Mr. Glendon Neal Smith is of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Navajo descent and serving his first term on the Tribal Council. His father is Wissie Smith and his paternal grandparents are awtai Alfred Smith Sr. and Lucinda Scott Smith both enrolled members of the Tribe. His mother is awtai Patricia Marie Curley Smith and his maternal grandparents are awtai Bertha Mitchell from Warm Springs and Patrick Curley, enrolled Navajo Nation. His Indian name is Chakiixx given to him by his grandmother awtai Lucinda Scott Smith, which comes from the Seymour Family on his mother’s side.
Mr. Smith grew up on a ranch on Sidwalter Flats and helped his father raise cattle and horses and maintain irrigation of their fields. He also comes from the logging family; his uncle awtai Russell Smith started his family in logging and his father ran a logging company for many years. He believes that growing up on a ranch helped instill a good work ethic which he applies to his career today.
Mr. Smith graduated from Madras High School in 1998 and in June 2003 graduated from Central Oregon Community College with his Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University in December 2007 and in June 2013, received a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Administration of Justice and Security. Also in 2013, he graduated from The National Judicial College with his certificate training in Tribal Judiciary Skills.
Mr. Smith currently serves as an Associate Judge for the Warm Springs Tribal Court. His grandfathers awtai Hiram Smith and Alfred Smith Sr. both served as Judges for the Warm Springs Tribal Court in 1947 and in the 1950’s before Indians had civil rights, which was later passed federally in 1968 per the Indian Civil Rights Act. Back in those days each district had their own Judge and both Hiram and Alfred were Agency District Judges.
Mr. Smith started working for the Tribe in 1994 and has since served in many capacities in Natural Resources, the Tribal Courts, and Executive Management. He currently serves on the TERO Commission and the Tribal Justice Team.