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Jennifer Porter
Tribal chair of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Assumed office
Preceded by Gary Aitken, Sr.
Personal details
Born c. 1974
Navajo Nation, Fort Defiance
Nationality American
Children Three children

Jennifer Porter is the current tribal chair of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.[1] She was born in Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance and is half Navajo and half Kootenai.[2] She replaced her uncle on the Kootenai Tribal Council when she was 23. Porter has promoted educational and cultural programs, including a computer program to teach students words from the Kutenai language.[3] She has three children, two of whom attend the Boundary County School District public school.

Porter has been active in efforts to save the Kootenai River white sturgeon.[4]

The Kootenai River white sturgeon, threatened by dam operations, water quality degradation and loss of habitat, was listed as endangered on September 6, 1994. The adult population has been decreasing at an estimated rate of 9 percent per year. Restoration efforts in recent years have focused on managing Libby Dam to mimic spring flow conditions that are hoped to assist the sturgeon to again successfully reproduce ... Kootenai Tribal Chairperson Jennifer Porter adds that "we're hoping our comprehensive project will lead to a healthy ecosystem and the return of our Kootenai resources."[5]

In 2009, she signed an agreement with U.S. Customs and Border Protection "to develop an enhanced tribal card for the purpose of crossing the border with the U.S. and Canada."[6] In January 2012, the Kootenai Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) was designated "as a travel document acceptable for entering into the United States through a land or sea port of entry."[7]

The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is also one of seven bands of the Kootenai Nation, with two in the United States and five in Canada. Under the current agreement, only members of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho can be issued an ETC.

“We are proud of our partnership with CBP that has led to the issuance of the Kootenai ETC,” said Kootenai Tribal Chairperson Jennifer Porter. “The Kootenai ETC allows our tribal citizens to continue to travel within Kootenai Territory on both sides of the United States-Canada boundary to visit family and practice our culture while helping to secure the border for the greater good of all citizens.”[6]


"In the old days, everyone who was born had a purpose, but that belief had faded away some over the years. Now we are working with our kids to re-instill that mindset. We want our future to remain strong and to continue to move forward ..."[8]


  1. ^ "Kootenai Tribe of Idaho". Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  2. ^ Cohn, R.J. (December 16, 2008). "Kootenai Tribal Chair Stresses Education for Tribe's Future". Boundary County Digest. 
  3. ^ Golder, Julie (November 23, 2011). "Porter passionate about education, Kootenai culture". Bonners Ferry Herald. 
  4. ^ "Restoring the Kootenai River". The River Journal. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  5. ^ "The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, State of Montana, Federal Agencies and Conservation Groups reach historic agreement to save Kootenai River white sturgeon". US Fish and Wildlife Service. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  6. ^ a b "CBP and Idaho's Kootenai Tribe Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Develop Enhanced Tribal Card". CBP NewsPhotos. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  7. ^ "CBP Designates Kootenai Tribe’s Enhanced Tribal Card as Acceptable Travel Document". CBP.gov. 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  8. ^ "Native Village Opportunities" (199). 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 

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The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:45:00 -0700

“These three individuals have devoted themselves to the promotion and protection of San Luis Obispo County's thriving wine industry, and we owe them an enormous amount of respect and appreciation,” said Jennifer Porter, executive director of the Paso ...
Montgomery Newspapers
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:02:13 -0700

PLYMOUTH >> Knowing exactly how much she's saving with coupons, estimating sales tax to the penny, adding a perfect tip to restaurant tabs … all guaranteed when Jennifer Porter is accompanied by 11-year-old son Zachary. “It's great,” the Plymouth ...
Monroe Evening News
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:56:15 -0700

Gary is survived by his brother: Johnie Shipp (wife Faye) Luper Jr.; his three daughters: Jennifer Porter, Angela Meyer, and Lanita Miller; as well as his 8 grandchildren: Shane Brandow, Joshua Brandow, Jeremiah Brandow, Tabitha McClane, Jessica Dowdal ...


Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:24:01 -0700

"In order to do construction on private property the city has to obtain consent from all of the affected property owners," said Jennifer Porter, the underground utilities program director for the City of Tallahassee. "Our real estate division has been ...

The Courier-Journal

The Courier-Journal
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:28:10 -0700

Since his arrest, Jenefor has been housed in the mental health unit of Louisville Metro Corrections and is taking antipsychotic medication "without substantial improvement in his condition," wrote public defender Jennifer Porter in a competency motion ...
Alton Telegraph
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:33:45 -0700

Our video documentary on the life and death of Robert Wadlow, Alton's gentle giant, attracted some wonderful comments on Facebook from our readers. Here are some of them, unedited by us. The video can be watched on the Telegraph's Facebook page or ...
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:37:30 -0700

“It is thrilling that after 33 years we continue to produce a vibrant wine festival that draws new visitors to Paso Robles wine country and the county,” said Jennifer Porter, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, in a news ...
Paso Robles Press
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:18:42 -0700

“It's great that each year the CA Mid-State Fairs offers the wine industry the opportunity to join our fellow agriculturalists in recognizing the leaders in our industries,” Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance ...

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