Washoe Tribe has 1st female chair

Gardnerville, Nevada (AP) October 2010
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California has the first female leader in its history.

Gardnerville’s Record-Courier newspaper reports that Wanda Batchelor of Stewart was elected tribal chair last week. She received 134 votes to defeat current Chairman Waldo Walker, who had 85 votes. Vernon Wyatt garnered 73 votes.

Tribal members also voted to return only one incumbent to the Tribal Council: Chad Malone of the Carson Colony.

Batchelor, who will take office in December, was elected to the Tribal Council in 2006 as a Stewart representative and had previously served as vice chairwoman of the Stewart colony.

The tribe’s ancestral homeland includes Lake Tahoe and valleys along the eastern Sierra around Carson City and Minden.

The election still must be confirmed by the Tribal Council.