The Tribal Council is the main governing entity.
The Tribal Council is the main governing entity.
TRIBAL COUNCIL CHAIRMAN
Ron was appointed to the Tribal Council in 1975. He has served as the Chair since 1977 and as Chief Executive Officer since 1982. He is a member of the JKT Art Board, Hunting/Fishing Committee (Ad Hoc member), Tribal Gaming Commission, and U.S. Canada/Pacific Salmon Commission. He served four years as President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and a total of 26 years as an officer since 1989. He is currently President of the Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA). Ron serves as a Tribal representative on Advisory Councils for U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (DOT/IRS).
TRIBAL COUNCIL VICE-CHAIR
Loni Grinnell-Greninger (“yúčciʔə”) was appointed to be the interim Tribal Vice Chair in January 2020. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, and her Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College in 2016. Her professional experience includes four years of working with the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) as an Office of Indian Policy Regional Manager, and then as a Statewide Tribal Liaison. Both positions led to help create systems and policy that increases access to state services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Additionally, another role was to educate state workers in the government-to-government relationship that the State has with its Federally Recognized Tribes. In 2017, her Tribe called her home to serve her people as the Deputy Director of Social & Community Services. She continues to partner with the State and local governments in the overall work to benefit Washington’s Tribal Nations. She currently sits on the Governor’s Oversight Board for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, is an Alternative Delegate to the Washington State DSHS Indian Policy Advisory Committee, and participates in local workgroups to further education and resources between the State and Tribe. Loni also received her Klallam Language Certification, in June 2019, to bring the Klallam language back to Jamestown.
TRIBAL COUNCIL SECRETARY
Rochelle was appointed to the interim Tribal Council Secretary position in January 2020. She graduated with her Masters of Business Administration in 2016. She has served as Secretary for the Jamestown Higher Education Committee since 2013. She is also currently a member of the Jamestown Community Network Committee. Additionally, Rochelle serves as the Secretary on the Board of Washington Association of Tribal Regulators. She has worked for the Tribe as the Executive Director of the Tribal Gaming Agency (TGA) for the past four years and worked at 7 Cedars Casino for 15 years prior to taking the TGA position.
TRIBAL COUNCIL TREASURER
Theresa was elected to the position of Tribal Council Treasurer in 2008. After attending college, Theresa moved back to the area and went to work for Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. While there she served on local boards, including the local Food Bank, and Healthy Families. She retired after 34 years from the state and shortly after ran successfully for Tribal Council.
She currently chairs the Jamestown Health Committee on which she has served since 1994. She also chairs the Jamestown Housing Improvement Committee on which she has served since 1992. She has served on the Jamestown Higher Education Committee since 1994 and currently serves as chair of the Jamestown Art Board on which she has served since 2008. In those capacities, and in her position on Council, she works to develop resources to assist our citizens and particularly our Elders, in law enforcement, education, health, housing, and social services. The “Elder Honoring Luncheon” began 13 years ago under Theresa’s vision and continues to grow stronger.
Regionally, Theresa serves on the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, American Indian Health Commission and was recently appointed to the Salish Sea Behavioral Health Policy Board, which represents all citizens in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam Counties.
TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBER
Kurt was elected to the Tribal Council in October, 2004. He has served on the Hunting and Fishing Committee for 33 years. He is the Tribe’s Aquaculture Manager. He currently serves as Tribal Policy Liaison for the Tribe’s Natural Resource Department and Chair of the Natural Resource Committee. In 1981 he became a gill-net fisher, and then began attending fin-fish negotiation meetings with the Makah and Point Elliot Treaty Tribes. In the early 90’s he served as the Indian Child Welfare Case Worker, Chemical Dependency Counselor and Social Worker, and since that time he has also served the Tribe in the areas of education, housing and culture. In 1995, he became a commercial geoduck diver.