May each of our CPN tribal members and their families be looking forward to a happy and prosperous New Year! Time flies so quickly that we turn around and must get used to writing a new year. No doubt, I make several mistakes in the beginning weeks.
The New Year also brings another CPN election for several of our legislators, including District 5, Gene Lambert; District 6, Rande Payne; and District 7, Mark Johnson. In my last article, I announced that Secretary-Treasurer D. Wayne Trousdale and I both are running for office again.
Last year, as Eva Marie Carney (unopposed), Roy Slavin (unopposed), Jon Boursaw and Robert Whistler prepared for a new election year, I paid for an ad that portrayed a great team of leaders who have worked hard throughout the country to make CPN a first-rate Tribe for its members and an excellent place to live and work.
It is my desire to send that same message to our membership again. I am so proud of our Tribe, the services we provide, the available scholarships, the diligence of our employees and the excellence of our self-determination.
As Honoring Nations Harvard projects have depicted, CPN is a rising star in education, environmental achievement, health and social services, cultural affairs, government performance, economic development — and the list goes on. Our legislators have played an important part of the Tribes’ success for the past 10 years.
My message is once again, keep a good team together!
(Black Bird Woman)