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Tribal Committees, Commissions and Boards

Tribal advisory committees are established to assist the Tribal Council in fulfilling its obligations in governmental functions. A Committee provides advice, assistance and make recommendations to the Tribal Council in that Committee’s area of responsibility.

Purpose 

To implement fair and uniform procedures for voter registration, qualification, and participation in the electoral and petition processes in accordance with the Constitution of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.

Mission 

To uphold the integrity of the Election Code and Constitution in order create an honest electoral process

Vision 

To foster civic engagement of our citizenship in the electoral process

Commissions 

  • Emily Reed—Chair
  • Sandi Netzel
  • Tracie Whipple
  • Debbie Boardman
  • Don James--Alternate

Purpose 

To implement the Enrollment Code that was established to define and regulate membership of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation in accordance with the Constitution.

Mission 

To establish and uphold fair and uniform enrollment procedures which afford due process of the laws to all persons applying for enrollment.

Committee Members 

  • Joel Bravo-Chairperson
  • Jeri Thompson
  • Loren Bommelyn
  • Joseph Giovannetti
  • Marian Lopez

Purpose 

To develop principles, tribal code, ordinances and policies, promoting a comprehensive and cultural approach to conservation, enhancement and management of our resources.

To establish the Committee as meaningful participants at the policy level.

To provide healthy cultural and natural resources to the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal population for ceremonial and subsistence purposes.

Mission 

“Honoring Our Past; Serving Our Tribal Family; Protecting Our Culture and Independence; and Controlling Our Future through Stewardship and Conservation of Our Cultural and Natural Resources.”

Vision 

To protect and enhance the cultural and natural resources of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and to ensure that the cultural heritage of our people will guide the oversight in management of our cultural and natural re-sources for future generations.

Committee Members 

  • Jaytuk Steinruck, Chair
  • Kurt Miller, Vice Chair
  • Eric Brundin, Member
  • Donald James, Member
  • Troy Travis, Member
  • Marvin Richards, Council Liaison
  • Tyler Travis, Alternate

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Committee Members

  • Marta Brundin
  • Loren Bommelyn
  • Sue Jocsing
  • Adrienne Thomas
  • Andromeda Lopez
  • Jeri Thompson—Council Liaison

Parent Committee’s Purpose: All parents and guardians of any child enrolled in the Head Start Program are a member of the Parent Committee. The Officers of the Parent Committee are the same as Parent Policy Council. The Parent Committee is structured to provide parents with opportunities to assist in the development of activities that address their interests and needs to support the healthy development of their children. In September, the Parent Committee will nominate and elect four (4) parents/guardians officers of current enrolled head Start children and two (2) community members who will serve as voting representatives on the Parent Policy Council.

Parent Policy Council Purpose: will work in partnership with the Head Start Management, to establish and monitor long and short term program goals/objectives, provide recommendations on policies and procedures for the ongoing operation and success of the program, and approve and recommend program priorities to the Tribal Council.

Mission

Vision 

Parent Policy Council/Committee Officers 2017-18 

  • Laura Valley: Committee Chair
  • Valerie Galindo: Committee Vice-chair
  • Alexis Calderon: Committee Treasurer
  • Antonia Contreras: Committee Secretary
  • Amanda O’Connell: Community (ELC) Representative
  • Delfinia Danner: Community Representative
  • Tribal Council Liaison: Denise Padgette

Purpose 

To further support Community and Family Service and strengthen Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nations mission to assist our Tribal Citizens to achieve their education goals.

Mission 

To strengthen, protect and advance the overall education experience and opportunities for our Tribal students. We will respect and promote our Tribal values and cultural identity.

Vision 

A future which all our people-especially our youth, the stewards of our future-have access to vast opportunities, and have the ability, confidence, and courage to advance and achieve their goals, infused with an unshakeable belief in our endless potential.

Committee Members 

  • Sharyne Harper: Committee Chair
  • Emily Reed: Committee Vice-Chair
  • Kara Brundin-Miller
  • Joseph Giovannetti - Tribal Liaison
  • Katrina Upton
  • Darrell Moorehead

Purpose 

To provide input from its tribal citizens in the implementation and development of Housing Policies. The Committee bridges the gap between the Nation and its members.

Mission 

To develop appropriate housing opportunities for all Native Americans of Federally Recognized Tribes with preference given to its Tolowa Dee-ni’ nation (TDN) members who reside within the five county service area.

Vision 

To one day provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to all tribal citizens living within our service areas.

Committee Members 

  • Joel Bravo, Chairman
  • Amanda O’Connell
  • Tamara Lewis
  • Sunnae Walker
  • Jeri Thompson
  • Andromeda Lopez
  • Leann Babcock-McCallum, Council Liaison

Purpose 

The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Board is to prevent the break up of Indian Families and support the safety and well being of TDN Children.

Mission 

To support the best interests of tribal children and the cultural and social needs of TDN by complying with the Indian Child Welfare Act and Tolowa Dee-ni Nations Children’s Code.

Vision 

That all TDN children live in safe homes that support their cultural, emotional, physical and educational needs.

Committee Members 

  • Joel Bravo
  • Jeri Lynn Thompson
  • Mabel Boardman
  • Lynn Gonzalez
  • Adrienne Thomas
  • Sue Jocsing—Alternate

Mission 

To coordinate and integrate all activities required to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate natural and human-caused disasters in order to protect our Tribal family, natural and cultural resources and independence, while controlling the future of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation

Vision 

To promote tribal safety and reduce vulnerability to hazards and disasters

Committee Members 

  • Denise Padgette Council Liaison
  • Jeri Thompson Council Liaison
  • Marvin Richards Sr. Council Liaison
  • AJ Mickee Fuel Mart/Restaurant Rep
  • Bret Wells TDN Maint. Rep
  • Darrell Moorehead SRFD Rep
  • Duane Walker L7 Security Rep
  • Felicity Lopez CFS Rep
  • Geoff Antill SRFD Rep
  • Katrina Upton Oregon Rep
  • Laura Valley TGA Rep
  • Mark Soot Fiscal Rep
  • Marty Wortman L7 Casino Maint. Rep
  • Nicol Aubrey Head Start Rep
  • Tessa LaFazio Natural Resources Rep
  • Virginia Young Administration Rep
  • Zack Chapman TERO Rep

Purpose 

The TERO Commission is responsible for guaranteeing that the TERO Code is upheld within the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s jurisdiction.

Mission 

The Commission ensures that Tribal preferential hiring and contracting is performed equally, in an unbiased manner, and consistent with the TERO code and policies.

Vision 

Maintaining the integrity of Indian Preference and supporting native owned businesses within Indian Country.

Commissioners 

  • Jeri Lynn Thompson
  • Leann McCallum
  • Scott Sullivan
  • Stevie Lemke

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Committee Members 

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Committee Members 

Purpose 

Light the path for our youth to guide them to their full potential: Cultivate and support them on their journey to become future leaders.

Mission 

To cultivate and support our youth; to ensure success of future generations by instilling the tools they need to build strong character and to realize their full potential as responsible citizens and future leaders

Vision 

Strong leaders that will lead our Tribal community to be successful, sustainable, healthy and humbly independent

Committee Members 

  • Courtney Chisman
  • Faith Campbell
  • Felicity Lopez
  • Stephanie Chisman
  • Alixander Lopez

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