CRITFC is governed by the Fish and Wildlife Committees of its four member tribes. Each tribe determines how its Fish and Wildlife Committee is elected or selected as well as the number of representatives comprising their committee. This ranges from five to fifteen representatives. However each tribe has only one vote at the Commission table.
The four committees must reach consensus in order for the Commission to act. The Commissioners meet, at a minimum, monthly. During fishing seasons, meetings are often held more frequently via conference calls or teleconferencing.
CRITFC officers are elected to a one-year term. The chairman is selected by the Commission from the Commissioners representing the tribe whose turn it is to hold the chairmanship. The chairmanship is currently held by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.
Chairman Patrick Luke, Yakama
Mr. Luke grew up around the natural resources the tribes work tirelessly to protect, restore, and enhance. Throughout his childhood, his family fished for salmon and steelhead from scaffolds and boat set nets on the Columbia River. They also gaffed for salmon and harvested lamprey in many Columbia River tributaries.
Much of Patrick’s life has revolved around treaty-reserved fishing, hunting, and gathering throughout the Yakama Nation’s usual and accustomed areas. He and his family would travel throughout the Columbia and Willamette river basins to gather their subsistence foods.
Mr. Luke is the great-grandson of Henry Charlie, one of the initial Celilo Fish Committee members. Patrick grew up attending formal and informal fishery meetings at the Celilo Longhouse, at boat launches, and at in-lieu sites where tribal leaders such as Wilfred Yallup, Victor George, Levi George, Mary Settler, Louie Cloud, Andrew Jackson, and Lawrence Goudy would meet to discuss tribal fisheries issues along the Columbia River prior to the creation of CRITFC in 1977.
In 2007, he began working for the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program at the tribe’s Klickitat Salmon Hatchery. He helped develop the first ever Pacific Lamprey Restoration Project Manager position for the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program. He was elected to the Yakama Nation Tribal Council in 2014 and currently serves as the secretary of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee.
Vice-chair Dan Kane, Nez Perce
Dan Kane is the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) Secretary. Mr. Kane began his service for the Nez Perce Tribe in 1986. He later held positions at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and in private business working on videography. He taught film and videography at Lewis-Clark State College until 2010, when he was elected to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. Dan has fished the Columbia River and traditional Nez Perce fishing locations for more than 30 years.
Secretary Ryan Smith, Warm Springs
Treasurer Jeremy Wolf, Umatilla
Jeremy Red Star Wolf is the current Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. His Indian name, Xitsiw Ilp Ilp, means “Red Star.” He grew up on the Umatilla River in Cayuse, Oregon. His intertribal relations include the Palouse (Chief Wolf), Nez Perce (Ollicut), Warm Springs (atway Great Aunt Gina Wolf married atway Jazzy Wewa, a Warm Springs member), and Yakama (atway Grandmother Theresa Johnson of the Yakama Charlie family).
In 1996 Jeremy graduated from Weston McEwen High school in Athena, Oregon. After serving a year with Salmon Corps, Jeremy went on to graduate from Blue Mountain Community College and is an alumnus of Oregon State University’s School of Forestry with a degree in Natural Resources.
Much of Jeremy’s life has revolved around incorporating the unwritten law into the demands of present-day life: staying culturally active, earning an education, building a skillset, and staying active in tribal government. Starting as a summer hire in high school conducting habitat and redd count surveys for salmon and lamprey, Jeremy worked his way up the ranks at the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Program from a Fisheries Technician to a Biologist. He worked in various capacities and throughout the CTUIR aboriginal title lands.
“The teaching found in the cultures of all the four tribes of making decisions with seven generations in mind weighs heavy on me,” says Wolf. “I feel strong enough to endure that weight because of the strong foundation of family, culture, and understanding to move forward in retaining our treaty rights and resources for all our future within the Columbia River Basin. I am committed to listening and taking appropriate action in the ever adapting environmental and political landscape of fishery and First Food management.”
Jeremy and wife Althea Huesties-Wolf have three children: Aiden, Manaia, and Stella. He is also an artist, horseman, traditional slick-style dancer, youth basketball and football coach, wild horse racer, hunter, and fisher.
Patrick Luke (CRITFC Chair), Leland Bill, Raymond Colfax, Vivian Babs George, Johnny Jackson, Gerald Lewis, Randy Settler, Wilbur Slockish, Jr.
Daniel Kane (CRITFC Vice-chair), Elizabeth Arthur-Attau, Arthur Broncheau, Quintin Ellenwood, Mary Jane Miles, McCoy Oatman, Samuel N. Penney, Bill Picard, Shannon F. Wheeler, William Coomer, Jr, Tuiaana Moliga, Wilfred Scott, Timothy Wheeler
Ryan Smith (CRITFC Secretary), Kirby Heath, Bruce Jim, Stanley Simtustus Sr., Jonathan Smith, Emerson Squiemphen
Jeremy Wolf (CRITFC Treasurer), Rapheal Bill, James Marsh, Damon McKay, Chris Williams