The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians has joined the Board of the California Tribal Business Alliance.
“We are very pleased to have Viejas once again represented on our Board,” said CTBA Chairman Robert Smith, who is also Chairman of the Pala Band of Luiseño Indians. “While we have never stopped working with Viejas on issues of importance to Indian country, their formal participation on our Board will further strengthen California Tribal Business Alliance’s voice in Sacramento and across the country.”
Viejas was one of the founding members of the California Tribal Business Alliance, but had stepped back from having a representative on the Board in 2011 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 the Viejas’ desire to once again coordinate Native American advocacy efforts with the Business Alliance.
“We have a longstanding relationship with the California Tribal Business Alliance,” said Viejas Vice Chairman Robert Cita Welch. “Given the many policy issues that we are addressing within Indian country, including online gaming, the proliferation of internet cafés, sacred sites issues and upcoming compacts, we are eager to once again join the California Tribal Business Alliance Board.”