Wasco people select Alfred Smith Jr. as new tribal chief

Sworn in Nov. 5

by: Photo by Duran Bobb - John Halliday, Warm Springs Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent, swears in Alfred Smith Jr., of Warm Springs, as the new chief of the Wasco tribe on Monday. Smith received the most votes from Wasco voters on Oct. 30.

   By Duran Bobb
   W.S. Correspondent
   Alfred Smith Jr., of Warm Springs, was sworn in Monday morning as the new Wasco chief for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
   Wasco members of the Agency District in Warm Springs voted on Oct. 30. Alfred Smith Jr. received 156 votes; Garland Brunoe, 135; John Katchia, 100; George Clements, 47; and Derek Tasympt, 31.
   The Warm Springs Tribal Council acknowledged the election process by signing a resolution.
   "We want to recognize (the election process)," said Charles "Jody" Calica, secretary-treasurer for the tribes. "The resolution acknowledges the election process ... it's not subject to council or court review. The actual decision was determined by the people."
   Smith, who follows was sworn in by BIA Superintendent John Halliday.
   Chief Smith spoke about the upcoming tribal council elections, stressing the importance of having a good council.
   "The tribes are in a difficult financial situation," he said. "Keep that in mind, whoever you elect and vote for. Progress and politics do not mix; keep that in mind."
   The Wasco people have been without a chief since the passing of Nelson Wallulatum in June 2010.