Patricia Davis Gibson has been a tribal court judge and tribal attorney and is stepping into the new position.
Mayor Charlie Hales created the Tribal Liaison position in his 2016-17 budget.
A press release from the Mayor’s Office said the position is responsible for policy development and strengthening the city’s relationship with tribal nations.
“This position is long-overdue for the city of Portland,” Hales said in the release, “and we could not have found a better candidate to serve as our first tribal liaison.”
In her position, Gibson will serve as the first point of contact for city officials, bureaus and the tribal public.
Gibson is a member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. She is also of descent of the Muskogee Creek Nation and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.