EVENTS CALENDAR

The Tribal Council consists of seven members. The terms are staggered. Each Tribal Council member has responsibility for certain duties listed in the Potawatomi Constitution. One of their main duties is to protect the health, peace, morals, education, and welfare of the tribe.

Chairpersons

James Kegg – 1942 to 1943

Minnie Evans

Curtis Pequano – 1950

Mage Puckkee – 1958

Philip Burns – 1961

Lester Jessepe – Late 1960’s, early 1970’s

Tom Tuckwin

Constitution Re-instated February 19, 1976

Camilla Wishkeno – 5.5.1976

Vestina Durham 5.7.1979

Leslie “Chick” Hale – 1982

Elwin I. Shopteese – 1983

Delores Miller – 5.7.1984

George Wahquahboshkuk – 1985, 1986 – 1990, 1990 – 12.4.1993: Recalled

Gary Mitchell appointed on 12.8.1993

1994 to 1998

Chairperson: Mamie Rupnicki
June 29, 1994 to July 14, 1998

Secretary: Juanita Jessepe

Member #1: Benny Potts

1996 to 2000

Vice Chairperson: Vestina Nonken

Treasurer: James “Jimmy” Potter (Wabaunsee)

Member #2: James Jackson

Member #3: Mayme Mattwaoshshe

1998 to 2002

Chairperson: Mamie Rupnicki | July 15, 1998, Resigned 10/7/2000

Chairperson: Badger Wahwasuck appointed by Tribal Council in December 2000 through end of term

Secretary: Steve Ortiz, Sr. (Mon-wah)

Member #1: Rey Kitchkumme

1998 Council: Chairwoman Mamie Rupnicki,  Member Rey Kitchkumme, Treasurer Jimmy Potter, Secretary Steve Ortiz, Sr., Member James Jackson, Vice Chair Vestina Nonken, Member Mayme Mattwaoshshe

2000 to 2004

Vice Chairperson: Gary Mitchell

Treasurer: James “Jimmy” Potter (Wabaunsee)

Member #2: Jackie Mitchell

Member #3: Roy Ogden

2000 Council: Member Rey Kitchkumme, Member Jackie Mitchell, Member Roy Ogden, Secretary Steve Ortiz, Sr., Vice Chair Gary Mitchell, Chairman Badger Wahwasuck, Treasurer Jimmy Potter

2002 to 2006

Chairperson: Zach Pahmahmie | Resigned January 2006

Chairperson: Tracy Stanhoff appointed by Tribal Council through end of term

Secretary: Steve Ortiz, Sr. (Mon-wah)

Member #1: Rey Kitchkumme | Won the Vice Chairperson Position mid-term in 2004

Member #1: James “Jimmy” Potter (Wabaunsee) elected for the remainder of term.

2004 to 2008

Vice Chairperson: Rey Kitchkumme

Treasurer: Ryan Dyer

Member #2: Jackie Mitchell

Member #3: Juanita Jessepe | Removed

Member #3: James “Nebi” Wabaunsee voted in through Special Election December 2004

2004 to 2006 Council: Member James Wabaunsee, Secretary Steve Ortiz, Sr., Member Jimmy Potter, Member Jackie Mitchell, Vice Chairman Rey Kitchkumme, Chairman Zach Pahmahmie, Treasurer Ryan Dyer

2004 to 2006 Council: Junior Wahweotten, Jimmy Potter, James Wabaunsee, Jackie Mitchell, Rey Kitchkumme, Tracy Stanhoff and Ryan Dyer

2006 to 2010

Chairperson: Tracy Stanhoff | Resigned 7/20/2007

Chairperson: Steve Ortiz, Sr. (Mon-wah) voted in through Special Election October 2007

Secretary: James “Jimmy” Potter (Wabaunsee)

Member #1: Warren “Junior” A. Wahweotten, Jr.

