- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed the city’s first-ever tribal liaison.

In a statement Thursday, the mayor said Patricia Davis Gibson, a tribal court judge and tribal attorney, will represent Native American interests and strengthen communication with various tribes.

Gibson is an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, and is a direct descendant of Chief Ten Bears.

She is also has tribal connections to the Muskogee Creek Nation and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

She grew up in Wyoming, by the Wind River Indian Reservation, and later by the Crow Nation.

Gibson earned her undergraduate degree at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, near the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

She got her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.

She begins Aug. 15.

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