New CSKT Tribal Council members sworn in

Jordan Hansen

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes officially swore in five members to its Tribal Council on Friday during a quarterly meeting.

Carole Lankford (Ronan district) and Leonard Twoteeth (Elmo) were reelected, while Tom McDonald (at-large) and Jennifer Finley (Polson) are new members. Jim Malatare (Arlee) also won a seat on council after a write-in vote victory over Shelly Fyant, who had served as council chair.

Malatare previously represented the district on council prior to Fyant’s two terms. There are 10 Tribal Council positions and terms are for four years each. The remaining five seats will be elected next year.

McDonald is the new council chair after unanimous vote from council, with Twoteeth serving as vice chair. Ellie Bundy (St. Ignatius) is treasurer and the representative for Pablo, and Martin Charlo is now the secretary. Charlo was previously the council’s treasurer.

McDonald formerly was the Fish and Wildlife and Recreation Division manager in CSKT’s Natural Resources Department.

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