Simnasho District Candidate
Jaylyn Suppah (Warm Springs, Wasco, Shoshone Bannock, Yakama) is a first-time candidate running for a seat as a Simnasho District representative.
Jaylyn’s indian name is Alish (Ah-lish) which was given to her from her grandmother and namesake, Margaret Suppah. Her parents are Lincoln “Jay” Suppah and Fay Hurtado both of Warm Springs. Her biological mother is Kaylyn Currie of Fort Hall, Idaho and her maternal grandparent is Aldine Pevo of Fort Hall, Idaho. Her paternal grandparents are Margaret Suppah and Atwaii Franklin “Chinn” Suppah. Jaylyn is raising two children, Mateja age 7 and Brennan age 5 in Warm Springs.
Education & Career
Jaylyn graduated from Madras High School and obtained her Associates Degree from Portland Community College. She is currently attends Evergreen State College where she is working towards her bachelors degree.
Today she manages the Papalaxsimisha program that incorporates life-building skills for Native youth including high school, college and career readiness. Papalaxsimisha also incorporates teaching on the impacts of historical trauma, historical healing and self-identity. The program was developed in 2016 with Ervanna LittleEagle and Gina Bluebird to benefit Warm Springs youth.
She currently serves on the Education Committee, the Cascade East Area Health Education Center Advisory Board, the Oregon Indian Education Association board and the American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Council through the Oregon Department of Education.
Jaylyn enjoys cooking, reading, basketball and spending time with her family. Her passion is decolonizing education for herself, her children, and in the community and always looking for ways to incorporate her culture into her home, classroom and programming. She is dedicated to her community and always looking for ways to help her community.
Email: suppah14 at gmail dot com
Simnasho District, Write-in
Charlene “Tillie” Dimmick-Moody (Warm Springs-Tygh, Yakima, Miwok, Paiute, Modoc, Klamath) is a first-time candidate running as a write-in for a seat as an Simnasho District representative.
Charlene and her husband Javin Dimmick are raising their two sons, Ivan and Leo, in Simnasho. She is the daughter of Winnona Garrison (Bishop Paiute) and Raymond Moody of Warm Springs. Her Ulla is Charlotte Herkshan (Moody) and her Pusha is Enos Herkshan Jr. (Klamath Modoc). Her Togo’o is Andy Garrison and Moo’a is Gertrude Tom. She has three brothers and one sister.
Education & Career
Charlene attended grade school at the Simnasho Elementary School and graduated from Madras High School. She attended college at Lane Community College and went on to receive a Bachelors of Art in Architecture and Allied Arts from the University of Oregon. She recently received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University.
Charlene is currently employed at the Warm Springs Behavioral Health Center as a Youth Mental Health Specialist. Her previous employment has been various fields such as Child Welfare (both Protective and Preventive), Natural Resources, Forestry, Food and Beverage, Head Start and Camp Counseling.
Charlene is involved with many youth serving organizations including the WS K-8 Academy, Head Start, Daycare, CPS, and Warm Springs Prevention, where she teaches concepts of Conscious Discipline. She understands that many families are affected by trauma and lateral oppression and believes by teaching skills of composure, empathy and self regulation to the youth and those serving them, they will be better equipped to develop a healthy strong community. She actively participates in the Native Aspiration Coalition, Juvenile Justice Team, and Justice Team. She is also currently serving as member of the Tribes Health and Welfare Committee.
Outside of community, she participates in NAYA’s LEAD Cohort and regularly attends the 9 Tribes Quarterly Meetings where she has developed great working relationships with the tribal prevention programs around the state.
In her free time she loves to practice and teach both contemporary and traditional arts. When she is able to, she enjoys dancing at powwows both competitively and for fun. She is a self taught cake designer and a YouTube DIY food enthusiast. She is always trying to learn new things but really take an interest in history. Her go-to sports are basketball, volleyball, tennis, softball and she is now playing soccer with her sons.
Email: dimmickcharlene at gmail dot com
Incumbent - Agency District
Carina Marie Miller (Wasco, Warm Springs, Yakima) is an incumbent running for her second term as an Agency District representative on the Tribal Council.
Carina and her partner Victor Barkley are new parents to their son Waluxpykee in Warm Springs. She is the daughter of Sue Matters and Ken Miller. Her paternal grandparents are Faye Waheneka and Sid Miller, great grandparents are Fannie and Grant Waheneka and Lucy and Walter Miller. Her maternal grandparents are Eleanor and Walter Matters.
