As an independent, sovereign body, the Sycuan Tribal Council consists of seven officials democratically elected by the Sycuan General Council from the overall Sycuan membership. The officials of the Sycuan Tribal Council determine and administer laws, conditions and regulations for the benefit of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
Sycuan Tribal Members Elect New Tribal Council Chairman, Council to take office January, 2015, for four year terms
SYCUAN INDIAN RESERVATION, CA (December 9, 2014) – The Sycuan General Council elected their new Tribal Council. Officers and Council members will assume office on January 1, 2015, for four year terms. The 2015-2018 Tribal Council is: Chairman Cody Martinez; Vice Chairman Henry Murphy; Secretary Charlene Worrell; Treasurer LaShunna Davidson; and Council members Xusha Brown, Sr., Joshua Muse, and Alanna Sandoval.
The election was overseen by California Indian Legal Services (CILS), the first Indian controlled non-profit law firm organized to provide specialized legal services to Indian Tribes founded over thirty years ago.
Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for nearly 12,000 years. Today they are a modern government providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resort facilities, the Sycuan Casino and Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations.
The Tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), also seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel; is an investor in Hotel Solamar near Petco Park; and is owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National City. Combined, these enterprises now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegans.
It is the responsibility and goal of the Sycuan Tribal Council to oversee the business operations of Sycuan as well as to ensure the health, welfare and safety of not only its tribal members, but of the local and surrounding community.
Sycuan Band members must be over the age of 18 in order to run for office. Members serve a four-year term and all Sycuan members over the age of 18 are eligible to take part in the election process. The Spokesperson or Leader (Kwaypaay) of Sycuan is the Chairman or Chairwoman who also serves a four-year term. All decisions and/or laws with major implications for Sycuan as a whole are presented to the Sycuan General Council for final vote. The General Council consists of all Sycuan members over the age of 18.