Tonasket will be sworn in Thursday morning

— Richard Tonasket will be sworn in as the newest Colville Business Council member at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at tribal headquarters in the courts building off Columbia River Road.

He was chosen last Saturday to fill the Omak District position vacated by the resignation of Earnest “Sneena” Brooks III.

Tonasket, 53, is the son of former council chairman Mel Tonasket and Nancy Tonasket.

He has worked as a purchasing agent for tribal mills and currently works as a fisheries technician for the tribe’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

He and his wife, Joan, have been married for 25 years.

Brooks left the council after being arrested Feb. 14 on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation on suspicion of rape.

Tonasket’s term will end in 2015.

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