Jody was born on Sept. 23, 1947, to Joseph Barnachia Calica and Inez Sumpter Calica.
After living a life of devotion to family, and dedication to his work in education and natural resources, he died on March 18, 2019, at home surrounded by family. He was raised in Simnasho, Oregon, with his parents and five brothers, and nearby grandparents. Jody went to school in Simnasho, later Warm Springs, and graduated from Madras Union High School in 1965. From there he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After completing training he was assigned to the Guided Missile Frigate, USS Reeves and home ported out of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship was assigned to combat duty stations patrolling the North Vietnam Coast and Aircraft Carrier Escort in the Gulf of Tonkin from 1966-1968.
Upon return from service, he attended college at Central Oregon Community College and transferred to Portland State University to pursue studies in Engineering. He later transferred to the University of Oregon, to pursue studies in Education and was recruited into the Teacher Corps Program and training at McClaren School for Boys. Through his program, he engaged in volunteer service for Chemawa Indian School, Oregon Correction Institute, and Oregon State Penitentiary. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Oregon State University in 1974. Jody pursued graduate studies in Education Administration from Oregon State University and later Public Administration from Lewis & Clark College.
Beginning in 1973, he worked for the Jeff erson County 509-J School District as a High School Guidance Counselor. In 1976, he was recruited to work for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, as Education Director. In 1989-1998, Jody served as the Tribes' Director of Natural Resources. It was in this role, that he became actively involved in water, fisheries, forestry and energy resource work. He would later be appointed to the Oregon Parks Commission and worked on the Tribes' Water Rights Settlement Agreement. Jody, along with the late James "Jim" Noteboom, initiated and laid the groundwork for the Tribes' sale of credits from tribal forestry into the California Carbon Market.
In 1998, Jody was selected and appointed by the Warm Springs Tribal Council to serve as the Tribes' Chief Operations Offi cer. In 2002, he was recruited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to serve as the Superintendent of the Northern Idaho Agency, working directly with the Nez Perce Tribe, Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. He would later serve the tribe as the Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Executive Officer. Jody was a partner in his own business, Kanim Associates, LLC, a Native American-owned professional consulting firm working on energy, infrastructure, environmental and education issues. He would also be the founder of Changing Currents: Tribal Water Summit, the first intertribal water summit in the Northwest held July 2017, at the University of Oregon Knight Law Center, July 2018, at the University of Washington, and this coming year, at the University of Idaho Law School. Finally, he served on the Warm Springs Tribal Council from 2015-2019.
Jody was a strong and prominent advocate for education, natural resources, economic development, and infrastructure. He was an outdoorsman, cattle rancher, cowboy, fisherman, and hunter. Jody was active with veteran work and services. He participated in cultural activities and events locally and intertribally. Jody was devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He spent his free time with his family, friends, and colleagues. He was well-known for his outstanding barbecue and cooking.
Jody is survived by his brother, Raymond Tsumpti Sr., son, Carlos R. Calica; daughter, Direlle R. Calica; stepsons, Ricky Graybael, Brent Graybael, and Tracy Graybael; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his late wife, Marie Ann Smith Calica; father, Joseph B. Calica; mother, Inez Sumpter Calica; brothers, Lawrence Calica, Kenneth Calica, and Darrell Calica; and son, Jose Calica.
Funeral services were held on March 21-22, at the Simnasho Longhouse, and burial at the Warm Springs Agency Cemetery on March 22.