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Tribal Council Election Statements
My name is Garland Brunoe; I am Wasco of the Dog
River Band. My father was Urban Brunoe and my
mother Mary Brunoe. My grandfather was Jerry Brunoe
who was chairman of Tribal Council when the Consti
tution and By-Laws of our people were established. My
father served on Tribal Council in 1956 - 1959. I com
pleted my education at Southern Oregon College with
a degree in business. I worked for Proctor and Gamble,
Warm Springs Forest Product Industry, Kah-Nee-Ta and
the tribal organization. I was, elected by the people, to
serve on the 21" Tribal Council (May 1998 - May 2001).
The 21" Tribal Council selected me to serve as the vice
chairman during this period.
Ralph Minnick nominated me at the Wasco Tribe
nominations on March 16,h and I accepted to be a can
didate for the 22"d Tribal Council. I am writing to you
today to ask for your vote. Your vote for me would mean
you trust me to be your representative for the next three
years (May 2001 - May 2004).
I would like to share with you some things I have
learned as I come to the end of my first term as vice
chairman of the 21" Tribal Council. It is the people
that have the power to change our community. Our
treaty and sovereignty must always be protected. Our
languages and culture must be preserved, as that is who
we were created to be. Our chiefs are to be the leaders
with the help of other Tribal Council members. Our
Constitution and By-Laws guide the decisions of Tribal
Council. When necessary we are to work with other
tribes, federal, state, county, city and other organiza
tions with our treaty and sovereignty always in mind.
It is the responsibility of the Tribal Council to find ef
fective ways to inform the tribal members about what
Tribal Council is doing.
As we approach the next three years we are faced
with a Republican majority party that will need to be
educated about Indian Country. Our Tribe has a de
cline in revenue with inflation, operating costs, popu
lation growth, housing needs, rising health care costs,
education challenges, Court and public safety issues,
drug and alcohol along with gang problems, job short
ages, and infrastructure needs. We are being challenged
by the State of Oregon in our desire to build a casino.
Our treaty fishing rights are continually being tested.
IHS and the self-governance tribes are testing our health
care funding promised in our treaty. We are at a critical
time in finalizing our agreement with PGE with the
dams built on our waters. Our people are not short of
challenges in the days to come.
We always need leaders that are honest, humble and
hard workers. Today we need such leaders and those
with experience in Tribal Council matters and that can
work in unity. I encourage all eligible voters to take time
to review the candidates and vote keeping in mind the
challenges we face as a people. I thank you for allowing
me to serve you in the 21 Tribal Council and I would
be most humble to serve the people in the 22nd Tribal
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M Ginger Smith
To the people of my Reservation:
This is who I am for those of you who don't know
me. My great grandfather was Chief Tumlikt of the
Wasco Tribe who lived at Mood River in the late 1700s
and early 1800s. Grandparents on my dad's side are
Robert and Annie R. Smith. Great grandparents on my
mom's side are Captain George Scott and Annie Stutkt
Scott. Grandparents on my mother's side are Jimmy
Scott and Addie Thomas Scott. My parents are Alfred
and Lucinda Scott Smith. My Kiksht name is Clabinwa
after dad's mother, a name given to me by Annie when
I was born. I have lived and worked here at Warm
Springs all my life. This is where my roots arc. That is
who I am.
, This is one or those times when our reservation needs
help. We have come a long way since 1938 when our
Council adopted the Wheeler-Howard Act to make us
self-governing. I won't say many words on paper, but if
fortunate enough to be elected to Council, my plans are
to have my say at the Council table and to the people in
public meetings. I don't believe in using big words that
aren't understandable. This hinders communication
with the people. I won't say anything in this paper that
I wouldn't say to you directly.
I feel that our top priorities are revenue-building and
economic development, with knowledgeable managers
selected to concentrate on these areas. While building
revenue and economy, we need more accountability in
every area including all of the enterprises and tribal
government. We need funds to keep operations going.
