For his entire life, Joe Pakootas has been committed to community building, economic growth, and environmental protection. From raising four children to serving as the CEO of a multimillion dollar corporation, Joe’s background gives him the kind of real-world experience that we need in Congress. 

Eastern Washington Roots

Joe Pakootas grew up on the Colville Indian Reservation, was raised in Inchelium and has lived in Eastern Washington all his life. As a young child Joe and his siblings were taken away from their parents and placed in foster care, where he committed to building a different life for himself.

Humble Beginnings
After graduating from high school, Joe took a job with the laborers union to support his family. Eventually, he was elected, and served 16 years as a Council member of his Tribe, five of those years as Chair.

Giving Back
Joe and his wife, Cheryl, have long been focused on creating safe spaces for children who need help and protection. Additionally, they both have dedicated their free time to mentoring and coaching children in their community.

Business Experience
After receiving his MBA from the University of Washington School of Business, Joe turned to the uphill battle that hit close to home. Prior to his tenure as CEO, the Colville Confederated Tribes were suffering financial losses, with more than a dozen of their businesses at risk of failure. Joe was appointed CEO, where he focused on developing sustainable business enterprises and turning around 13 failing businesses to usher in a $10 million economic turnaround for his tribe. As a result of his hard work, his alma mater awarded him the Bradford Award, an award given annually to the top minority businessman in Washington.

Environmentally Conscious
While CEO of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Joe implemented sustainable forest management practices, which was a first for any Native American tribe in the country, now considered standard practice in forestry. Additionally, in 2006, Joe filed a lawsuit against Teck Cominco, a Canadian mining company that had been polluting the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt for more than a century. The lawsuit was successful, and a federal judge forced Teck Cominco to clean up Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia watershed.


a.    The proposed amendments and changes to our By Laws are out!  See the AMENDED BYLAWS section.

b.    See the NEWS section for Joe's last debate schedule and upcoming events.

c.    Darla McKay, Asotin County Auditor, has posted information on the upcoming election, see NOTICES.

d.    Our next membership meeting will be October 27th, 6:30 pm, Clarkston City Hall.  ​See the Agenda in NOTICES.​  The November meeting has been changed to the 17th.

e.    We will be having our reorganization meeting December 8th.  Please start thinking of possible candidates for Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer (Secretary is appointed by the Chair).


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Asotin County Democrats
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Asotin, Washington 99402

Asotin Dems gather for dinner with Joe Pakootas and staff after 2014 Candidate Forum at Clarkston City Hall.


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​Our Executive Board has worked diligently for our organization and has done a great job in providing us with the information and opportunity to stay involved. We owe a big thanks to our Chair, Nick Fiore, for all his efforts in past years. He will be stepping down at the end of this year, but will continue to volunteer his time with us. This vacancy will give anyone who would like to be more involved to help us to continue to grow and improve our community, a chance to become the leader we need to make a bigger and better difference. We will have more information at our future meetings on the process of electing our new Chair. 



2016 Executive Committee

Nick Fiore

Tom Van Horn

State Committee Woman

Pat Bates

State Committee Man

Tom Van Horn


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