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 Chair 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 Nez Perce Tribe.
Chairman Ryan Smith, Warm Springs
Vice-chairman Jeremy Red Star 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.
Secretary Leland Bill, Yakama
Treasurer Casey Mitchell, Nez Perce
Casey Mitchell is the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) Secretary. Mr. Mitchell is the Secretary of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, the tribe’s governing body. He has spent the past twenty years serving his tribe and community, focusing his efforts on tribal treaty rights and natural resources issues. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northwest Indian College in Bellingham Washington, afterward teaching Ecology there. He then returned to the Nez Perce Reservation and worked for the tribe’s fisheries program as a biologist in the Watershed, Harvest, and Production divisions, specifically working on fisheries management issues throughout the Columbia River Basin.
“Indian Country is looking at some challenging times ahead. Let us not be afraid. As a united front we are strong, confident, and ready to uphold our inherent sovereignty and tribal treaty rights. Through the common ground that we all share, we will work to protect the rights that we were given and to preserve the land, water, and resources for everyone in the region.”
Ryan Smith (CRITFC Chairman), Charles Calica, Eugene Greene, Jr., Delvis Heath, Sr., Brigette McConville, Carina Miller, Joseph Moses, Alfred Smith, Ron Suppah, Sr., Valerie Switzler, Lee Tom, Raymond Tsumpti, Sr., Bruce Jim, Sr., Stanley Simtustus, Sr., Jonathan W. Smith, Emerson G. Squiemphen
Jeremy Red Star Wolf (CRITFC Vice-chair), Ken Hall, Bud Herrera, James R. Marsh, Michael Van Pelt
Leland Bill (CRITFC Secretary), Francis George, Gerald Lewis, George R. Meninick, Johnny Jackson, Randy Settler, Wilbur Slockish, Jr., William Yallup, Jr., Rex Zack
Casey Mitchell (CRITFC Treasurer), Arthur Broncheau, Chantel Eastman, Mary Jane Miles, McCoy Oatman, Bill Picard, Ferris Paisano III, Shannon Wheeler, Scherri R. Greene, Michael McFarland, Thomas Tall Bull, Nick-Les Two Moons, Timothy Wheeler