The Warm Springs Tribal Council got new members Monday in a leadership shake-up on Oregon’s largest reservation.

In April, most of the previous council was ousted, with six of eight seats changing occupants. 

Warm Spring tribal members congratulate tribal councilors at a swearing in ceremony, May 6, 2019. 

Warm Spring tribal members congratulate tribal councilors at a swearing in ceremony, May 6, 2019. 

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The new council took office Monday in a ceremony that opened with drumming and a prayer, followed by an oath to support and defend U.S. Constitution.

The elected councilors will serve until 2022. Three other positions on the council are lifetime appointments and filled by chiefs from each of the confederated tribes: Warm Springs, Paiute and Wasco.  

The council is in charge of public services on the reservation and also serves as a corporate board running the tribe’s business enterprises.

The leadership changes come after a tumultuous year. The tribe’s longtime resort, Kah Nee Ta, closed in September amid financial distress and the reservation’s water systems have come under scrutiny for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.