The tribal council elections saw Ernie Stensgar remain chairman and a new council member voted in.

Gene Hemene James replaced council member Leta Campbell. According to Tribe Public Relations Officer Jennifer Fletcher, it was the second time Mr. James sought nomination to the position.

“Ms. Campbell was unable to gain the votes needed to continue service and Gene Hemene James was voted in during his second run for tribal council,” Ms. Fletcher said. “He is an employee of the Natural Resources Department where he has worked for over 10 years and is passionate about the restoration and preservation of our lands and wildlife.”

In all, 11 candidates ran for two positions. Incumbent Council Member Charlotte Nilson retained her seat.

Council member Chief Allan replaced Dave Matheson as vice-chairman.

Don Sczenski remains secretary and treasurer.

According to Ms. Fletcher more than 400 members of the tribe cast ballots this election which is about the same as recent past elections.

Ms. Fletcher said the council will continue to focus on bettering the lives of tribal members across the nation and continuing to work with Idaho communities and organizations.

“The tribe wants to continue being good neighbors and the efforts put into education, restoration projects and the economic well-being of the area demonstrate the values behind that effort,” Ms. Fletcher said.

During the Idaho legislative session, the tribe sought and won approval to employ Dental Health Aide Therapists to enhance dental health care in the region.

The tribe contributes 5 percent of net gaming revenues to the fund education in Idaho as part of the 1992 gaming compact. According to the Tribe’s website more than $26 million was donated over the past 20 years.

“[The tribe] will continue to work with communities and organizations across the state to foster and develop relationships that will enable all people of Idaho to build stronger foundations for the goals and projects they are dedicated to,” Ms. Fletcher said.

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