NPTEC Member Biographies:

Elizabeth Arthur-Attao


Nez Perce Tribal Members, I offer you over 36 years of work experience in duties requiring much trust and responsibility. I am honest, dependable, hard worker and am ready to be of service to you . I look forward to meeting everyone and available to answer any questions. I appreciate your support and vote for NPTEC Seat 1 position.

There are many fellow tribal members vying for this NPTEC position Seat 1. My best to everyone!

PERSONAL - Husband/Friend/Soul Mate, 43 years, Vicente ”Ben” Attao; Three daughters - Kristine Attao, Catherine Attao Toves & Ina Attao; Thirteen Grandchildren and one Great Grandson; Parents – Joshua Arthur and Hazel Hayes Arthur; Paternal Grandparents – Daniel Arthur & Rachel (Penney) Arthur; Maternal Grandparents – Sam Hayes, Dave & Lucy (Armstrong) Isaac Siblings - Six sisters, Helene (Vic) Sisson, Veronica Arthur Bulltail, Mary Arthur, Patricia Gendreau, Virginia (Tony) Dick, Joanne Arthur; and five brothers, Badge (Connie) Arthur, Jim Arthur, Webster Arthur, Marcus Arthur, Ralph (Linda) Arthur. Member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Community and Kateri Prayer Circle at Lapwai, Participant of Northwest Kateri Ministry at Spokane and Nespelem Cursillo family; Member of Mud Springs Association.

EDUCATION 1972-1974 Eastern Oregon State College, LaGrande, Oregon
                            1977 - 1985 Lewis Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho (part-time student/night classes) *Completed/Accomplished - Spring
                            1985 – Bachelor of Science – Management Degree – LCSC


1/19/2001 TO 12/31/2015 (14 years) Background Investigator – Gaming Commission NP Tribe (position RIF’d by NPTEC Resolution effective 12/31/2015);

01/04/1999 – 01/19/2001 (2 years) Gaming Commissioner (full-time) (NPTEC Appointed Position Ended)

  • Knowledgeable with NPT Gaming Ordinance; 1995 Gaming Compact by and between Idaho State & Nez Perce Tribe; Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA); Internal Control Policy & Procedures.

009/01/1975 – 01/04/1999 (23 + years) DOI - Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northern Idaho Agency, Lapwai – US Government Service (Voluntary resignation - transfer to NPT Tribe Gaming)

  • Acting Indian Self-Determination Specialist – Tribal Enrollment, Resolutions-Record Management, Coordinator PL93-638 Contracts, Grants, Modifications;

  • Teller (Indian Monies) –Accounting, approximately 3,900 IIM & Special Deposit accounts, posting & distribution checks;

  • Management Assistant - Authorized Collector all funds for leases, forestry, loans, Estates, per capita funds; Encoder for Federal Finance System; Personnel & Payroll, Integrated Records Management System (IRMS); Assist with Agency budgets; Realty Technician – assist duties with Leasing, Probates, Acquisition & Disposal; Primary Disbursing Agent – Fire Fighter & Emergency payroll.

  • President - Federal Employee Union; Coordinator -  Federal Employee Women’s Program






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