The thirteen members of the
Commission are appointed pursuant to ORS 172.100 et seq., to two-year,
staggered terms of office. These appointments are made jointly by the Speaker
of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate and are based
on nominations submitted by American Indian tribes and communities in
designated areas of the state.
All nine of the federally recognized Tribes in Oregon have a representative on the Commission. These Tribes are the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, the Klamath Tribes, and the Coquille Tribe. The Commission may appoint one additional member from an area in which nonreservation Indians reside, who is associated with an Indian Health Care Improvement Act Title V Urban Indian Health program. Legislative members, two senators and two
representatives, are also seated on the Commission.