Via press release, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe announced its new leadership. Enrolled members held elections at their Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 13th2017, voting for candidates to serve in the Tribal Chair and Tribal Council Alternate positions.
Sunny Clear will be returning to Council to serve as Tribal Chairwoman after having served as a Tribal Council Member from 2012 to 2016. Lois Sweet Dorman and Wes Willoughby will also be returning to serve as Tribal Council Alternates.
On Thursday, May 18th the Tribal Council then elected their Council Officers. Jolene Williams will be serving as Vice Chairwoman while Alisa Burley will continue serving as Tribal Secretary and Suzanne Sailto will serve as Tribal Treasurer. Steve de los Angeles will continue to serve as Deputy Secretary.
In the same meeting, the Tribal Council appointed Lois Sweet Dorman to fill a vacant seat on Council until the next Annual General Council meeting in May of 2018.
“We are excited to start working with the new council members to continue advancing projects that benefit the Snoqualmie people and the local community,” said Tribal Council member Danniel Willoughby.
An example of one such project was a public safety donation of 10 AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) to the Snoqualmie Police Department, which was part of a larger effort by the Tribe to get these important, life-saving devices into the Snoqualmie Valley community.
While focusing county-wide with a large donation of 150 AEDs to King County Sheriff’s Department, the Tribe said it also wanted to pay attention to the needs closer to home by equipping the Snoqualmie Police Department, which serves the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend.
SPD Chief Perry Phipps said the new AEDs will be placed in ten remaining police vehicles that are currently without them. Phipps was very grateful for the donation, saying, “Personally, I have witnessed the use of an AED that saved not only a citizen’s life, but also a police officer’s life – I know the value of having immediate access to one.”