Lynn “Nay” Valbuena was reelected chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for the fifth time. The newly reelected chairwoman and tribal council members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were sworn in on April 12.
For nearly 50 years, Valbuena has held numerous elected and appointed positions within tribal government, including secretary-treasurer and vice chairwoman. She also has a lifetime of service and leadership with regional, state and national organizations, including the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), where she is currently serving her 27th year as chairwoman.
Valbuena also served as vice chairwoman for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, secretary for the National Indian Gaming Association, and delegate to the National Congress of American Indians. She previously served as a trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian, which is a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She continues her trusteeship for the Autry Museum, and has been an advisory council member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California since the organization was founded more than 20 years ago.