Our Tribal Council

Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo


I am serving my first term as Tribal Chairwoman. A native of Ione, California, I’ve always been deeply connected to our Tribal Community and identified, first and foremost, as a proud Miwok Native. My dedication to my Tribal community, and Indian Country as a whole, is the result of many years listening to stories of our elders who worked tirelessly to ensure the health and well being of our people. It is the work of these elders that built the strong foundation on which the Tribe rests today, and I draw from their strength and perseverance as I work to build a strong Tribal government to support present and future generations. In addition to my service as Tribal Chairperson, I am a partner with the law firm, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell in San Francisco, where I practice Federal Indian Law. My practice is focused almost exclusively on representing tribal government across the United States. I am a graduate of Chico State University, U.C. Davis, and the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Tracy Tripp

Vice Chairperson

Chris Hendricks


Youngest child of June Larrabee, grandchild of John Custino and Nancy Howdy.  Being selective in my endeavors, not committing to anything that I do not feel I have time to fully serve to, I have served my people through the following: Native American Indian Association, Vice-President, Hiram Johnson HS 80s; National Native American Human Resources Association, Tribal Human Resources Professional 2014 – present; National Congress of American Indians 2018 – present; Chaw Se Big Time, preparing/serving deep pit, snack bar, fry bread, parking lot, vendors, t-shirts, raffles, campground 1983 – present with breaks; Enrollment Committee, Secretary May 2012 – Oct 2015; Personnel Committee Jun 2013 – May 2015; Economic Development Committee Mar 2015 – May 2015; Finance Committee, Chairperson Mar 2015 – Apr 2018; Tribal Council Secretary Apr 2018 – Present.  It has been an honor to serve in every capacity I was allowed and will continue to pursue what is best for our Tribe as a whole. 

Sandra Waters


George Gurion

Member at Large

I grew up in Amador County and began working at a young age where I learned the value of a good work ethic. I am currently employed at the neighboring tribe of Jackson Rancheria, where I have been for the last eight years.  My work has entailed learning the construction trade and working with the cultural department. I serve on the parent committee for Indian education of Amador and El Dorado counties, and MACT Health Advisory Council Member. My other passion is doing work at Chaw’se during our Big Time and other ceremonies to keep our cultural heritage around for our future generations to come.