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|Subject: Viejas Elects New council, December 2008
BOBBY L. BARRETT Re-elected Viejas Tribal Chairman.
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians announced the appointment of Bobby Barrett to the tribe's top position of chairman. Six others elected to Tribal Council.
VIEJAS INDIAN RESERVATION, December 2008:
Bobby L. Barrett, 44, has been re-elected as Chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Viejas tribal members elected Mr. Barrett to a second two year term as Tribal Chairman.
Also elected to two-year terms on the Viejas Tribal Council:
Vice Chairman: Robert Welch, Jr.
Secretary: Diana Aguilar
Treasurer: John Christman
Councilmember: Virginia Christman
Councilmember: Greybuck Espinoza
Councilmember: Tim Bactad
Chairman-elect Barrett said, “I am deeply honored that tribal members have placed their confidence and trust in me for a second term. I humbly follow in the footsteps of the many other tribal leaders who have led our people for tens of thousands of years.
Over that time, we have seen many challenges and much suffering, but also much opportunity and success. I am committed to leading our people further down the path of success, even as we face the current economic downturn and other uncertainties.
I also commit to our non-tribal neighbors that Viejas will continue to work with them and build upon the positive relationships that have been mutually-beneficial for our communities, both on and off the reservation.”
THE BOBBY BARRETT FOUNDATION
Bobby Barrett is a lifelong resident of the Viejas reservation who remembers life before tribal government gaming. Isolated from the San Diego community for years, many members of the Viejas Band were unable to work, or to provide any meaningful quality of life for themselves and their families. Unemployment on the reservation was over 80%; access to healthcare, education, and even basic necessities was at best inadequate, or simply non-existent. Families on the reservation suffered from poor health, alcoholism, and violence, all the result of poverty.
As the Viejas Band became successful through its economic ventures, its tribal members gradually began to enjoy a quality of life about which few tribal members even dared to dream. Mr. Barrett has never forgotten the struggle to obtain shelter, to feed and clothe a family, or to provide for a childs education. He also has not forgotten that the well-being of a community is only as good as that of its weakest members....
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