The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana held council elections in mid-December. The winds of change must of been blowing hard that day.
As Vince Devlin of the Missoulian reports, four of five incumbents were voted out of office.
The CSKT council consists of 10 seats come up for election every two years. Once the councilors are seated, they choose a chairman.
PABLO – Tribal government on the Flathead Indian Reservation will take on a decidedly different look Friday, when the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Council elects a new leader and four new council members are sworn in.
Voters last month turned four of five incumbents out of office, including Tribal Chairman E.T. “Bud” Moran.
Only council member Terry Pitts of Dixon was able to hang onto his job, defeating challenger Anita L. Orr Matt 659-626.
Every other incumbent went down to defeat. The casualties included both Moran, who represented the Pablo District, and former Chairman James Steele Jr. of Arlee.
“I’ve said before that Jimmy the Greek would have lost his shorts in a tribal election,” said former CSKT Chairman Fred Matt, who himself lost a 2006 council race that cost him the leadership position. “I can’t see any rhyme or reason to why it happens. There were no hot-button issues. I really think a large number of people just vote to change. They don’t always have a specific reason.”
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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper (Courtesy of House of Prayer)
First she broke through the binds of segregation to get her high school degree. This made her the first Seminole Indian to graduate from high school. Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, who was also the tribe’s first health director and the first (and only) woman to lead its Tribal Council, died last week at age 88.
The Sun Sentinel in Florida reports that Jumper died at her home. A memorial service was held for her on Monday.
Mrs. Jumper was extensively involved in tribal government. She was among the original group that gathered under the Council Oak in Hollywood to create the Seminole Tribe’s constitutional government and helped gain federal recognition of the tribe.
She chaired the Tribal Council from 1967-1971.
In 1970, she was one of two women appointed by then- President Richard Nixon to the National Congress on Indian Opportunity. She was a founder of the United South and Eastern Tribes, which became a powerful lobbying force for Indian interests.
“Because she was mixed race — she was half-Caucasian, she was half-Seminole — they told her they couldn’t do those things. She went against the taboos of the tribe,” her son said. “It gave her more willpower and more energy.”
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