Eastern Shoshone Business Council

The Eastern Shoshone Business Council (ESBC) is an official governing body of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. Tribal members nominate candidates at a General Council meeting. Six of the nominees are then chosen in a general election. Until 2014, members of the ESBC also served on the Wind River Joint Business Council (JBC) on topics that affected both tribes. The chairman of ESBC served as a co-chair of the along with the chair of the Arapaho Business Council. In 2014, The Arapaho Council announced their withdrawal from the JBC. The ESBC announced they did not approve of the dissolution and would continue to operate the JBC.

Eastern Shoshone Business Council


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For untold generations, Native American tribes have been governed by Tribal Councils. Today, these governing bodies have become the Tribal Business Councils for the tribes on the Wind River Reservation. Here, Chief Washakie (center), an influential Shoshone chief, sits with the other tribal chiefs. His son sits to his left.(WSA Sub Neg Indian Print 358)























1931-1940


1931
William Aragon, Sr.
Jesse Day
Cyrus Shogutsie
Charles Snyder (non-enrolled representative)
John Trijillo

1933
William Aragon, Sr.
Jesse Day
Charles Driskell
Lanjo McAdams
Sam Nipwater
Ben Perry

1935
William Aragon, Sr.
Gilbert Day
Charles Driskell
Irene Meade
Wallace St. Clair
Charles Washakie

1937
Gilbert Day
Frank Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Ben Perry
Lynn St. Clair
Charles Washakie

1939
Pete Aragon
John Boyd
Gilbert Day
Lanjo McAdams
Cyrus Shogutsie
Charles Washakie


1941-1950


1941
Charles A. Driskell, Chair (did not complete term, replaced by Lynn St. Clair)
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Hunting Hill
Charles Washakie
Marshall Washakie

1943
Robert N. Harris, Sr., Chair
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
George Harris
Herman St. Clair
Marshall Washakie

1945
Robert N. Harris, Sr., Chair
Gilbert Day
George Harris
Herman St. Clair
Lynn St. Clair
Marshall Washakie

1947
Robert N. Harris/Gilbert Day, Chair
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Hunting Hill
Tony Lajeunesse
Reuben Martel

1949
Amos Bonatsie
Maude Clairmont
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Ben Earl Henan
Hunting Hill
Reuben Martel


1951-1960


1951
Maude Clairmont
George Harris
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Reuben Martel
Herman St. Clair


1953
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Enos Enos
George Harris
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Sam Nipwater

1955
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Hunting Hill
Reuben Martel
Herman St. Clair


1957
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Bert Harris
George Harris
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Delmar Wesaw

1959
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Frank Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Suzette Wagon
Delmar Wesaw


1961-1970


1961
Bill Bradford
Frank Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Alfred McAdams
Herman St. Clair
Suzette Wagon

1963
Frank Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Hunting Hill
Alfred McAdams
Herman St. Clair
Starr Weed

1965
Bill Bradford
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Hunting Hill
Alfred McAdams
Herman St. Clair
Wallace St. Clair

1967
Bill Bradford
Willison Chinjay
Maude Clairmont
Gilbert Day
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Starr Weed


1969
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Vida Haukaas
Philbert McLeod
Herman St. Clair
Starr Weed


1971-1980


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ESBC members Robert N. Harris, Sr. and Alfred McAdams visit with Sen. Cliff Hansen in Washington, D.C. October 1971 (WSA P2004-13/282)


1971
Joe Engavo
Enos Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Alfred McAdams
Larry Murray
Starr Weed

1973
Joe Engavo
Enos Enos
Alfred McAdams
James Pogue
Stanford St. Clair (died in office, replaced by Alfred Ward)
Starr Weed

1975
Bill Bradford (died in office, replaced by Joseph Henan, Jr.)
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Joseph Henan, Jr.
Benjamin Snyder, Sr.
Darwin St. Clair
John St. Clair

1977
Frank Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Benjamin Snyder, Sr.
Alfred Ward
Starr Weed

1979
Enos Enos
Frank Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Wesley Martel
Benjamin Snyder, Sr. (resigned, replaced by Starr Weed)
Alfred Ward



1981-1990


1981
Enos Enos
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Wesley Martel
Alfred Ward
John R. Washakie
Starr Weed

1983
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Wesley Martel
Benjamin Snyder, Sr.
Alfred Ward
John R. Washakie
Starr Weed

1985
Robert N. Harris, Sr.
Vida Haukaas
Benjamin Snyder, Sr.
Alfred Ward
John R. Washakie
Wesley Martel

1987
Frank Enos
Wesley Martel
Matthew D. Noseep
Orville M. St. Clair
John R. Washakie
Starr Weed

1989
Matthew D. Noseep
Orville M. St. Clair
Alfred Ward
John R. Washakie
Starr Weed


1991-2000


1999
John Washakie, Chair
Vernon Hill, Co-chair
Wesley Martel
Alfred McAdams, Jr.
Ivan Posey
Sara Robinson


2001-2010


2001
Eastern Shoshone Business Council
Ivan Posey, Chair
John Washakie, Co-chair
Mike LeJeunesse
Martel, McAdams
John Wadda

2002
Ivan Posey, Chair
John Washakie, Co-chair
Mike LeJeunesse
Wesley Martel
Martel, McAdams
John Wadda

2003
Vernon Hill, Chair
Arlen Shoyo, Co-chair
Richard Burnett
Willie Noseep
Ben O’Neal
William Wagon

2004
Vernon Hill, Chair
Arlen Shoyo, Co-chair
Richard Burnett
Willie Noseep
Alfred “Bud” McAdams, Sr.,
William Wagon

2005
Ivan D. Posey, Chair
Arlen Shoyo, Co-chair
Valeria Arkinson
Mike LaJeunesse
Willie Noseep
Kassel Weeks

2006
Ivan D. Posey, Chair
Arlen Shoyo, Co-chair
Valeria Arkinson
Mike LaJeunesse
Willie Noseep
Kassel Weeks

2007
Ivan D. Posey, Chair
Arlen Shoyo, Co-chair
Mike LaJeunesse
Willie Noseep
Floyd Phillips
Orville St. Clair

2008
Ivan D. Posey, Chair
Arlen Shoyo, Co-chair
Mike LaJeunesse
Willie Noseep
Floyd Phillips
Orville St. Clair


2011-2020


2011
Ivan D. Posey, Chair
Willie Noseep, Co-chair
Patricia Bergie
Mike LaJeunesse
Orville St. Clair
Lydia Wadda

2012
Mike LaJeunesse, Chair
Wes Martel, Co-chair
Robert Hereford, Sr.
Ivan D. Posey
Harrison Shoyo, Jr.
Orville St. Clair

2013
Darwin St. Clair, Chair
Harrison Shoyo, Jr., Co-chair
Robert Hereford, Sr.
Mike LaJeunesse
Wes Martel
Ivan D. Posey

2014
Darwin St. Clair, Jr., Chairman
Mike LaJeunesse, Vice-Chairman (Acting)
Robert Hereford
Ivan D. Posey (dismissed by Council April 2014)
Wes Martel (dismissed by Council April 2014)



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