Office of Indian Affairs

Haku from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Chairman Vincent Armenta and the Chumash Tribal Business Committee. We are hosting this webpage to provide information on a Cabinet level Indian Affairs Secretary in the Governor’s Office.


  • Thursday, March 24, 2011, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians,
    Tribal Hall, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Located at 1 West Tribal Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 - Click here for minutes
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2011, CNIGA quarterly meeting, Sacramento
    (only as new business and possibly not at all)
  • Thursday, April 21, 2011 (during CNIGA meeting), Blue Lake Casino & Hotel, 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake CA - CNIGA Blue Lake PPT
  • Thursday, May 19, 2011, Tribal Leaders Meeting, Hosted by Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Double Tree Hotel, Sacramento
  • Monday, June 27, 2011, during All Tribes meeting at Sacramento, CA
    most likely at Sheraton Hotel

  • Future meeting at Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians,
    Santa Ynez, CA

Please contact us if you are available and interested in hosting a meeting.

Draft Sample Tribal Support Resolution

Proposal to Create an Office of Indian Affairs within the Brown Administration to Improve Tribal and State Relations (March 8, 2011 draft)

DRAFT Duty Statement (March 8, 2011 draft)

California 1977 Executive Order RE: Native American Adviser

Washington State: The Governor's Office of Indian Affairs
In 1969, the office was established to function as an Advisory Council to the Governor. After ten years, the Council was abolished and replaced by a gubernatorially appointed Assistant for Indian Affairs. Renamed the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, it has continued to serve as liaison between state and tribal governments in an advisory, resource, consultation, and educational capacity. Click here for more info.

New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Act
9-21-5. Secretary of Indian affairs.

A. The chief executive and administrative officer of the department is the "secretary of Indian affairs". The secretary shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. The secretary shall hold the office at the pleasure of the governor and shall serve in the executive cabinet.

Also includes Indian Affairs Commission of 10 members (9 from tribes and one non-Indian). Click here for more info.

The Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (ACIA) was established the adoption of A.R.S. § 41-541 in 1953 by the 21st Legislature to consider and study conditions among the Indians residing within the State of Arizona.

The Commission consists of 17 members, including seven Indian and two non-Indian Commissioners appointed by the Governor, and 8 Ex-Officio members who serve by the virtue of their office. Click here for more info.

The Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission (OIAC) is governed by a Board of Commissioners comprised of nine (9) tribal members appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. Appointees serve on the board for three-year terms. Click here for more info.

National Conference of State Legislatures, Government to Government: Models of Cooperation between States and Tribes, (April 2009),


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