Tribal Council Circa 2007: Junior Wahweotten, James Wabaunsee, Ryan Dyer, Jackie Mitchell, Rey Kitchkumme, Steve Ortiz and Jimmy Potter

2008 to 2012

Vice Chairperson: Joyce Kitchkommie Guerrero

Treasurer: Ryan Dyer | Discharged from office by Tribal Council 9/21/11

Treasurer: Noah Wahquahboshkuk appointed by Tribal Council for the remainder of term

Member #2: Joseph “Chago” W. Hale, Jr. | Discharged from office by Tribal Council in 2010

Member #2: Jancita Warrington appointed by Tribal Council for the remainder of term

Member #3: Carrie Wabaunsee O’Toole

2008 Council: Secretary Jimmy Potter, Member Chago Hale, Treasurer Ryan Dyer, Member Junior Wahweotten, Member Carrie O’Toole, Chairman Steve Ortiz, Sr., and Vice Chair Joyce Guerrero

2010 to 2014

Chairperson: Steve Ortiz, Sr. (Mon-wah)

Secretary: James “Jimmy” Potter (Wabaunsee) | Fatal accident 6/11/14

Member #1: Warren “Junior” A. Wahweotten, Jr.

2010 Council: Treasurer Ryan Dyer, Chairman Steve Ortiz, Sr. Secretary Jimmy Potter, Member Junior Wahweotten, Vice Chair Joyce Guerrero, Member Jancita Warrington, Member Carrie O’Toole

2011 Council: Treasurer Noah Wahquahboshkuk, Secretary Jimmy Potter, Chairman Steve Ortiz, Sr., Member Junior Wahweotten, Vice Chair Joyce Guerrero, Member Jancita Warrington, Member Carrie O’Toole

2012 to 2016

Vice Chairperson: Joyce Kitchkommie Guerrero

Treasurer: Hattie Mitchell | Resigned 5/12/16

Member #2: Thomas “Hoppy” Wabnum (Mektewzi)

Member #3: Carrie Wabaunsee O’Toole

2012 Council: Member Junior Wahweotten, Member Thomas Wabnum, Secretary Jimmy Potter, Treasurer Hattie Mitchell, Vice Chair Joyce Guerrero, Chairman Steve Ortiz, Sr., Member Carrie O’Toole

2014 to 2018

Chairperson: Liana Onnen

Secretary: Camilla Chouteau

Member #1: Warren “Junior” A. Wahweotten, Jr.

2014 Council: Treasurer Hattie Mitchell, Member Thomas Wabnum, Member Junior Wahweotten, Chairwoman Liana Onnen, Secretary Camilla Chouteau, Vice Chair Joyce Guerrero, Member Carrie O’Toole

2016 to 2020

Vice Chairperson: Zach Pahmahmie

Treasurer: Amanda Nioce Barbosa | Resigned February 2017

Treasurer: Wade Pahmahmie voted in through Special Election April 2017

Member #2: Thomas “Hoppy” Wabnum (Mektewzi) | Relinquished April 2019

Member #2: Shirley Trull | Appointed May 2019

Member #3: Carrie Wabaunsee O’Toole | Resigned November 2016

Member #3: Juanita Jessepe voted in through Special Election March 2017 | Relinquished position April 2018

Member #3: Raphael Wahwassuck voted in through Special Election August 2018

2016 Council: Member Junior Wahweotten, Member Thomas Wabnum, Vice Chairman Zach Pahmahmie, Treasurer Wade Pahmahmie, Secretary Camilla Chouteau, Chairwoman Liana Onnen, Member Juanita Jessepe

2018 to 2022

Chairperson: Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick

Secretary: Camilla Chouteau

Member #1: William “Bill” Evans

2018 Council: Treasurer Wade Pahmahmie, Member Raphael Wahwassuck, Member Thomas Wabnum, Member William “Bill” Evans, Chairman Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick, Secretary Camilla Chouteau and Vice-chairman Zach Pahmahmie

2019 Council: Treasurer Wade Pahmahmie, Member Raphael Wahwassuck, Vice-Chairman Zach Pahmahmie, Member William Evans, Member Shirley Trull, Chairman Joseph Rupnick, Secretary Camilla Chouteau.