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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010, 6:39 P.M.

Chief Allan unnanimously reappointed

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, was surprised and happy after a House committee voted unanimously to introduce the tribe's proposed law-enforcement legislation on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)
Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, was surprised and happy after a House committee voted unanimously to introduce the tribe's proposed law-enforcement legislation on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe


PLUMMER – Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan, who has been Chairman since 2005, was unanimously reappointed Monday morning by the seven-person tribal council. “I am honored to continue to represent the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as chairman,” said Allan. “I love my tribe and I am excited about the upcoming year. There are many exciting times on the horizon.” Two tribal council seats were decided during Saturday’s tribal election.  Charlotte Nilson earned a second three-year term and earned the highest vote total of any candidate this year. More below.

“I want to continue to serve the Coeur d’Alene people to the best of my abilities,” Nilson said. “I am thankful for another opportunity. My goals for the next three years include strengthening tribal government and our individual departments and protecting our sovereignty.” Alfred

Nomee was elected to council for the open seat. He replaces Dave Matheson, who did not seek re-election.

“I am grateful for the support of the individuals who had enough faith on my behalf,” Nomee said. “I am committed to extending what I have to the benefit of the people and to make sure our lands and natural resources are preserved.”

Nomee has worked for the tribe for 32 years, including 12 years as the natural resources director. He graduated from Lakeside High School in 1966 and later the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nomee helped establish the tribal school in the 1970s and has worked in numerous government departments over the years.

“I come from the traditional family,” said Nomee. “I want to make sure we have similar opportunities to understand the old ways as they provide direct benefit to people and protecting what our past leadership has provided for us.”

Tribal Council seats are staggered three year terms. Each year, the council votes amongst themselves to appoint a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Ernie Stensgar was reappointed Vice Chairman and Norma Jean “Jeanie” Louie remains Secretary/Treasurer. Marc Stewart, Tribal Spokesman.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.