SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians has joined the Board of the California Tribal Business Alliance.
"We are very pleased to have Chukchansi once again represented on our Board," said CTBA Chairman Robert Smith, who is also Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. "While we have never stopped working with Chukchansi on issues of importance to Indian Country, their formal participation on our Board will further strengthen CTBA's voice in Sacramento and across the country."
Chukchansi was a member of CTBA in 2009 but had stepped back from having a representative on the Board in order to focus on tribal business that was eminent at the time. The Tribe's decision to rejoin the Board followed several weeks of discussion over current policy issues and Chukchansi's desire to once again coordinate Native American advocacy efforts with CTBA.
"We have a longstanding relationship with CTBA," said Chukchansi Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales. "Given the many policy issues that we are addressing within Indian Country, including off reservation gaming, sacred sites issues, land and natural resource issues, we are eager to once again join the CTBA Board."
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SOURCE California Tribal Business Alliance