Education & Career
Carina is a graduate of Madras High School and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies. She was elected to the Tribal Council in 2016 as one of the youngest elected representatives to date. She is the Chair of the Native American Caucus for the Democratic Party of Oregon, Chair of the Energy Committee, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and Founding Board member and Interim Director of National Inter-Tribal Energy Council.
Carina has been involved with multiple community organizations including the Girl Scouts, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Warm Springs T-ball. She is enjoying being a new mother and revisiting all of the things that made her childhood magic with her son.
Carina starting getting involved with organizing in college when she was a co-chair for the Native American student union and board member for the Multicultural Center at the University of Oregon. It was that experience working with marginalized communities coupled with her experience learning to lobby for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition and the United States Student Association that she found a passion for exposing systematic racism and finding ways to advocate for more equitable policies and education. During her time on Tribal Council she has worked on multiple areas for the tribe but the highlighted areas of focus have been energy, cannabis, education, legislative arm, and telecommunication.
Agency District Candidate
Wil Sando (Warm Springs, Wasco, Jemez Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Aleut) is a first-time candidate running for a seat as an Agency District representative.
Wil is the son of Mary Sando-Emhoolah (Stevens) and Wilfred Sando Sr. and his step father is Michael Emhoolah. His maternal grandparents are Bertha Stevens (Mitchell) and Frank Don Stevens. His paternal grandparents are Mabel Sando (Arigon) and Frank Sando. He was with his ex-wife for 18 years, married for seven still great friends and co-parent two young children.
Education & Career
Wil graduated from Madras High School Class of 2002 and studied at OSU Cascade Campus, Portland State University, and Clackamas Community College. His studies focused on natural resources and business management. Currently he works at Warm Springs Power & Water Enterprises as the Renewable Energy Tech. Previously he worked at Eagle Crest Resort and Shielding International.
Wil grew up in the longhouse, attends tribal dances and ceremonies in Warm Springs and Jemez Pueblo, hunts and fishes and considers himself a friend and family man. He has been walking the red road of sobriety for over five years."
Email: wsando923 at gmail dot com
Honoring Ancestors, Building Futures
The 28th Tribal Council elections for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, will take place April 4th, 2019. Each of us has stepped forward to run for Tribal Council with a common goal - to help build our People and our Nation. With 50% of our Tribal membership under the age of 30, we strongly believe that we need leadership that represents our demographic and ensures that decisions today honor our ancestors and future generations. We are working together to educate voters and ensure that we, the People, turn out to vote on April 4th.
- Treaty Rights. The 1855 Treaty with the Tribes of Middle Oregon reserved our rights to hunt, fish, and gather in usual and accustomed places. It provides the foundation for our unique political identity and the place from which we build from. We support actions that protect and exercise our treaty rights.
- Honor our ancestors sacrifices and future generations. We believe that decisions made honors generations of today and tomorrow, encourages growth and develops leadership skills in our community.
- Infrastructure – We will work with tribal staff to advocate and leverage funding to address the significant infrastructure needs in the community including the water treatment facilities, sewer facilities, and our distribution system. Our infrastructure is the foundation for development businesses, creating more housing, and most important, providing clean water to our community members.
- Economic Development & Jobs. We recognize that actions need to be taken to create a strong business economy in Warm Springs. This includes adopting policies that support business development such as zoning policies and Uniform Commercial Codes. We must also ensure that our enterprises are successful and support continued efforts to support Tribal member entrepreneurs.
- Education – We support the development of our Tribal Members to obtain college degrees, vocational degrees and training to help them obtain living wage jobs. This includes supporting continued efforts develop entrepreneurs and a viable small business community.
- Transparency. We will honor our constituents by providing factual, consistent communication in person and online.
- Reduce Travel & Make It Count. We are committed to traveling only by delegation and focusing all travel on those areas where we have experience and knowledge. We are committed to providing written travel reports to Tribal Council and our constituents.
- Leadership Accountability. We will work with all members of the Tribal Council to adopt rules for how the Council operates. By committing to rules for how the Tribal Council functions, we can address issues of accountability and ensure consistency in the decision making processes.
- Respectful Dialogue. We are committed to working together in a healthy, respectful and positive manner with all community members. We will not tolerate or participate in lateral violence or micro aggressions towards anyone.