NPTEC Declares State of Emergency

Low danger. Preliminary assessments are under way.


Made up of 9 elected members, the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) governs the tribe.

NPTEC Members

Members of NPTEC serve staggered 3-year terms. Each year, the General Council elects 3 new NPTEC members.

Shannon Wheeler-Chairman

Term Expires : May 2019

McCoy Oatman – Vice-Chairman

Term Expires: May 2020

Casey Mitchell – Secretary

Term Expires : May 2020

Elizabeth Arthur-Attao- Treasurer

Term Expires : May 2019

Bill Picard- Member

Term Expires : May 2020

Arthur Broncheau- Member

Term Expires : May 2019

Mary Jane Miles – Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Term Expires : May 2021

Ferris Paisano- Chaplain

Term Expires : May 2021

Chantel Eastman – Member

Term Expires : May 2021


NPTEC has 5 subcommittees, chaired and staffed by NPTEC members. Subcommittee meetings are open to tribal citizens.

Human Resources

Promotes the wellbeing of the Nez Perce people by strengthening families and providing quality services to tribal citizens

Meetings: first and third Monday, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Chair: Arthur Broncheau

Law and Order

Reviews and enhances tribal policies to meet the needs of the Nez Perce people

Meetings: first and third Monday, 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Chair: Ferris Paisano III

Natural Resources

Protects natural resources and exercises tribal sovereignty and treaty rights

Meetings: first and third Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Chair: Casey Mitchell

Land Enterprise Commission

Reviews and approves lease applications, home site leases, and land acquisition

Meetings: first and third Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Chair: McCoy Oatman

Budget and Finance

Oversees the NPTEC budget and the tribe’s grants, revenue, and contracts

Meetings: first and third Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Chair: Elizabeth Arthur-Attao