offers automated alerts from IPAWS, NOAA, National Weather System (NWS), ShakeAlert early earthquake warnings, and more.

24/7 Client Support

You’ll have a knowledgeable support team by your side to help with onboarding, training, and sending alerts anytime you need them – day or night.

Geofence Messaging

When location matters, notify residents in specific areas about current dangers or relevant updates. Draw an area on a map or send based on recipients’ addresses.