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Elders Council

Purpose of the Elders Council is to enrich the lives of the Tribal Elders, to provide social interaction and activities that enhance culture and traditions and to become mentors for our Tribal Youth.


Shirley Walker


Jolyne Downey


Elena Cordts


Cookie Fernandez


Shelley Upchurch

The Elders Council is for all Tribal members age 55 and over. At the monthly meeting, elected officers are there to organize, represent and advocate for the Elders as a whole. These monthly meetings are typically held the second Saturday of each month, except during the months of April, August, and September due to other events that are occurring. Check the Elders Calendar in the Newsletter for current dates.

The sign up sheets for trips and activities are available at the monthly Elders meetings and then those unable to attend the meeting can call the office the next business day after the meeting to sign up. On the trips the Elders take as a group, the Elders Council (different than Tribal Council) budget pays the cost of lodging, provides a per diem for meals and can provide transportation from each of the four areas as space permits. Spouses and caregivers are welcomed to attend these events, but you must write their name down at the time of sign up to arrange for the proper lodging and transport if needed.

If you need transportation, please contact your Area Office Representative.

Area Office Representatives


Kathleen Steele

Angelina Artiago


Donna Kessinger


Sheryl Simmons


Jim Swanson

For more information about Elders Council, read the Rules of Procedure.