INDIO, Calif. (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians announced tribal council election results, naming a new chairman, new vice chairwoman and a new member at large.
Douglas Welmas will now serve as the duly elected chairman for both the tribe and the business committee and is the highest ranking elected official within the Cabazon government. He is also the officially recognized spokesperson for the tribe. As chairman, Welmas manages the tribal government and the general membership with support from the business committee and the Cabazon governmental staff, engaging in a broad range of issues at the tribal, regional, state and federal levels regarding economic development, community outreach, cultural preservation, resource management, political affairs and tribal sovereignty. Welmas, who has served on the business committee and as first vice chairman since 2007, succeeds David Roosevelt, who served as chairman since 2009.
San Juanita Callaway was elected as vice chairwoman, after having served as second vice chair for the tribe in previous years. Helen Ruth Callaway was reelected for a second consecutive term as secretary-treasurer. Alexis Nichols was also reelected to a second term as general council liaison and Brenda Soulliere now holds the position of member at large. Soulliere had previously served as first vice chair from 1981 to 2001.
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe with approximately 1,610 acres of reservation land in the Coachella Valley. The tribe owns several business enterprises including Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Goals include growing and diversifying its business ventures to increase employment in the Coachella Valley, increasing the support of community programs, continuing to pursue economic self-sufficiency and preserving and educating the public about Cabazon culture.
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