Sami Jo Difuntorum, a member of the Kwekaeke band of Shasta, is serving her first term as Chairwoman of the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). Ms. Difuntorum has been employed as the Executive Director of the Siletz Tribal Housing Department since 2010 and previously worked for a Tribally Designated Housing Entity in California for 16 years.
Her experience in tribal housing includes providing testimony to Congress during the reauthorization of the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), representing the National American Indian Housing Council at the first tribal leader meeting with the White House, membership on the Formula Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, and Region VI representative to the NAIHC Unexpended Funds Workgroup.
Ms. Difuntorum served on the NAIHC Board of Directors and the Southwest Indian Housing Association Board of Directors, representing Region VII, prior to her relocation to Oregon in 2010. Since that time she has served as co-chair of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Housing Committee, Chair of the NAIHC Legislative Committee, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Northwest Indian Housing Association.