Tribal Council Members
|John R. Shotton, Chairman
John R. Shotton is the current Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians. He has served in that capacity since being elected in November 2007. Prior to be elected to the office of Chairman, he served on the Tribal Council as the First Member for two years.
Chairman Shotton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to serving the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Chairman Shotton worked for the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Institute developing and administering programs for tribes across the United States.
In 2012, Chairman Shotton was recognized as one of the “Native American 40 under 40” by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Chairman Shotton is a member of the Owl Clan and belongs to the Otoe Eloska Society as well as the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dancers. John is married to Dr. Heather Shotton and they have two daughters, Sloan and Sophie Shotton.
|Ted Grant, Vice Chairman
Ted Grant was elected November 2, 2012 to a 3 year term as Vice-Chairman on the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council. His blood linage comes from the Buffalo Clan of our people. He is the son of the late William “Bill” Grant and Adah Mae Cerre Grant. His grandfather was Frank Grant and his grandmother was Fannie Moore Grant. He and his wife Teresa have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. They have been married for 39 years.
|Darrell Kihega, Tribal Secretary
Secretary Kihega’s great-grandparents were George and Grace Kihega, his grandparents were Richard and Bernice Kihega and his parents were Carroll and Nancy Kihega. He is a member of the Pigeon Clan.
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Courtney Burgess, Tribal Treasurer
|Wesley J. Hudson, First Member
First Member Wesley J. Hudson attended Chilocco Indian School, Haskell Indian Junior College and Oklahoma State University. He was elected Tribal Secretary from June of 2006 to November 2007 and then elected to First Member in November 2007.
First Member Hudson is the son of Beverly Paukei Hudson (Kiowa Tribe) and the late Percy John Hudson. He is Beaver Clan and resides in Ponca City with his wife Marcie (Ponca Tribe). He has been married for 30 years. Together they have seven children and 12 grandchildren. He has worked as the Tax Director/Loan Officer for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe for the past 24 years.
First Member Hudson’s brothers are Rick Hudson, George Hudson and Berwyn Moses. His sister is Jamie Beaver. He is a member of the prestigious Kiowa Gourd Clan, Red Rock Creek gourd dancers and the World Champion Yellowhammer Singers. His father was a well known Straight Dancer and Arena Director. First Member Hudson followed in his father’s footsteps, fancy feather dancing in his younger years and serving as an Arena Director throughout the United States and Canada. He enjoys watching his children and grandkids dance in their Indian clothes, playing softball, golfing and coaching little league sports.
|Melanie Harader, Second Member
Second Member Melanie Harader is the daughter of the late Billy and Charlotte (Pettit) Estes. Her grandparents are the late Charles and Esther (Burgess) Pettit. She is Bear Clan.
Before being elected to the Tribal Council, Second Member Harader was the Social Services Director, a position she held since 1999. She has written numerous grants and contracts and increased funding and services. She continues to seek opportunities to assist tribal members, and is committed to being supportive and responsive to the needs and concerns of all tribal members.
|Alvin Moore Sr., Third Member
Alvin Moore Sr. is the Third Member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council. Mr. Moore resides in Red Rock with his wife Denise and son Alvin Jr. He has two grown daughters Shannon and April Moore.
Mr. Moore is a member of the Owl Clan. He was a founding member of the Red Rock Creek Gourd Dance Organization in the early 1990s.
He worked for the Indian Health Service, Office of Environmental Health for 32 years.