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Governor Brown Appoints First Tribal Advisor

Posted by Cicero on February 8, 2012

Back in September at the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nation convention at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, the governor announced he was creating a position to serve as a direct link between the Governor and the over 100 Indian Tribes in California. Today the Governor announced that Cynthia Gomez will serve as the Tribal Advisor and also as executive Secretary for the Native American Heritage Commission.

The position was created by Executive Order B-10-11 to bolster communication between the Brown Administration and Tribal Governments. Gomez will advise Brown on matters relating to legislation, policy and regulation. The position does not require Senate confirmation and the total compensation for the Democrat Gomez will be $140,000 a year.

Gomez is a graduate of the Lorenzo Patino Law School in Sacramento and has most recently been working as chief justice of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court since 2010.

Whether this is an efficient use of $140,000 in tax dollars remains to be seen. The description of Gomez’s job seems overly broad in its “legislation, policy and regulation” directive. Hopefully Gomez genuinely finds a way assist California’s most underserved tribes and is not a $140,000 mouthpiece with services available to highest bidder for the state’s most influential tribes and their business partners.

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