As many of you know, my name is Andy Whitener and I am running for the position of Council Member #1.
After a few years off Council, it wasn’t a difficult decision to put my name in as a candidate for this year’s election, especially considering everything going on in the world. Our Tribe needs strong leadership with a clear vision of how to move Squaxin Island Tribe forward toward success.
With several terms under my belt serving on Tribal Council, I would be honored to bring my skills back to our Council.
I have dedicated my entire life to the Squaxin people, ensuring our Sovereign Rights through my work at Natural Resources. Beginning many years ago, as a young Fish Technician, I steadily worked my way through the ranks to become the Director of Natural Resources. This has taught me perseverance and allowed me to gain extensive knowledge regarding our tribal policies and cultural practices.
If elected onto Council, I wish to focus on housing – to bring more of our people home – and diversity in economic entities that are sustainable.
It is impossible to come up with a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to our Tribe and community. With my leadership and decision-making skills, I wish to represent our people with thoughtful, unbiased and rational decisions that will prove to be beneficial to us all.
Thank you for your consideration.