Press Release

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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For immediate release:   November 26, 2019

Contact: Julie Taylor, 541-429-7300


Youth Elect new officers, members at annual summit


MISSION – The Youth Leadership Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) elected 21 new members during a Youth Leadership Summit Nov. 24.

Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky, a freshman, at Pendleton High School was elected Chair of the Youth Leadership Council.

The Junior Youth Leadership Council elected new members, including Sky Smith as its new Chair.

CTUIR Youth Leadership Council and young people from the CTUIR community gathered at Nixyaawii Governance Center for the Leadership Summit and elections. Guest speakers included newly elected Board of Trustees Member at Large Corinne Sams, Climate Change Activist Thomas Joseph, enrolled Hoopa, and Department of Children and Family Services Director Julie Taylor.


During the event candidates were given two minutes each to introduce themselves and talk about their goals as potential leaders. They were asked questions by Sams, the election facilitator, and Youth Council Advisors Julie Taylor and Jill-Marie Gavin.

In addition to new Chair Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky, youth elected to the Senior Youth Council Latis Nowland as Vice Chair, Bryson Spino as Treasurer and Malaya Stanger as Secretary. Members at Large are Elsie McKay, Izabelle Sigo, Muriel Jones, JaeDean Looney, Chris Minthorn, Summer Wildbill, Alyric Redcrane, and Keyen Singer.

Nizhoni Toledo was appointed as Cultural Ambassador and Gorgie Hoisington was appointed as the Publicist.

Junior Youth Council Chair Sky Smith will be assisted by Lillian Watchman, who was elected Vice Chair, Ella Stewart as Treasurer and Siddalee Baker as Secretary. Members at Large are Waptas Brockie, Amariana Willingham, Nicolas Alexander, and Sunhawk Thomas.

Thomas said the summit and elections helped him learn a lot about his Tribal Government and he enjoyed meeting new people.

Bryson Redcrane Bronson was appointed as the Cultural Ambassador for the Junior Youth Council.

The youth are excited to get started making a change in the Mission community.

Looking forward to the 2019 term on the Youth Council newly elected Vice Chair, Latis Nowland, said, “The future depends on what we do in the present. This quote by Ghandi reminds me of this year’s newly elected boards. But this quote kind of talks about the words and the promises made and me saying it is kind of a way of saying I hope that this new board we can make things happen.”

Both youth councils will be sworn in during the Board of Trustee and General Council joint swearing-in ceremony at the Nixyaawii Governance Center Dec. 4. 



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