Tonia Garcia Selected to Fill Vacant Seat on Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee

Lapwai, Idaho- The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) has appointed Tonia Garcia to fill the vacancy on the committee created by the recent resignation of NPTEC member Casey Mitchell. Garcia will begin immediately and serve on the NPTEC until the next general elections during the 2023 Nez Perce Tribe Spring General Council. Garcia was selected from a large pool of candidates that submitted their interest in filling the vacancy. 


“Tonia brings experience and knowledge to the table, having served on NPTEC previously. We look forward to the valuable input and expertise she will be able to bring forward,” stated NPTEC Chairman, Samuel N. Penney.


Garcia expressed her gratitude during her swearing in on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, “Thank you for the show of confidence,” she stated. “My people are my people, and they are the best and the dearest to me and without this Tribe we go out soulless, landless; everything else but together.”