The tribal council is made up of eight annually elected officials and three lifetime chiefs, each representing the three tribes: Warm Springs, Piaute, and Wasco. As a sovereign nation, the tribal council is involved in all aspects of life in Warm Springs. The Wasco Tribe has begun the search for Chief Wallulatum’s successor. The new chief will represent their cultural identity on the council.
But how do you find a new chief? The Wasco Tribe is asking that same question. Their last chief was elected over fifty years ago, and much has changed since then. What is the modern role of a chief?
- Louie Pitt: Director of Government Affairs and Planning for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs