Hiram O. Campbell Sr., Tribal Chief, elected on December 4, 2012
The Chief of the Tribe is elected by the General Council and is the representative of the General Membership in all matters of the Tribe. The Chief is charged with the power of review, approval or veto of any law passed by the Tribal Council and the facilitation of all petitions submitted by the General Council exercising its power of self-government in compliance with the Tribe’s Constitution.
Since 1979, I have worked with Tribal Governments or Tribal Organizations. The majority of work experience has been in administration, management and planning. Emphasizing in management of contracts and grants; grant writing; policy and procedure development; quality assessment & improvement, and construction project management.
Employed with Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc. as the Director of the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management This position is responsible to plan and direct the activities of the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Department, establish and maintain effective safety programs in the areas of fire and life safety, chemical safety, radiological safety, laboratory/general/shop safety, hazardous materials management, accident and injury prevention, environmental compliance, emergency response, risk management, and loss control, and assure that those programs are in compliance with state and federal regulations, the regulations of SCIHP and the goals and requirements of SCIHP. This is a security sensitive position. My latest duties are assisting in achieving accreditation, infection prevention & control and safety; and facilities and environment.
Taken from 2012 Tribal Chief Candidate Statement. Following is my vision statement:
All the years I’ve worked with tribal governments and tribal organizations, they all have a common theme, a lack of adequate administration, a lack of an adequate infrastructure and a lack of long range planning. It is all the organization can do to
manage the matters of the day, let alone provide for the economic growth in the future, but this, too, can change. It takes time to develop a long-range vision. In the interim, there are many lost tribal opportunities such as housing and economic opportunities.
The planning process should include:
- Establishing a planning process that works for the Tribe
- Dealing with the need to include specific land-use
- Dealing with planning conflicts caused by outdated processes
- Gaining support of planning goals for the tribal departments and tribal members
Defining planning for the Tribe rather than a Western European model of planning
Planning for the tribe must understand the responsibility that everything he does will echo through time. It is a serious responsibility … to maintain cultural integrity. Education and training of tribal members, “Invest in the future.” It’s our children. Teach them the tools they will need. Any plan has to build on the tribal culture and identity. A plan can only work when there is serious community input — a plan that is explained and revised as needed. Most importantly, tribal politics should be kept to a minimum. One way to avoid tribal politics, and to sustain the momentum necessary for enduring change, is to solicit input from tribal members through meetings and surveys.
Through an approach that develops a people’s vision, it’s possible to create a tribal future. But there is one warning: adoption of a plan is great but implementation maybe a struggle.
The long-term goal of the current tribal government is the development of resources that lead to a higher standard of living, increased cultural vitality and greater freedom to make choices concerning the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Most sources state that economic development is a broad and often misunderstood concept. This is because it means different things to different people. Some of the common measurements and key indicators of economic development are:
- Increasing employment
- Increasing mean or median income
- Enhancing the overall quality of life
A broader understanding of economic development that includes the above components is increasing long-term self-sufficiency of individuals, families, communities and institutions.
To reach the suggested goals, a comprehensive planning and management strategy, with respect to tribal government operations and effectiveness of services, will need to be developed. The process will not happen overnight. Early planning cites a need to face a range of critical challenges, such as providing housing, creating economic development opportunities and building in sustainable ways. This will provide an atmosphere conducive to long-term growth and prosperity for the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians.
The development and continuation of a strategic plan for the Tribe. This will eventually involve short, mid-range and long-term planning. The plan would include, but not limited to:
- Governmental infrastructure
- Social services
- Human resources (people)
- Constitutional reform
- Development of legal resources
- Land Acquisition (ongoing)
- Government Center
- Senior Citizen Building
- Convenience Store
- Wastewater Treatment Facility
- Elder Housing
- Tribal Member Housing
- Boys and Girls Club
- Installation of Fiber Optic Cable
- Improved Tribal Services
- Water System Upgrades
- US-101 Road Interchange
- Home Down Payment Assistance
- Home Renovation/Repair
We can explore other projects that have worked on other reservations and will hold meetings and develop surveys with our tribal membership to learn their desires. In addition, we can recruit the services of economists, engineers, lawyers and community
development planners to garner project input.
I believe in honor and accountability for all areas of Tribal service and Tribal government. If elected, I would represent all of the people equally and strive to develop a sustainable program base that all Tribal members could access regardless of where
they choose to live or income level. I believe that we are at a critical point in our Tribe’s history. I would like to see a high
level of professionalism from all of our leaders and all candidates that are running for our tribal government. I would urge all Tribal members to watch the candidates and select those that exhibit a professional demeanor and conduct themselves in a manner that would be a positive attribute to the Tribe. We should accept nothing less from those we choose to represent all of us.
Hiram O. Campbell
Candidate for Tribal Chief