Archive for January 19th, 2012

Missoulian reporter Vince Devlin introduces us to Joe Durglo and gives an update on the issues the new Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal chairman has on his plate:

PABLO – The new chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes says he’s not going to try to guess what message members may have been sending last month when they turned four out of five incumbents on the Tribal Council out of office, just two years after re-electing all other five incumbents on the 10-person governing board.

Joe Durglo (Courtesy of CSKT)

“As soon as you think you’ve got it figured out you’ll be surprised,” Joe Durglo says.

The defeat of one of those council members, former chairman E.T. “Bud” Moran, meant CSKT would have a new leader for the next two years no matter what.

Durglo, 50, a St. Ignatius native who has served on the council since 2006, says he never had the chairmanship as his goal when he entered tribal politics.

But after it was clear someone would have to replace Moran, Durglo says he felt his education, experience and business background – he spent 15 years in economic development before being elected to the council – might be of value.

“So I threw my hat in the ring,” Durglo says. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a couple of different chairmen, and serve as vice chairman to Bud, and I’m very appreciative council selected me.”

It’s no small matter.

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