Name: Niimiiputimptki Weye’tenetu’wehykt (Sun-necklace)
Soyapotimptki Casey L. Mitchell
February 6, 1979 Lewiston, Idaho
Father – Leland E. Mitchell Sr.
Mother - Sylvia E. Mitchell
Clair Johnson and Edward Mitchell
Phyllis and Frank Penney Sr.
Paternal Great grand-parents:
Lucy Hill and William Johnson Sr.
Isabell Frank and Henry Mitchell
Maternal Great grand-parents:
Stella Amera and Benjamin Penney
Pauline and Joseph Samuels
Joni Williams and daughter Nalani Williams
City/Area: Lapwai, Idaho
Lapwai High School- graduated 1997
Northwest Indian College- Associates Degree in Arts and Science
Northwest Indian College- Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science
18 years serving the Nez-Perce Tribe (NPT)
1999-2001- NPT Early Childhood Development Educator
2007-2016- Coached Little league Baseball and AAU Basketball
2001-2008- NPT Fire Management Specialist
2009-2012- NPT Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Tech 2
2011-2012- Taught Ecology 301 at Northwest Indian College
2012-2016- NPT Fisheries Program Biologist in Watershed, Harvest and Production Divisions
2013-2016- NPT Fisheries; Dworshak National Fish Hatchery Biologist
2012-2013- Served as an alternate for the Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC),
2013-2014 served as a member of the FWC
2016 to present- serve as the Vice Chairman of the Fish and Wildlife Commission
What I hope to bring to the table;
We are not only physical wards of our ancestors we are also spiritual wards of our ancestors. We are all gifted with the strength, honor and intelligence of our ancestors. We are gifted with the strong connection to the land, water, animals (water, land and air), spirits and Creator as our ancestors. Last but not least we are gifted with the unbreakable connection to each other as NiiMiipuu.
My hope is to help strengthen the Unity of our people by communicating the common ground we all share to protect and preserve the land, water and people of the NiiMiipuu.
My hope of Unity as a people is carried by each and every one of us, from our youngest child to our oldest elder and all of us in between. Within us we have the strength, honor, intelligence and capability to educate our children academically, culturally and traditionally. To listen to our elders and listen to each other to understand and not react. One person cannot do this alone, let us work together to come up with solutions to our concerns and obstacles.
As we all know we are looking at some difficult trials ahead with the new Presidential change. Let us not be afraid, as a united front we are strong, confident and ready to uphold our Sovereignty, inherent and Treaty rights to the land and prosperity of our people. Let us believe in each other as we believe in the ways of our people, as we believe in our Creator.
We are one, I will stand and fight with you to see our people strengthen and prosper into the future by upholding our rights as Native people to this land and not forgetting our past.