HIGHLAND, Calif. – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians electorate re-elected James Ramos as chairman in tribal elections March 13; Ramos ran unopposed.
“I am humbled by the election results from the people of San Manuel,” said Ramos, who was re-elected to a second term. “Our tribal government continues to move forward in meeting the needs of the citizens of San Manuel. I will continue to work with the business committee and the general council to strengthen our government and community so that we can secure a bright future for generations of Yuhaviatam people yet to come.”
All other incumbents were also re-elected to their offices, including San Manuel Vice Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena, San Manuel Business Committee Treasurer Audrey Martinez, and Larry Hernandez as an at-large member of the San Manuel Business Committee.
“Elected office in any situation demands a lot of one’s time,” Valbuena said. “But it comes with great reward as we have an opportunity to make a difference in our community. I am grateful for the chance to serve our tribe and people.”
The San Manuel Business Committee is comprised of seven members, including the chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and three at-large members. The tribe’s general council, which includes all members 21-years and older, are eligible to vote in tribal elections.
Martinez was elected to the office of treasurer for a third consecutive term. She has been involved with national Indian policy issues for a number of years, including serving as San Manuel representative to the National Congress of American Indians.
“The opportunity to serve San Manuel as treasurer has been a wonderful experience. San Manuel has become a leader among Indian nations in tribal economic development, and I look forward to continuing that work.”
San Manuel also elected Hernandez to another term as an at-large member of the business committee.
“This is my third term as an at-large member of the San Manuel Business Committee. We have a number of challenges as a tribal government, but with sound leadership and hard work, we can achieve great things.”
Among the priorities of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is developing and maintaining strong, mutually beneficial relationships with other governments. The tribe also works to positively impact the greater community by its support for social and economic development.