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February, 2003

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Recognized By US

On Saturday, December 28, 2002, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, whose ancestral territories include Marin and southern Sonoma Counties of California, successfully completed the federal recognition process establishing them as a federally recognized American tribe.

This process was completed by a successful Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) monitored election in which members of the tribe chose seven people to comprise the new Tribal Council.

The elected Tribal Council officers are: Greg Sarris, Ph.D., Chairman; Lorelle Ross, Vice Chairman; Lezlie Grigone, Secretary; Gene Buvelot, Treasurer

The elected Tribal Council members are: Joanne Campbell, Robert Baguio, and Lawrence Stafford.

The tribe's recent Constitution election and this election of the Tribal Council was a result of ten years of dedication which included fry bread fundraisers and the Coast Miwok people pooling their resources in every way imaginable. The tribe acknowledges and appreciates the support it has received during the past ten years from the general public in Marin and southern Sonoma counties and also from local, state and Federal officials.

For more information contact Lezlie Grigone, Tribal Secretary, at (707) 566-2288.



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