Newly Elected Tribal Council Seated October 23rd, 2017
Jennifer Ruiz — Chairwoman
Tom Walker — Vice Chairman
Eugene Lewis — Secretary
Heather Airey — Treasurer
David Works IV — Member-at-Large
Patrick Hammond III — Member-at-Large
Claudia Gonzales — Member-at-Large
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is led by a Tribal Council comprised of seven tribal members who have been elected by their peers. Members of the Tribal Council, as well as members of its committees, contribute a significant amount of their personal time and energy to look after the well being of the Picayune Rancheria and the activities of the Tribe.
All tribal members are encouraged to participate in the governing process by attending the Tribe’s General Council meetings, which are held the fourth Monday of each month, and the Business meetings, which are held the first and third Thursday of each month.
The Tribal Council’s monthly meetings are every 4th Monday of the month and are held at 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst CA 93644, at the Oakhurst Community Center beginning at 6:00 pm.
Tribal Council elections are held annually. In accordance with the Constitution and Election Ordinance of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, an election committee has direct responsibility for the management of the election process.
Candidates for membership on the Tribal Council shall be qualified voters and shall reside within a 75 mile radius of the Picayune Reservation. Any tribal member 18 years or older, and who has attended at least eight tribal council meetings is eligible to run for Tribal Council. Officers of the Tribal Council shall be at least 25 years of age or older; reside within a 75 mile radius of the Reservation; have attended at least eight tribal council meetings with in the past year.