Bill Sterud was first elected to the council in 1978, and has served on the Puyallup Tribal council for more than 30 years, taking the role of chairman and vice chair on several occasions. He was most recently re-elected in 2010. Sterud represented the Tribe in negotiations that led to the Puyallup Land Claims Settlement in the late 1980s.
Lawrence W. LaPointe is serving his sixth term on the council. He was reelected in 2009. LaPointe grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School. After his graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
Sylvia Miller was born and raised in Washington. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1977 and continued her education at Tacoma Community College and Bates Technical College. Sylvia Miller has worked for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians as a youth coordinator, fisheries secretary, executive secretary for Tribal Council, director of JTPA, law enforcement dispatcher, administration assistant. She has previously served two terms on the Tribal Council.
Sylvia Miller would like to thank the membership for this opportunity to serve on the governing body of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
David Bean is presently serving in his third term as an elected member of the Puyallup Tribal Council, the Governing body of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Bean is the NW Delegate for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). Bean is the Co-Chair of the Gaming Committee for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI). Bean works tirelessly with Puyallup Tribal Staff and NW Tribal Leaders in the areas of Public Safety, Health Care, Education, Natural Resources Protection and Gaming.
As a leader in his own Tribal Community, Bean relies on the teachings from his mother, Gloria R. Bean, his elders and his education from the University of Puget Sound to guide him in preserving, supporting and protecting the Constitution and bylaws of the Puyallup Tribe and the Constitution of the United States.
Bean is an active member in his community spending much of his time with Elders and Youth of the
Puyallup tribe. He participates regularly in cultural activities by drumming, singing and dancing with
children throughout the community as well as within the NW Canoe Society. Bean promotes healthy,
positive, and structured lifestyles for members of his community as well as strives to be a strong role
model in promoting education.
As a child, Bean fished in his traditional waters with his parents. He continues that tradition today by
participating in his tribal fisheries as a diver harvesting Geoducks.
Prior to serving on Tribal Council, Bean worked in the private sector as a small business owner/operator
for six years.
Roleen Hargrove was re-elected to the Puyallup Tribal Council in 2010 after spending several years working for the Puyallup Tribe as a lobbyist for Governmental affairs. Roleen Hargrove previously served on the Puyallup Tribal Council for 15 years, and presided over the high-profile Land Claims Settlement in the late 1980s, and infrastructure expansion in the 1990s.
Marguerite Edwards was first elected to the Puyallup Tribal Council in 1991. She served a three year term, and thereafter returned to work as a Judge for a regional intertribal court organization. She served three additional terms from 1997 to 2006, and was recently a Code Writer for the Puyallup Tribe. Ms. Edwards served as a Tribal Court Judge for many years for many Puget Sound Tribal Courts. Ms. Edwards has lived long enough to see the Puyallup Tribe go from a membership of two-hundred-fifty, to the thousands of Puyallup Tribal members today, and is very proud of the accomplishments of the Puyallup Tribe.