The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is governed by the Tribal Council, comprised of five members elected by the General Council. Tribal Council members are advocates for building a strong community and catalyze their efforts for change. They believe that community-building strategies range from participating, advocating, supporting and maximize synergy through partnerships. They recognize they can contribute to the prosperity of the individual, the community, and the nation and valuing education is vital to progress. The council continually widens their circle of community to create opportunities that strengthen the community.
ANDREW "DRU" ALEJANDRE
Andrew “Dru” Alejandre was elected Chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in September 2016. Prior to being elected Chairman, he served as Tribal Secretary starting in April 2014. Alejandre grew up in nearby Williams and moved to Corning when the Tribe opened Rolling Hills Casino in 2001. He graduated from Corning Union High School and earned a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute in Sacramento.
Alejandre brings a background rich in entrepreneurialism and business operations to his role as Tribal Secretary. He gained an inside look at the Tribe’s economic development efforts while interning for the Tribe’s construction company in Colorado. Alejandre also realized his dream of owning his own brand when he started his own clothing company.
TRIBAL VICE CHAIRWOMAN
Latisha Miller was elected by the General Council to serve as Vice Chair of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in April 2014. She considers her appointment an honor and she looks forward to interpreting the needs of the tribe and turning them into action. She was born in Willits, California and is the great granddaughter of Sylvester Simmons of Paskenta.
She grew up on the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Mendocino County, where she graduated from Round Valley High School.
After high school, she moved to Humboldt County where she attended the College of the Redwoods. She purchased two businesses, including a window tinting service and an equipment rental and U-Haul facility, and brings her experience as a business owner to her roleas Vice Chair of the Tribe.Miller also worked for United Indian Health Services (UIHS) in Humboldt County, where she was a health education specialists and teen advisor for native youth for over nine years. At UIHS, she led a peer education group for Native American youths ages 12 to 18 to teach them about their culture and help prepare them to be successful adults.
Miller has always aspired to serve her Tribe as a Tribal Council member and wants to work to preserve the Tribe’s traditions and culture through education. She wants to identify the real needs of Tribal members and work to ensure that the Tribal Government helps improve the lives of Tribal members.Miller has two children and in her free time enjoys spending time with her children camping, attending local festivals, powwows, and riding her street bike.
Ambrosia Rico was elected Treasurer of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in April 2014. Prior to serving as a member of the Tribal Council, Rico worked as the Human Resources Staffing Coordinator for the Tribe’s successful Rolling Hills Casino in Corning. She was one of the casino’s first employees and hired a staff of over one thousand employees for the Tribe’s casino business.
Rico grew up in nearby Willows where she graduated from Willows High School and later attended Heald College School of Business in Rancho Cordova, California, earning an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science for Computer Business Administration. Rico also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Rico’s biggest motivation for serving on the Tribal Council is to provide a stable and successful future for all Tribal members. She wants Tribal members to appreciate what an honor it is to be a member of the Tribe. She would love to see members work together, because the possibilities are endless.
Rico lives in Corning with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family to see new places.
TRIBAL MEMBER AT LARGE
Natasha Magana has served as Tribal Council Member-at-Large for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians since May 2014. She grew up in Gerber, California and graduated from Red Bluff Union High School before attending Butte College.
As a Tribal Council member, Magana wants to encourage other Tribal members to be more active in the Tribal Government and the Tribe’s businesses. She wants to expand the Tribe’s education programs to ensure that young members of the Tribe understand the importance of higher education and have the opportunities that previous generations of Tribal members did not have.
Magana is married and lives with her husband and three children in Cottonwood, California. She enjoys spending time with her family at her children’s sporting events, which include baseball, swimming, and gymnastics.
Luis DeLara has served as Tribal Secretary for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians since September 2016. He grew up in Gerber, California and graduated from Red Bluff High School.
As a Tribal member, DeLara wants to bring Nomlaki Tribal Families together to help better the Tribe moving into the future. DeLara is single, living in Red Bluff, California near his family and friends.
He enjoys spending valuable time with his family.