Ashley Burnham (maiden name Callingbull) recently won Mrs. Universe, she is the first Cree woman to win the pageant.
The theme for the 2015 Mrs. Universe competition is “battling domestic violence and child abuse“. Speaking about her own history of being sexually abused as a child and as a result, reconnecting to her Cree culture, Mrs. Burnham said “It’s very traditional and we don’t believe in doing drugs and alcohol or being involved with the wrong crowd. It is a very positive lifestyle.”
In 2011 the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation gave her the Role Model Award. Dreamcatcher is an off shoot of Grand River Enterprises (GRE), the principal shareholders of GRE are Ken Hill and Jerry Montour. In 2013 she was a finalist in the 2013 Miss Universe Canada pageant and was sponsored by Dreamcatcher and Josh Hill. Ken Hill’s son Josh Hill is best known for his rap video with Snoop Dogg called “Blowed”, which was controversial for its use of “pocahotties“.
Ashley Burnham has called Ken Hill her father-in-law:
From left to right: Jerry Montour, Mike Tyson and Kenny Hill (Ken Hill)
Grand River Enterprises is controversial alone but Ken Hill has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman; the case never proceeded to trial.
Jerry Montour has recently been named as the alleged financier of a large marijuana manufacturing site on native lands at the Alturas Indian Rancheria and the XL Ranch in Modoc County, California.
In an affidavit it listed Jerry Montour’s previous convictions:
1978 – possession of an unregistered restricted weapon
1983 – breaking and entering and theft
1984 – failure to comply with conditions of undertaking
1985 – possession of a narcotic
1988 – conspiracy to import a narcotic
1991 – cultivation of a narcotic
In 2008 Roxanne Montour, daughter of Jerry Montour, pleaded guilty to bribing a jail guard to help her boyfriend smuggle $7,000 worth of marijuana into the Barton Street jail.
Ashley Burnham married Ryan Burnham who is on the board of directors for Dreamcatcher. The address listed for Ryan Burnham seems to be a large property in six nations.
Update January 20, 2016: An article in on chatelaine.com confirmed Ryan Burnham’s father is “part owner of Grand River Enterprises“.