Chris Mercier

Vice President & The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Chris Mercier (Vice President) is a graduate of the School of Journalism & Communication at the University of Oregon in Eugene with a bachelor’s of arts degree in Journalism-News Editorial. While in school he also attended the University of Hawaii-Hilo for a semester, as well as the University of New Orleans as part of the National Student Exchange program. He also took part in an overseas exchange program and attended Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito. After more than a decade off of school he attended one year at Michigan State University’s College of Law and is currently on leave from his studies there. He was a regular contributing writer to the Tribal newsletter, Smoke Signals, in summer 1996 while in school and again between 2000 and 2002. He also has been published in the Eugene Daily Emerald, UO’s student newspaper, and the McMinnville News-Register. In 2001, he won an award from the Native American Journalists Association and three more NAJA awards in 2002.

He was elected to Tribal Council in September 2004 and re-elected in 2007, 2010 and 2014. He served as Tribal chairperson during the 2006-07 Tribal Council sessions.

Chris likes to travel in his spare time. His hobbies include traveling, reading, hiking, watching movies, cooking and surfing the Internet.   Over the last few years, he has also taken up kayaking during the summers, but doesn’t expect to be featured in any GoPro commercials anytime soon.