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Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Show Happiness with Leaders

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The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians recently held its tribal elections, and for the seventh election in a row, Vincent Armenta was re-elected to the role of tribal chairman.

Armenta ran unopposed and was joined by Business Committee members David Dominguez, Richard Gomez, Kenneth Kahn and Gary Pace in being re-elected.

“Now in my 12th year as a tribal chairman, I am honored that my fellow tribal members have the confidence in me to continue to lead our tribal nation,” said Armenta. “The past dozen years have been the most exciting years of my life. I have significantly expanded my knowledge of government, business, community and our tribe’s own culture and history in order to better serve my tribe.”

The duties of the chairman and business committee are to establish policies for the betterment of the tribe and oversee the legal and business affairs, while looking out for the economic well being of its members.

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“I’m especially pleased that the entire leadership team was re-elected,” said Armenta. “We have worked together as a board overseeing the business aspects of our tribe for nearly five years and we are all looking forward to continuing to build a solid foundation for future generations of our tribe.”

All members of the business committee have tribal leader experience as well.