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New tribal council also elected

December 21, 2010 (Alpine)—Anthony Pico has been elected chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, replacing Bobby Barrett, who served five terms and chose not to run for reelection. Pico previously served as chairman for three terms and vice chairman for two terms, a total of more than two decades of leadership.


“Under his stewardship and vision, the Viejas Band achieved national and state recognition for its economic and social progress,” California Indian Education’s website states. During his prior tenure as Chairman, Viejas proved a leader in promoting inter-tribal business ventures as well as economic development for the tribe locally.


Robert “Cita” Welch, Jr. was reelected as Vice Chairman in the December 19 election at Viejas Tribal Hall. Anita Uqualla will serve as secretary and Sam Q. Brown as treasurer. In addition, members reelected Councilmember Greybuck Espinoza, also electing Victor Woods and Bear Cuero as members.


Newly-elected members of the Tribal Council will officially take office on January 3, 2011, and will serve two year terms.

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a sovereign Nation whose people have inhabited the San Diego County area for thousands of years. The 1,600 acre Viejas Indian Reservation is located near Alpine. Viejas Enterprises operates the tribe’s business entities, including the Viejas Casino, Viejas Outlet Center, Viejas Entertainment & Production (VEP), Three Fires LLC and Four Fires LLC, (two partnerships that have developed hotels in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento), Borrego Springs Bank, three radio stations and two RV parks. For more information, visit


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