Tribal Committees, Commissions and Boards
Tribal advisory committees are established to assist the Tribal Council in fulfilling its obliga-tions in governmental functions. A Committee provides advice, assistance and make recom-mendations to the Tribal Council in that Committee’s area of responsibility.
To further support Community and Family Service and strengthen Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nations mission to assist our Tribal Citizens to achieve their education goals.
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.
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.
Sharyne Harper: Committee Chair
Emily Reed: Committee Vice-Chair
Indian Child Welfare Advisory Board
The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Board is to prevent the break up of Indian Families and sup-port the safety and well being of TDN Children.
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.
That all TDN children live in safe homes that support their cultural, emotional, physical and educational needs.
Jeri Lynn Thompson
Youth Leadership Dee-ni’ Xaa-ghii-ne Mii~-Xvsh-xay
Light the path for our youth to guide them to their full potential: Cultivate and support them on their jour-ney to become future leaders.
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
Strong leaders that will lead our Tribal community to be successful, sustainable, healthy and humbly independent
Fish and Game
To develop principles, tribal code, ordinances and policies, promoting a comprehensive and cultural ap-proach 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 cere-monial and subsistence purposes.
“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.”
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.
Jaytuk Steinruck, Chair
Kurt Miller, Vice Chair
Eric Brundin, Member
Donald James, Member
Troy Travis, Member
Marvin Richards, Council Liaison
Tyler Travis, Alternate
Head Start Policy Council
Suntayea Steinruck: Committee Chair
Valerie Galindo: Committee Vice-chair
Mavis Tripp: Committee Treasurer
Vacant: Committee Secretary
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.
To develop appropriate housing opportunities for all Native Americans of Federally Recog-nized Tribes with preference given to its Tolowa Dee-ni’ nation (TDN) members who reside within the five county service area.
To one day provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to all tribal citizens living within our service areas.
Joel Bravo, Chairman
Leann Babcock-McCallum, Council Liaison
Tribal Emergency Response
To coordinate and integrate all activities required to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from and miti-gate 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
To promote tribal safety and reduce vulnerability to hazards and disasters
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
To implement the Enrollment Code that was established to define and regulate membership of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation in accordance with the Constitution.
To establish and uphold fair and uniform enrollment procedures which afford due process of the laws to all persons applying for enrollment.
To implement fair and uniform procedures for voter registration, qualification, and participation in the elec-toral and petition processes in accordance with the Constitution of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
To uphold the integrity of the Election Code and Constitution in order create an honest electoral process
To foster civic engagement of our citizenship in the electoral process
Tribal Employment Rights
The TERO Commission is responsible for guaranteeing that the TERO Code is upheld within the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s jurisdiction.
The Commission ensures that Tribal preferential hiring and contracting is performed equally, in an unbiased manner, and consistent with the TERO code and policies.
Maintaining the integrity of Indian Preference and supporting native owned businesses within Indian Coun-try.
Jerry Lynn Thompson