Standing for Tomorrow: A NAFOA Podcast Featuring Stories of Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Standing for Tomorrow: A NAFOA Podcast Featuring Stories of Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 15, 2021

NAFOA Standing for Tomorrow - Hosted by NAFOA's VaRene Martin with Chairman Bo Mazzetti and Chairwoman Erica PintoListen Now

NAFOA’s pilot podcast “Standing Together for Tomorrow,” invites tribal leaders to discuss the financial, community, and personal impacts of the pandemic on their tribes.

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NAFOA: Standing for Tomorrow - with Chairmain Mazzetti and Chairwoman Pinto

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Indian Country and isolated our people when we need to support each other the most. Listen as NAFOA’s 1st Vice President, VaRene Martin, sits down with Chairwoman Erica Pinto of Jamul Indian Village and Chairman Bo Mazzetti of Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians to learn more about their community's response to the pandemic and how they are creating solutions for a more hopeful tomorrow.  

About Our Guests

Chairman Bo Mazzetti. The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians reservation is located in Valley Center, California a rural community in northern San Diego County, California. The Rincon Band is the owner of Harrah's Resort, Southern California. First elected in 2007, Chairman Bo Mazetti has served three consecutive terms. He is also the president of the San Luis Rey Indian Water Authority and a founder and active member of the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association. Chairman Mazzetti served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.

Chairwoman Erica Pinto. The Jamul Indian Village of California traces its roots back 12,000 years in San Diego County, California. In October 2016, Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego opened, creating nearly 1,000 permanent jobs for members of the tribe and the surrounding region. Chairwoman Erica Pinto has been involved with the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council since 1997 and elected as the first woman chairwoman in 2015. Highlights of Chairwoman Pinto’s many roles include currently serving on the board of the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association and the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Southern Indian Health Council.


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