CMU alumnus elected tribal chief


The new chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is a Central Michigan University alumnus.

Ronald Ekdahl will serve as the Tribe’s newly elected chief for the 2017-19 term. 

According to a press release on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe website, Ekdahl was elected at the Tribe’s December General Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. 

Ronald Ekdahl | Courtesy Photo

Ekdahl is director of the Tribe’s parks and recreation program and has served on the Council for two years. He is taking over from former chief Frank Cloutier, who has held leadership since 2015. 

Ronald Ekdahl graduated from Central Michigan University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Services. 

“It is truly an honor to be elected to serve as Tribal Chief for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community,” Ekdahl said in the release. “I will do everything in my power to ensure Tribal Council collectively works for what is in the best interest of the Tribe and its members.” 

Other elected members for the term include:

  • Julius Peters: Sub-Chief 
  • Craig Graveratte: Treasurer 
  • Frank Cloutier: Secretary 

Diana Quaigno-Grundahl will be returning to the Council as chaplain and Kenny Sprague was elected sergeant-at-arms. 

Louanna Bruner, Lindy Hunt, Bill Federico, Theresa Peters-Jackson, Jennifer Wassegijig and Ron Nelson were also sworn is as the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council Elect. 


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