Le Grand Conseil des Cris (Eeyou Istchee) et le Gouvernement de la Nation Crie sont gouvernés par un Conseil de 20 membres élus par les bénéficiaires cris de la façon suivante.
- A Grand Chief / President is elected by all the Crees every 4 years in a general election held by secret ballot.
- A Deputy Grand Chief / Vice-President is elected by all the Crees every 4 years during a general election held by secret ballot.
- The elected Chiefs of each of the 9 communities also sit on the Council. All Chiefs are elected by secret ballot by members of their respective Cree communities.
- An elected representative from each of the 9 communities also sits on the Council for a 3-year term. All representatives are elected by secret ballot by members of their respective Cree communities.
- The elected Chief and an elected representative from Washaw Sibi and MoCreebec also have a voice on the Council, although their status has not been formally confirmed in legislation or by means of a convention with the government.