New chairman, officers for Lummi Nation

LUMMI, Wash. – The Lummi Indian Nation has a new chairman and officers.

Cliff Cultee, a second-year council member, was elected chairman Nov. 2. He succeeds Henry Cagey, who narrowly lost his bid for reelection to the council Oct. 30 to Steven Toby. Cultee is a commercial fisherman and a member of the Port of Bellingham Marina Advisory Committee.

Council members are elected by voters and serve three-year terms; in turn, council members elect officers for one-year terms.

Bernie Thomas was elected vice chairman; James Wilson, secretary; Cheryl Kinley-Sanders, treasurer.

Economic development and jobs creation, education, housing, and social programs for children and elders were among the concerns expressed by voters in the campaign.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.