Newly elected Tribal Chairman Leland Kinter was among five members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation sworn into office on January 20.
Kinter was joined by James Kinter, Anthony Roberts, Mia Durham, and Matthew Lowell Jr., all of who were re-elected to the Tribal Council for three-year terms.
“I am honored and humbled the Yocha Dehe citizens have chosen me as tribal chairman,” Leland Kinter said. “Our nation has made great strides to rebuild and sustain our culture and provide a strong, secure future for generations to come. But, we still have much to do. I look forward to working closely with my fellow Council Members and our citizens – whose work on governing committees is essential to our success – to ensure we continue building an enduring and sustainable community.”
Leland Kinter has previously served as a Council Member from 1994 to 1999 and as tribal secretary from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, he stepped away from tribal politics to lead the efforts of the Yocha Dehe to restore the tribe’s culture and innovative programs to revive the Patwin language. The newly elected chairman has been recognized for his work in Native language education and earned a California teaching credential for the instruction of Patwin.
“As leaders of our tribe, one of our most important roles is to continually prepare the next generation for leadership,” Kinter said. “My election as chairman speaks proudly to the work of the exemplary leaders who preceded me. I would particularly like to thank outgoing Chairman Marshall McKay for his tireless dedication, his commitment to mentoring the tribe’s next generation and his statesmanship that gave our tribe a strong public voice. Our former leaders are vital parts of who we are and their experience and knowledge continue to be important to our tribe.”