Pala Band of Mission Indians Announces Tribal Election Results

PALA, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that all of the incumbent candidates for the Tribal Council were overwhelmingly re-elected, including Chairman Robert Smith.

Theresa Nieto, who has served on the Tribal Council since 2001, was re-elected Treasurer and Sheila Lopez was re-elected to a second term as Councilmember At-Large, a position she has held since 2012.  Chairman Robert Smith has served as chairman since first being elected in 1990.

“I am extremely proud to continue to serve the Tribe as chairman,” said Robert Smith, re-elected Tribal Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians.  “We had a great election turnout and the strong support for all members of the Tribal Council shows confidence in the progress we have made  culturally, socially and economically. The Tribal Council and I look forward to continuing this progress and achieving even more in the years to come.”


Over the last two years Pala Casino Resort celebrated its 12th Anniversary and has flourished under this Tribal Council’s leadership winning numerous awards for its casino, entertainment venue and spa. Additionally, the tribe’s official radio station Rez Radio 91.3 continues to thrive and recently won The Award of Excellence for Best Radio Newscast in San Diego County for the second year in a row. The Tribal Council established Rez Radio in 2011 to provide local news and effective communication during an emergency to local residents.


The election was held November 18. Tribal Councilmembers each serve a two-year term, with half of the Tribal Council up for election each year. The other offices of Vice-Chairman, Secretary and the other Tribal Councilmember At-Large are voted on in odd-numbered years.


The Pala Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe whose reservation is located along the Palomar Mountain range approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The majority of the over 900 tribal members live on the 12,000-acre reservation, established for Cupeño and Luiseño Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people - Pala.


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