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Communications Director






Chuck is Cayuse, Walla Walla, Cocopah, and Yankton Sioux. He grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Northeast Oregon. Chuck currently serves as the Communications Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Prior positions include Interim Executive and Deputy Executive Director for the CTUIR, Environmental Health and Safety Officer/Planner in the Tribal Planning Office for the CTUIR, President/Chief Executive Officer of Indian Country Conservancy, Executive Director for the Umatilla Tribal Community Foundation, and National Director of the Tribal & Native Lands Program for the Trust for Public Land. Chuck has worked in the non- profit natural resource management field for over 25 years. He serves as Chairman to the Oregon Cultural Trust, Gray Family Foundation, advisor to the Confluence Project and Columbia Land Trust. Chuck holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Concordia University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an intelligence specialist..