PHOENIX - Shan Lewis, Vice Chairman of the Fort Mojave Tribe, was elected president of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA).
"It is an honor to be selected for this position by my fellow tribal leaders in Arizona. I look forward to working with them in addressing the issues currently facing tribes including the upcoming elections, in regards to candidates and the Indian vote as well as educating the public that tribes are governments and should be treated as such," Lewis said.
A veteran of the armed forces, Vice Chairman Lewis was stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky before being deployed for six months in the Sinai Desert in Egypt.
Upon completing his tour of duty, he returned to the Fort Mojave Tribe where he worked for the Education and Public Relations Department before being elected by his tribe. He is currently serving a four-year term as Vice Chairman.
This is Lewis' first time serving as president for the organization but previously served as second vice president.
He replaces Jamie Fullmer, former Chairman of the Yavapai Apache Nation, as president of the organization.
Chairman Fullmer was recently honored as the outgoing president of ITCA Sept. 21.
Elections of all officers for the organization occurred Oct. 26. Additionally, Chairwoman Cordova continues to serve as the secretary/treasurer.
The other newly-elected officers include Diane Enos, President of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, as first vice president, and Benjamin Nuvamsa, Chairman of the Hopi Tribe, as second vice president.
Established in 1952, the ITCA is an association of tribal governments that provides a forum to advocate for national, regional and specific tribal concerns and to join in united action to address those concerns. Members of the organization are the highest elected officials of twenty federally recognized tribes in Arizona.
Only elected officials of tribes in Arizona are eligible to serve as officers of the organization.
The new officers will work to advance the purposes of ITCA, to promote tribal self governance, and to help improve the quality of life for American Indians living in Arizona.
For more information about ITCA, contact John R. Lewis at (602) 258-4822.