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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

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 the cultural and natural resources of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and to ensure that the heritage of our people will provide oversight in the management of our natural resources for future generations.

Goals:
1. To develop principles, tribal laws, plans and policies by promoting a comprehensive and cultural approach to conservation, enhancement and management of all our natural resources.
2. To establish the Committee as meaningful participants at the policy level.
3. To ensure healthy cultural and natural resources to the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal citizens for ceremonial and subsistence purposes.

Description of Services:
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Fish and Game Committee was officially formed and members sworn into office on December 09, 2011. In August 2018, the Committee agreed to change the name of the committee to the Natural Resources & Harvesting Committee, in order to encompass a wider variety of resource issues. The Standing Committee Policy establishes duties and powers of the Committee and ascertains that it is an advisory board to the TDN Tribal Council (which retains the ultimate authority to address these issues).

Duties of the committee include advisement and consultation of the following:
• Conservation and management of the Tribe’s cultural resources, natural resources, and lands;
• Annual and seasonal harvesting regulations;
• Harvesting methods & take of flora and fauna;
• Fire management;
• Invasive species removal;
• Habitat restoration;
• Water quality;
• TDN (in-house) & external projects;
• Plans, policies, and laws;
• Distribution of information to Tribal citizens and TDN Tribal Council; and
• Additional concerns from the Tribal community regarding the Tribe’s natural resources

Management of our natural resources and the strategic development of guidelines and policies for TDN citizens involve many areas and levels of expertise to completely, and consistently, protect TDN inherent rights.

Appointed Committee Members:
• Jaytuk Steinruck, Chair
• Kurt Miller, Vice Chair
• Eric Brundin
• Troy Travis
• Don James
• Tyler Travis
• Vacancy

Components:
The Committee holds one regular meeting per month to accommodate committee involvement of Tribal members.

One issue of continual discussion and evaluation is the Tribal management of our resources and what impact it will have in the way of jurisdiction. Dialog and communication is a Tribal management tool that will influence effective conservation management.

It is imperative that all levels of Tribal government work towards strengthening sovereignty for the benefit of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.

Purpose 

Mission 

Vision

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

Purpose 

Mission 

Vision: 

Committee Members:

  • Kara Miller
  • Loren Bommelyn (Chair)
  • Marian Lopez
  • Tom Richmond
  • Garrett Campbell
  • Jaytuk Steinruck
  • Darrell Moorehead
  • Adrienne Thomas
  • Sue Jocsing

Purpose 

Mission 

Vision: 

Committee Members:

  • Loren Bommelyn (Chair)
  • Scott Sullivan
  • Pyuwa Bommelyn
  • Nicol Aubrey
  • Andromeda Lopez
  • Mendy Hinshaw

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

  • Felicity Lopez
  • Courtney Chisman
  • Morgan Perry

Purpose:

Mission:

Vision: 

Committee Members:

  • Briannon Fraley
  • Don James (Chair)
  • Loren Bommelyn
  • Cara Owings
  • Jill Richards
  • Kara Miller (Council Liaison)

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