Greg Sarris
Tribal Chairman

In 1992, when Greg was beginning his teaching career at UCLA as an assistant professor, he got word of a tribe attempting to establish a casino at Tomales Bay. This tribe was not Coast Miwok or Southern Pomo and was well out of its territory. Greg immediately notified and consulted with Tribal elders, and soon after called the first meeting to reorganize the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria. He then led the push for restoration of the tribe as a federally recognized American Indian nation, co-authoring a bill (H.R. 5528) with California Indian Legal Services, which President Clinton signed on December 27, 2000 officially granting the tribe status as a federally recognized tribe.

Greg has served six terms as elected Chairman of the Tribe and is currently leading the Tribe in its economic development endeavors with Station Casinos. Greg oversees all business negotiations and the daily operations of the Tribe.

Just recently, he finished his seventh book, a novel for Viking/Penguin due out early 2005. An earlier book, Grand Avenue, was made into an HBO miniseries, which Greg wrote and executive produced with Robert Redford. Greg holds a PhD from Stanford University and is currently the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University.

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Lorelle W.B. Ross

Lorelle Ross has served five elected terms as a member of the Tribal Council to further her commitment to building a healthy tribal community that values cultural and social development, health, education, and economic fortitude. Beginning when she was just nineteen, she has served as a Council Member, Treasurer, and currently is serving her second term as Vice-Chair.

Lorelle's grandfather was one of Graton Rancheria's original distributees. After the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria was illegally terminated in the late 1950's and early 1960's, her Grandfather maintained ownership of one acre on the original Rancheria. The one-acre parcel is currently owned and held in fee simple by Lorelle's mother Gloria Armstrong, who has lived on the land for over fifty years. Lorelle was also raised on this parcel and currently lives with her mother in the original wood frame house that was first constructed on the Rancheria approximately seventy years ago.

Lorelle graduated from El Molino High School in Forestville, California in 1993. Lorelle is currently enrolled as a part-time student at Santa Rosa Junior Community College. In addition , she is employed as an elder care provider for her 84 year-old Great Aunt.

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Gene Buvelot

Gene Buvelot has been involved with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria , also formerly known as the Federated Coast Miwok, for the past 12 years.
Gene was first elected to the Tribal Council in 1992, serving until 1993 as the Tribal Treasurer. He was responsible for the safe keeping of all tribal funds and expenditures. In 1993, he was elected to Tribal Vice Chairman and served in this capacity until December 2002. In December 2002 he was re-elected to the position of Tribal Treasurer.
Gene has been actively involved with the cultural activities of the Tribe. In 1992 he served as Cultural Resource Monitor and continues to do so at this time. Beginning in 1996, he was appointed to the Tribe's Cultural Resource Committee the responsibilites of the committee are consulting, monitoring and assisting in incorporating tribal comments into existing, proposed or planned construction development projects, at the local, state and federal level to protect the Tribe's cultural sacred sites.

Gene has served as Grant Project Director for the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs grant-Aid to Tribal Government (2001-2002). This grant was used to establish the Tribal Infrastructure after the Tribe was officially restored on December 27, 2000.

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Jeannette Anglin
Tribal Secretary

Jeannette Anglin, Tribal Secretary of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, is a life-long resident of Sonoma County. Educated in the local public schools, she then attained a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Davis. Her elementary and secondary teaching credentials are from Fresno State University and a Masters Degree in counseling from Sonoma State University.

Professionally she served as a teacher, counselor and school administrator, including principal of a junior high and high school and presently is retired as a Director in Santa Rosa City Schools. She served on the state board of the Association of California School Administrators, the Sonoma County Parks Commission and the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and is presently serving on the state board of the California League of High School, the Sonoma County Community Foundation and the Santa Rosa Teen Center Board of Directors.

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Joanne Campbell
Tribal Member

Born in Lake County, CA, Joanne Campbell is descended from Sonoma County families of the Pomo and Coast Miwok tribes. Joanne attended Santa Rosa Junior College for two years and completed her education at the University of California, San Francisco, where her major was nursing. After graduation, she worked for the City and County of San Francisco for over thirty years as a public health nurse before retiring in 1992. Joanne has served on the Tribal Council of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria for two elected terms for two years each over the last four years. As a tribal elder, she starts each membership meeting with a blessing in the traditional Coast Miwok language. Joanne's two personal priorities in working with the Tribe are restoring the Tribe's traditional languages and preserving and perpetuating the fine art of basketry.

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Robert Baguio
Tribal Member

Robert Baguio was elected to his first term on the Tribal Council of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in 2004.

A life resident, Robert attended Santa Rosa Junior College where he received an associates degree in Criminal Justices. He worked with the Sonoma County Sheriff's department and the Santa Rosa Police department where he was the first minority to serve as an officer. Upon retiring from the police force, Robert began teaching motivational and self-help seminars both here and abroad including working with the Department of Health in the Philippines. In 1997, he became a General Manager of a casino in Northern California and most recently has been working for a gaming manufacturing company. Robert has also served on the board for Sonoma County Indian Health Project.

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Lawrence Stafford
Tribal Member

Currently serving his second elected term on Tribal Council. Lawrence Stafford was born in Santa Rosa, California where attended local schools  Sierra College in Rocklin, Ca, and Sacramento University. He has worked within Corporate America for last 21 years, he is currently a Global Procurement Operations Manager at Hewlett-Packard Company Customer Service Organization located in Roseville California. He has three children; one son, two daughters and one grand Son. He enjoys fishing and backpacking.   

2011 Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria