Jamul Indian Village Chairperson Appointed to Federal Tribal Advisory Committee

Erica Pinto
Erica M. Pinto, President of the Jamul Indian Village of California.

Erica M. Pinto, president of the Jamul Indian Village of California, was nominated to serve on the Secretary of the Interior’s Tribal Advisory Committee by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, it was announced Tuesday.

Pinto will serve as the principal committee member from the Pacific region, representing more than 100 federally recognized tribes throughout California. His one-year term began on June 15.

“I am very honored to have been chosen to serve as a guide within STAC,” Pinto said. “Representing my people on this scale and helping shape policies that affect every tribe in the United States will truly be one of the highlights of my life. I thank Secretary Haaland for nominating me to serve on STAC.

The committee, announced last November at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit, was created to ensure that tribal leaders communicate directly with federal authorities. Committee members can exchange views, share information, and provide advice and recommendations regarding Department of the Interior programs, policies, and funding that affect tribal nations.

“Tribal members who join the Secretary’s first-ever Tribal Advisory Committee will be critical in ensuring tribal leaders can engage at the highest levels of the department on the issues that matter most to their people,” Haaland said. “I look forward to continuing the engagement and ensuring the department honors and strengthens our nation-to-nation relationships with the tribes.”

The committee “will also work to improve government-to-government relations between the DOI and the tribes,” according to a statement from Haaland’s office.

The committee is made up of a senior tribal representative from each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regions, as well as an alternate from each region.

–City News Service

Christina A. Kroll