Julia A. Davis-Wheeler
Julia was born and raised on the Nez Perce
Reservation. Her father the late Rupert J. Davis was one of the
Nez Perce farmer’s in the early 50’s & 60’s. Her mother the late
Mildred Penney Wheeler was a LPN nurse at St. Joseph’s Medical Center
for fifteen years. Julia’s two Uncle’s: Frank Penney, Sr. and
Henry Penney served on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive respectfully which
encouraged Julia in her leadership goals.
During high school Julia served in many leadership
roles, the one she likes to mention is “Student Body President” (the
first native and the first girl). While attending college at
Bacone Junior College at Oklahoma she served on the Student Senate.
Julia also served as secretary to the General Council for a two year
term. While she still earn’s credits (when feasible) toward her
degree in Business Administration she regrets not being able to finish
her schooling. Her life experiences have made her a strong
advocate toward alcohol/substance abuse prevention, social services,
community involvement and health disparity issue’s. While serving on
NPTEC, she served as Chairperson of the Nimiipuu Health Board, Northwest
Portland Area Indian Health Board and the National Indian Health Board.
She was also elected as Assistant Secretary for the Affiliated Tribes of
Northwest Indians. Julia has testified numerous times in front of the
Senate and House Committees.
Julia was first elected to the Nez
Perce Tribal Executive Committee in May 1988. She served five (5) terms
for the Nez Perce people. She was elected to serve a three-year term
during the Tribal General Council Elections in May 2006