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Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians chooses new leaders for council






A sign on the Paskenta Nomlaki Reservation in California. Photo by Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians

It's election season for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in California.

Last month, tribal voters chose Andrew "Dru" Alejandre as chairman and Ambrosia Rico as treasurer. Alejandre previously served as secretary so there will be another election later this month to fill the now-vacant seat.

"I am both humbled and honored to serve as your Chairman for the next four years," Alejandre wrote in the tribe's October newsletter.

Attn: Members Official Election Results are as follows: Tribal Chairman: 102 Andrew "Dru" Alejandre 18 George...

Posted by Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians on Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Along with vice chair Latisha Miller and and member-at-large Natasha Magana, Alejandre and Rico are part of a new slate of leaders who came on board two years ago. Tribal members ousted a prior council whose spending habits were the subject of considerable controversy. The tribe is now suing those former officials in federal court.

"The damage to our tribe left by the previous administration will take years to correct. And it will take all of us to do this, not just the few of us elected to office," Rico wrote in the newsletter.

The council consists of five positions: chairman, vice chair, treasurer, secretary and member-at-large.

Read More on the Story:
Paskenta tribe elects new members (The Corning Observer 10/5)
Alejandre elected chairman of Paskenta Band (The Red Bluff Daily News 9/17)

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