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Commission on Indian Services logoLegislative Commission on Indian Services

Phone: 503-986-1067

LCIS@oregonlegislature.gov                   
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Room 167, Salem, OR 97301
Mitch Sparks, Executive Director

 

 
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BACKGROUND ON THE COMMISSION

The Legislative Commission on Indian Services was created by statute in 1975 to advise the Legislative Assembly and other Oregon officials and agencies on the needs of American Indian people in the state. 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 Indian population of the Portland Urban Area is also represented on the Commission by one representative. Legislative members, two senators and two representatives, are also seated on the Commission.

The specific statutory responsibilities of the Commission include: 1) Compiling information about services for Indians; 2) Developing and sponsoring programs to inform Indians of services available to them; 3) Developing and sponsoring programs to make Indian needs and concerns known to the public and private agencies whose activities affect Indians; 4) Encouraging and supporting these public and private agencies to expand and improve their services for Indians; 5) Assessing programs of state agencies operating for the benefit of Indians and making recommendations to the appropriate agencies for improving those programs; 6) Reporting biennially to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly on all matters of concern to Indians in Oregon.

In order to carry out these statutory responsibilities, the Commission holds meetings to familiarize its members with current problems American Indians are facing and to discuss possible solutions. Often the Commission invites representatives of state or federal agencies to discuss their programs as they affect the Indian population in the state. The Commission also monitors legislation affecting Indians, both while it is being considered by the Legislature and after it becomes law, and assists in presenting information to the Legislature on issues of importance to American Indians in Oregon.

The Legislative Commission on Indian Services embodies the State of Oregon's commitment to recognize the existence of Oregon's Indian communities and their needs. Prior to its establishment, there was no suitable mechanism in state government to consider Indian needs and concerns directly. With the establishment of the Commission, this significant barrier has been eliminated. The Commission serves as the primary forum in which Indian needs are considered; it serves as the conduit by which concerns are channeled through the appropriate network; it serves as the point of access for finding out about state government programs and policies; and, it serves as a catalyst for bringing about change where it is needed.

The Commission actively promotes intergovernmental cooperation and coordination as a means of enhancing the well-being of Indian people in the state. It is the Commission's belief that one of the best ways in which to assist Indians is to help them help themselves. Therefore, while the Commission will often take the lead in addressing needs and concerns, it will also encourage Indians to find their own solutions. The Commission recognizes that it will not solve many of the problems Indians encounter. However, with the support of Indians and state government, legislative and administrative solutions can be developed to meet many of these needs.


 

 
  
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2019, September 11 Agenda 
2019, May 15 Agenda 
2019, February 20 Agenda 
Agenda - Special Meeting - November 5, 2018 
2018, October 2 Agenda 
2018, May 16 Agenda 
2018, February 21 Agenda 
2017, October 3 Agenda 
2017, June 27 Agenda 
2017, May 17 Agenda  
2017, February 8 Agenda 
2016, August 30 Agenda 
2016, May 18 Agenda 
2016, February 18 Agenda 
2015, August 19 Agenda 
2015, May 13 Agenda 
2015, Feb. 18 Agenda 
2014, Sept. 17 Agenda 
2014, May 13 Agenda 
2014, Feb. 12 Agenda  
2013, October 8 Agenda 
2013, September 24 Agenda 
2013, July 15 Agenda 
2013, February 19 Agenda 
  
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2019, May 15 Meeting Minutes 
2019, February 20 Meeting Minutes 
2018, October 2 Meeting Minutes 
2018, February 21 Draft Minutes 
2018, May 16 Meeting Minutes 
2017, October 3 Meeting Minutes 
2017, May 17 Meeting Minutes 
2017, June 27 Meeting Minutes 
2017, February 8 Meeting Minutes 
2016, August 30 Meeting Minutes 
2016, May 18 Meeting Minutes 
2016, February 18 Meeting Minutes 
2015, August 19 Meeting Minutes 
2015, August 19 Meeting Minutes Part 2 
2015, May 13 Meeting Minutes 
2015, Feb. 18 Meeting Minutes 
2014, Feb. 12 Meeting Minutes 
2014, Sept. 17 Meeting Minutes 
2014, May 13 Meeting Minutes 
2013, July 15 Meeting Minutes 
2013, May 8 Meeting Minutes 
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CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF GRAND RONDE COMMUNITY
Cheryle Kennedy, Tribal Council Chair and LCIS Chair
cheryle.kennedy@grandronde.org

 

COQUILLE INDIAN TRIBE
Brenda Meade, Tribal Chairperson & LCIS Vice-Chair
brendameade@coquilletribe.org

 

COW CREEK BAND OF UMPQUA TRIBE OF INDIANS
Dan Courtney, Tribal Chairman
dlcourtney5431@msn.com 

 

BURNS PAIUTE TRIBE
Eric Hawley, Tribal Chairman
Eric.Hawley@burnspaiute-nsn.gov 

 

CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF COOS, LOWER UMPQUA & SIUSLAW INDIANS
Doc Slyter, Tribal Chairman
dslyter@ctclusi.org

 

CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF SILETZ INDIANS
Delores Pigsley, Tribal Chairman
dpigsley@msn.com

 

KLAMATH TRIBES
Don Gentry, Tribal Chairman
don.gentry@klamathtribes.com

 

CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION
Gary Burke, Board of Trustees Chairman
garyburke@ctuir.org

 
CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE WARM SPRINGS RESERVATION OF OREGON
Raymond Tsumpti, Tribal Chairman
 
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State Senator Bill Hansell
Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov

 

State Senator Arnie Roblan
Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov

 

State Representative Tawna D. Sanchez
Rep.TawnaSanchez@oregonlegislature.gov

 
State Representative Daniel Bonham
 
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Jackie Mercer, CEO, NARA Northwest
(appointed by LCIS Members according to statute)