We need to improve the economy to bring in money
for such things as helping tribal members start their
own businesses, or to improve their current business.
This and all future Councils need to keep a close eye on
national and state legislation and actions that may af
fect us as a tribe
I have worked in many areas for the tribe as well as
the U.S. government: steno pool, tribal court, probate,
Indian Health Service, finance, management informa
tion systems, and support for management. These jobs
have given me the opportunity to see what these areas
are responsible for. Working with committees, taking
council minutes, inner workings of court and probate,
health needs of the people, budget, and how manage
ment decisions were made when I worked as manage
ment support. Currently I serve on the Education Com
mittee and the Appellate Court.
I am fully aware of what I would be taking on if
elected. I do realize that it takes a majority of Council
to make a decision and the chairman votes only in a
case of a tie vote. The Constitution and By-Laws is the
document that is intended to guide the Council in its
I would appreciate your support on April 9. If you
have questions on how I feel about certain issues, I will
be around to answer wherever you catch me, at the Post
Office, store, meetings, wherever. Although we are three
different tribes, we are confederated, and with Council
members working together, I believe we can tackle many
problems. Everyone get out and VOTE! Your ballot
could be the deciding one on who is selected to repre
sent your people. Good luck to all candidates. Thank
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Bern ice Mitchell (pictured)
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Zane Jackson (pictured)
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A few words of encouragement and good feelings for
the tomorrows ahead for our tribal members. Every
since our ciders made plans for our future, we have been
the grandchildren in their good thoughts and hopes for
better living conditions in our lives. In keeping with
the same wishes for our own children, we must make
sure our children have the same thinking our ancestors
did when they were forced to move to this reservation.
Learning the times to give thanks to our creator for the
roots, berries, salmon and meat.
I was raised by my grandmother Eva Polk in Holly
wood. Since leaving home in 1966, I finished a four
year carpenter's apprentice program, a cement finish
ing class, a falling and bucking training, a welding class
and I also have training to inspect homes for home buy
ers. I have worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland,
the Columbia River, Beaverton, and the Confederated
Tribes of Warm Springs. I have an honorable discharge
from the Marine Corps.
I get concerned when a tribal member has something
to say at the Longhouse. When the budget is posted ,
and approved by the Tribal Council. The way the bud
get is posted is the way the budget should be spent, not
moved around to wherever department. That cuts the
services to the tribal membership.
Today I'm encouraging all tribal members to vote in
their district for members who will work for them. Keep
out past leaders who have stolen monies from the tribes.
Vote in tribal councilmen that will work together for
the good of all tribal members.
We are all one people. I hear that said all the time.
We better be one people if we are to succeed in the things
that come to us in the future. We can create employ
ment, new profitable enterprises, and more self-employment.
The next Tribal Council should get all the things
that are possible done right away.
I am the owner of Tom Kalama Construction, doing
remodeling, new small construction, new and old roof
ing since 1994. We have Tom and Jan's Food Service.
Jeanine does an Indian Taco and fry bread.
I'm Warm Springs, Wasco, Piaute, Nisqually, Pit
River and Hawaiian. My father was Charles Martin
Kalama (Chips) and my mother was Bertha Mitchell
Some of our tribal members think they are above
the law and can do no wrong. They don't realize that
we see them in a different way. If we are unhappy with
the things that have happened to us, lets change some
of our leadership. If the tribal membership does not
make changes in our leadership, we are asking for more
of die same treatment from some of our same council-
men. How many of our councilmen have kept their
promise to the tribal members, when they said I do;
when taking the oath of Tribal Council office.
Well enough of everything for now. If I have the op
portunity to take the oath for Tribal Council I will
promise to do my best to help make good decisions for
the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Working as
a team with other councilmen that are going to vote on
good, honest things for the tribes. Don't forget to vote
in your district It might be your vote that decides who
is on Council Thank you for your time.