The Kalispel Tribe owns and operates more than a dozen businesses and enterprises in and around the Pend Oreille area.

We believe in building a strong community and our economic development opportunites emphasize our commitment to the land and people.

Employee Spotlight

Saydele Haynes

By October 19, 2021 No Comments

What department do you work in and what is your job title?

I work at Tribal Court as a Filing Clerk and Administrative Assistant.

How long have you been employed by the Tribe?
I have been in my current position for 8 months but have been with the Tribe for 6 years holding different positions within that time frame.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Aside from having the best co-workers, I would say the best thing about my job is that I get to serve a role in the community and be a welcoming face to those who show up to our Court. My favorite part has been being able to work alongside my late papa Milton Nomee Sr. for a couple of months at the beginning of the year.

What’s the best thing about Kalispel Tribe?
The best thing about the Kalispel Tribe is how caring they are not only for their own members but also for different members of different tribes and their community members. Also, I love how involved they are with the youth at Cusick High School.

What does your workspace look like?
My workspace is filled with pictures of my family, my fur baby Nala, coffee cups, and your everyday needs. (Printer, 3-hole punch, scanner, telephone, lamp)

Why did you want to come work for Kalispel Tribe?
I chose to come work for the Kalispel Tribe because I have experienced nothing but hospitality working here from my first job in summer youth in 2011.

How long have you worked for Kalispel Tribe?
I have worked for the tribe off and on for the past 6 years

What or who inspires you?
My mom inspires me. Ever since I was little, I have always admired how strong, and how determined she is. Given all that she has been through, she chose to fight on and build the life that she lives now. My mom is my superhero! <3

What are the words you live by?
“Tomorrow is never promised, live today to the fullest” – Unknown

How do you define success?

Success is not given overnight; it is something that you have to work hard towards.

What is your favorite event that Kalispel Tribe puts on?
My favorite event is the annual Pow-wow, not only because it’s a place where we all get to see family and spend time with them. But because we get to do what we love which is dancing and singing.

What are five words (or less) of advice for others in your profession?
Pay attention to details.

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