Hello my name is Julia Davis-Wheeler. I am married to Timothy R. Wheeler, Jr. I have five children: Roderick “Fonso” Scott, Jr.; Derrick F. Scott; Tana Marie Wheeler-Nunez; David Lookingglass Wheeler, and Channa J. Henry. My husband, Timothy is a direct descent from the LookingGlass Band. He is a combat Vietnam Veteran. Together, we have 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. We make our home at Lapwai, Idaho and are presently taking care of my uncle Elwood “Felix” Penney, Sr. Better known as “Uncle Felix”. Felix is the last living brother of the Penney Brothers, my mom, Mildred was the only girl with all these boys (Benjamin, Felix, Henry, Frank, Reggie, Guy).
My parents are no longer with us, but they were: Rupert “Putt” Davis and Hope Mildred Penney-Wheeler. My maternal great-grandfather Charles Amera comes from the White Bird Band. My respective maternal grandparents were: Estella Amera and Benjamin Penney, Sr. My respective paternal grandparents were: Julia Andrews and James Davis (family from the Cayuse Band).
from Lapwai High School and attended a number of Colleges/Universities
during my adult life. I graduated from Scottsdale Community College with
Associates Of Arts in “Tribal Management” in 1984. The last University I
attended was Arizona State University (ASU) majoring in Business
I have served on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) for 21 years. I started with my 1st election bid in 1988 (served 15 years) and 2nd election bid (served 6 years). I have worked with the Idaho congressional delegation for Appropriation earmark for land, design and facility construction to build a free standing Youth Treatment Center for the Indian Health Service, Portland Area. I have personally testified as Chairperson of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) on behalf of the 43 Tribes in the Northwest regarding Diabetes, Alcohol/Drugs, Budget Appropriations, and Confirmation for Indian Health Service Director. I have Collaborated with the Portland Area Indian Health Service for funding for the Kamiah and Lapwai Clinic’s successfully. I served on the National Congress of American Indians (4 years); Chairperson of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (12 years); Secretary-Treasurer for Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (3 years); Currently I serve as Co-Chairperson “Tribal Leader’s Diabetes Committee” for Indian Health Service; Chairperson SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) Tribal Behavioral Health Advisory Committee; Chairperson “National Tribal Advisory Committee” on Behavioral Health for Indian Health Service; Department of Labor “Native American Employment and Training Council”.
What I plan on bringing to NPTEC 2012-2015
Good Experienced Leadership, Great “Vision”, Wisdom, Passion and Compassion, Charisma, good “Communication”, Persistence, Integrity, Daring and Disciplined decisions on behalf of all the Nimiipuu. I bring 32 years of sobriety to the table and a love of the people in my heart.