The Nisqually Tribe’s Constitution and Bylaws were approved on Sept. 9, 1946, and amended in 1994. The Tribe operates as a self-governing entity, using resources from its own economic enterprises, as well as federal program dollars.
As the Constitution establishes, the Nisqually Tribe is governed by a General Council, comprising all enrolled tribal members at least 18 years old. From the General Council, an elected Tribal Council of seven members conducts the day-to-day business operation of the tribe.
Every year the Nisqually Tribe awards money to local non-profits to help encourage and support the work these great organizations are doing. If your organization would like to apply for these funds please go to our RELATED LINKS section and fill out and submit posted forms to the Tribe.
The Nisqually Tribal Council
As Chairman, Iyall has provided strong leadership and vision for the Nisqually people, driving numerous key projects that have greatly improved the Tribe’s finances, its services to members, and its public image.
Cynthia Iyall, Tribal Chair
Willie brings extensive tribal governance experience to his role as a Councilmember. A graduate of Evergreen State College’s Native American Studies program, Willie plans to use his education to work for and with tribal members to plan future growth and development.
William Frank III, Vice-Chair
Slape believes Nisqually tribal members must act as stewards of their natural resources. Before his role on the Nisqually Tribal Council, Slape was a tribal fish and wildlife officer for five years.
James Slape Jr., 5th Council
McCloud, a member of the Tribal Council since 2002, focuses on culture, environmental protection, resource management, and investing in the Tribe’s youth. In addition, he is the liaison for the Nisqually Elder’s Committee.
Brian McCloud, 6th Council
Joyce received her B.A. degree in Native American studies. Joyce has worked for Nisqually since 1983, starting out in daycare then to Head Start, Indian Education, Adult Education and Early Child Development, Special Needs. With her husband, Mac, they raised four children and two nephews while living on the Nisqually reservation. Working and living at the tribe, have been accomplishments revealed by the actions of her children. Joyce has assured her children and touched others who will carry on the culture of stories, traditions and songs of the Medicine Creek people. Looking out for the best interest of the Nisqually tribe is very important to Joyce; from education, to politics, to gaming to our culture, Council member Joyce wants to assure our people know how this affects our tribe.
Joyce McCloud, 7th Council
Jean Sanders is Secretary of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and also a member of the Tribal Council. In these roles, Sanders oversees vital planning and archiving projects for the Tribe, with a particular focus on education, housing and Nisqually cultural preservation.
Jean Sanders, Secretary
Stephanie brings experience from a wide range of tribal issues and departments, including Fisheries, Planning, Health, Geoduck and Financial Services. Stephanie began her career with the Tribe in 1978.
Stephanie Scott, Treasurer
TRIBAL COUNCIL ELECTION COMMITTEE FORMS
TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
You can contact the council at (360) 456-5221