Tribal Government & News

Tribal Council selects Mercier for vice chair, Cherry as secretary

09.13.2023 Danielle Harrison Tribal Council


By Danielle Harrison

Smoke Signals editor

With just a week passing in between meetings, Tribal Council had a fairly light agenda on Wednesday, Sept. 13, with only three action items.

The shorter one-week period between meetings occurred because Tribal Council traditionally holds a meeting after new members are sworn into office.

Earlier in the day, incumbents Lisa Leno and Chris Mercier and first-time challenger Matthew Haller were sworn in for new three-year terms after taking the top three spots in the Sept. 9 election. Michael Langley, who served six years on Tribal Council, officially became a former Tribal Council member.

During the Tribal Council meeting, Mercier was re-appointed as vice chair and Michael Cherry was selected to serve as secretary.

In other action, Tribal Council:

  • Approved extending an environmental consulting services agreement for Portland Harbor cleanup efforts from one year to three years;
  • Approved a master services agreement between the Tribe’s Human Resources Department and UKG, Inc. for software and software support;
  • Approved re-appointing Andy Jenness and Matthew Kirkland to three-year terms on the Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. Board of Directors, with terms expiring on Sept. 30, 2025.

In other business, Tribal Council approved an application for a U.S. Forest Service Siuslaw Pollinator Grant for up to $525,000 to help fund the Tribe’s Native Plant Nursery expansion.

To watch the entire meeting, visit the Tribal government’s website at and click on the Government tab and then Videos.