BOT officers being sworn in are Chair Gary I. Burke; Vice Chair Aaron Ashley; Treasurer Raymond Huesties; Secretary Roberta J. Wilson; and Members At Large Toby Patrick, Steven Hart, Corinne Sams and Lisa Ganuelas. General Council officers taking their oaths are Chair Alan Crawford, Vice Chair Michael R. Johnson, Secretary Martina Gordon and Interpreter Thomas Morning Owl.

CTUIR voters elect 6 new members, keep 6 incumbents

MISSION, Ore. – On Tuesday, Nov. 14, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) elected six new members and six incumbents to the Board of Trustees and General Council to lead the tribe for the next two years. 

The CTUIR’s governing body, the Board of Trustees will have four new members.

Gary I. Burke replaces N. Kathryn Brigham as BOT chair, while Aaron Ashley retained his seat as BOT vice chair.

Raymond Huesties will replace Sandra Sampson as BOT treasurer, while Roberta J. Wilson will replace Sally Kosey as BOT secretary. Three incumbent board members at large retained their seats: Toby Patrick, Corinne Sams and Lisa Ganuelas. Steven Hart was elected as the fourth board member at large.

Alan Crawford was elected the new General Council chair, defeating write-in candidate Boots Pond. Michael Ray Johnson retained his seat as General Council vice chair, and Martina Gordon won the General Council secretary seat as a write-in candidate. As for General Council interpreter, incumbent Thomas Morning Owl defeated Fred Hill Sr. Both were write-in candidates.

Pond, who is a BOT member at large, ran a write-in campaign for General Council chair after failing to properly file election paperwork for his at large seat. Current General Council Chair Lindsey X. Watchman did not seek re-election. 

The elected officials take office Nov. 29 in a 9 a.m. ceremony at the Nixyáawii Governance Center. The public is invited to attend.

Following are the unofficial election results showing the number of votes received. The winners are identified with an asterisk, in bold. The certified results will be completed in accordance with the Election Code.

Board of Trustees Chair        

*Gary I. Burke                        371

N. Kathryn Brigham                338

Board of Trustees Vice Chair

*Aaron Ashley                       438

Kola Thompson                       274

Board of Trustees Treasurer

*Raymond Huesties              404

Sandra Sampson                    325

Board of Trustees Secretary

*Roberta J. Wilson                368

Sally Kosey                             329

Board of Trustees Members At Large

*Toby Patrick                         496

*Steven Hart                         362

*Corinne Sams                      326

*Lisa Ganuelas                      319

Matthew Farrow Jr.                 290

Linda A. Sampson                  229

Shawna Gavin                         207

David Wolf Jr.                         195

Cami Lewis                             142

Victor Bates                            141

Jesse Bevis Sr.                       108

General Council Chair

*Alan Crawford                     395

Boots Pond (Write-In)             254                 

General Council Vice Chair

*Michael R. Johnson             633

General Council Secretary

*Martina Gordon (Write-In)  125

Shawna Gavin (Write-In)        44

General Council Interpreter

*Thomas Morning Owl (WI) 177

Fred Hill Sr. (Write-In)             65