I am Melvina Hazel Kills Crow. I am the daughter of the reverends Melvin F. Major and Lillian Oatman Major. My grandparents are James Oatman and Jane Allen Oatman. My great grandparents are John Oatman and Mary Looking Glass Oatman. My father Melvin F. Major is a member of the Pomo/Wylacki Tribe Covelo, Californiao.
I believe very strongly in the 1855 treaty. I am a descendent of Chief Looking Glass a signer of the 1855 treaty. Chief Looking Glass was a strong negotiator during the treaty council. He not only helped one tribe but also the surrounding tribes as well.
I have been involved with tribal politics since I was a child. My mother Lillian 0 Major and her sister Loda Sublett and Beatrice Miles were very active in the Tribe. We have been advocates for our peoples' treaty rights, hunting and fishing rights, educational rights, healthcare rights, and judicial rights.
I was taught traditional values and ways of life by my grandmother Jane Allen Oatman. She taught me moccasin making, meat drying, and how to tan hides.
I graduated from William C. Overfelt High School in San Jose, California in 1968. I have attended various colleges during my lifetime. I have attended U. C. Berkeley in California. Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington, and most recently Northwest Indian College at the Kamiah satellite site.
I had four children: three girls and one son Melvin who passed away at age nineteen. I have eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren so far.
I served a term on the Senior Advisory Board soon after returning home. I served on the Housing Authority many years ago.
My family, including my father and mother were at Rapid River during the standoff with the state of ldaho. My children Melva A. Major, Lilly C. M. Wahtomy, and my son Melvin James McConville stayed during the entire fish in.
I will do my best to represent the Tribe in a proper manner if I am elected. I have been to many NPTEC meetings with my mother and since her passing on my own. I pledge to advocate for all tribal members. We are a great tribe and need to maintain that greatness.