The General Council includes all enrolled Nez Perce citizens over age 18. It meets twice a year to review reports from the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.

General Election Details

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Polling places open 7:00am – 3:00pm
Polling Places:
Kamiah – Wa-A’Yas Community Center
Orofino – Teweepuu Community Center
Lapwai – PiNeeWaus Community Center

Counting of ballots will be held in Lapwai at the PiNeeWaus Community Center

1.) ABSENTEE BALLOT: All voters requesting absentee ballots must complete the absentee ballot request form with a completed notarization and return it by mail, in person to the General Council post office box, in care of the Election Judges. Or in person to ballot drop box at any of the three (3) Nez Perce Tribe Official Drop Boxes.

Absentee vote to count for General Elections, all absentee voting envelopes with ballots enclosed must be returned by mail or in person to ballot drop box and be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024.

Three (3) Nez Perce Tribe Official Drop Boxes locations: Wa-A-‘Yas Community Center, Kamiah; Teweepuu
Community Center, Orofino; and Boards & Commissions Building, Lapwai.

2.) VOTE IN-PERSON: bring your Tribal ID to any polling places during open hours. You will only be allowed to vote once.

If you are in need of updating your mailing address, please contact Enrollment Department at (208) 843-2253.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact General Council Election Judges by email, or contact information below for Election Judges.

Printable copy of 2024 Letter to Nez Perce Tribal Members Regarding Elections

Printable copy of 2024 Absentee Ballot Request Form

Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee


The following are the results of the NPTEC Primary Election held on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

2024 NPTEC Candidate Virtual Forum April 2 – REPLAY

Seat 1Seat 2Seat 3
Ryan Oatman – 263Samuel Penney – 166Shirley Allman – 224
James R. Spencer – 43Otta Moody – 66David Scott – 59
Judy Oatman – 77
Arthur Broncheau – 65
Invalid Votes – 6
Robert Taylor – 99
Aaron Gould – 120
Invalid Votes – 3
Nikesa Aubertin – 82
Tonia Garcia – 82
Invalid Votes – 7

** Seat 3: Coin toss between Nikesa Aubertin & Tonia Garcia. Tonia called heads and won the coin toss.

** Per Election Ordinance, §6-10-17 Declaring the Winners, (a) the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for a particular position shall be declared the winners of that Non-Partisan Primary position. This would be a plurality vote, rather than a majority vote.


Saturday, May 4, 2024

Seat 1Seat 2Seat 3
Ryan OatmanSamuel PenneyShirley Allman
Judy OatmanAaron GouldTonia Garcia

All NPTEC Candidates have the opportunity, but not the obligation to submit their bios. All bios received will be linked to their name.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact General Council Election Judges at contact information below or email at

The election judges are:
Melissa Guzman – (208) 791-0298 or
Loretta Spaulding – (208) 621-3823 or
Kayla Warden – (208) 935-8798 or

General Council Officers

Chairman  Allen Slickpoo Jr. |
Secretary  Jasmine Higheagle |

Election Judges |

Melissa Guzman | (208) 621-3828 |
Loretta Spaulding | (208) 621-3823 |
 Carla Timentwa | 

Resolutions Committee |   

Chairman  Ashton Picard
    Vice Chairman  Alice Spaulding
    Secretary  Paulette Smith
    Member  Kayla Warden | (208)935-8798

Meeting Minutes and Resolutions