There are relatively a small number of people who would take on the challenge of a leadership role. The complexities of building relationships with tribal partners, making connections between people and alliances to motivate forward momentum to accomplish goals is what comprises the duties of a tribal chairman.
As an enrolled tribal member, Raymond Hunter Sr. is serving his second term as Tribal Chairman of the Jamul Indian Village. Elected in September of 2011, Mr. Hunter is working through collaboration with the Jamul Tribal council to achieve the goals set forth by the people of the Jamul Indian Village. Mr. Hunter served his first term as chairman from 1991 to 1995.
A key member of the Executive Board of the Reservation Transportation Authority (RTA), Mr. Hunter serves as the secretary of the organization. RTA is a tribal consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Southern California that work together to improve reservation roads and transportation in a cost effective manner to better serve tribal communities.
Raymond is also a board member of the Southern California Tribal Chairman's Association (SCTCA), a multi-service non-profit corporation established for a consortium of 19 federally recognized tribes in Southern California. Through numerous programs, SCTCA provides services to tribal members and enrolled Indians in the San Diego County urban areas.
Raymond is also a member of the American Indian Veterans Association, (AIVA). Comprised of tribal veterans from all military branches, AIVA provides a place for Native American veterans to visit with other like minded service members. AIVA also provides services to veterans and their families when applying for federal state and county benefits and as an advocate for Native American Veterans in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Hunter attended Palomar College and is a graduate of Julian High School. A military veteran; he served in the Unites States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1969 where he served one tour in Vietnam. Raymond worked for Pacific Bell for 21 years as a Service Technician where he retired in 1995.