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Three new council members selected on September 15, 2018

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Yavapai-Apache Nation members select 3 new council members in Camp Verde on September 15, 2018.

By Don Decker, YAN News

Amanda Honwytewa received 163 votes, Henry Smith coming in second with 144 votes and finally, Nancy Guzman with 137 votes.

Newly elected members will serve a 3-year term.

In 2019, the 3-year terms for Chairperson Jane Russell-Winiecki, Vice Chairman Larry Jackson, Sr., and council member Siera Russell will expire.

Henry Smith is the son of Norman and Priscilla Smith of Tunlii (Yavapai-Apache Nation) and owner of A.R.T. Recovery a towing company established in Camp Verde for several years. Mr. Smith is the softball coach at Camp Verde High School as well. “As a newly elected council member, I want to focus on developing a diversified tribal economy, creating employment opportunities and jobs for our people and provide solid leadership on the tribal council,” he stated.

Nancy Guzman has experience in tribal government serving 2 terms on the tribal council in year’s past as well as being employed in various capacities within the tribal government such as housing, community health, social service in the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the finance department.

“We need to work toward sustainable and achievable goals while keeping the community’s best interest at heart. We need to develop our commercial properties in order to generate additional revenue and employment for our people,” stated Mrs. Guzman.

Amamda Honwytewa graduated from South Verde High School in Camp Verde and enrolled in Yavapai College and received a A.A. Degree in General Studies.  In addition, she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2014. Ms. Honwytewa and her husband and child make their home in Middle Verde.

“I want to bring forth self-sufficiency and food security through the cultivation of agricultural lands for the use of food, to advocate for securing our water rights and to promote and preserve our culture and language,” she stated.

The Election Board will certify the election within ”…three days (3) of the date of the election”.

An additional 10 days is set aside after the election has been certified to review any “Challenges to the Election Results”.

The Election Board has up to 30 days from the date of certification to inaugurate the new council members.

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