Angelina Arroyo is Vice Chairperson for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Arroyo was elected to the Tribe’s seven member Executive Council as Executive Secretary in 2004, a position she held until re-elected in 2008 and served until 2010 when she was then elected to her current position. As Vice Chairperson, Arroyo is charged with leading the efforts towards preserving the Tribe’s Pomo culture and inalienable right to sovereignty, while continually striving for economic self-reliance, through e-commerce, gaming and other economic opportunities unique to tribal lands.
Prior to joining the Executive Council, Arroyo commenced her work for the Tribe as a volunteer on the Enrollment Committee in 1999, where she was actively involved drafting the Tribe’s Enrollment Ordinance, which is still used today. In 2001 Arroyo became an advocate for the Tribe’s Indian Child Welfare Program (ICWA), which actively monitors the safety and protections of its tribal youth while proactively providing tribal members with the supportive resources to fully function as a family unit.
She joined the Project Management Team (PMT) in 2009, where her contributions led to the successful debut of Running Creek Casino, the Tribe’s first sovereign enterprise in May 2012. In addition to these efforts, Arroyo has served as the Inter Tribal Council of California – Domestic Violence (ITCC), California Tribal TANF Program (CTTP) delegate and education representative for the Upper Lake School District and is the current Fee to Trust delegate. She also serves on the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and is a member of the United Pomo Nations Council (UPNC), which protects the economic interests of Pomo tribes.
Today she represents the Tribe as an alternate to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). She is also the Executive Council’s liaison to the Tribal Gaming Commission (TGC), which is tasked with ensuring gaming compliance, rules and regulations.
Arroyo was born in Lakeport and raised in Upper Lake on the former reservation. She completed her primary and secondary education in Upper Lake before receiving her bachelor of arts in communication in 1992 at Humboldt State University located in Arcata, California. She later went on to receive her paralegal certificate in 1993. She currently resides in Upper Lake with her four children who have each been raised to know and actively participate in their Pomo culture.