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Board Chairman - Brian Wadsworth

Brian Wadsworth has served as the Pyramid Lake Jr./Sr. High School (PLHS) Board of Education Chairman for the past two years. Mr. Wadsworth was elected to serve a three-year term on the PLHS Board of Education at the 2015 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal General Election. This is the fourth year that Mr. Wadsworth has served on the PLHS Board of Education.

Brian Wadsworth graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in International Business. Mr. Wadsworth also graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master of Business Administration in American Indian Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Wadsworth has also served on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council as a Tribal Councilmember (2013-2015 & 2016-2017).

Mr. Wadsworth currently works at the Nevada Department of Transportation as a Senior Auditor, and is currently studying to obtain his Certified Public Accountant License in the State of Nevada.

As a proponent for education in Tribal Communities, Mr. Wadsworth believes that education is one of the most important tools for our youth and community members to become the next generation of great leaders.

Board Vice-Chairwoman - Billie Jean Guerrero

Billie Jean Guerrero currently works as the Director for the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor Center. She is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and has lived most of her life on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in Northern Nevada. Billie Jean graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Human Services. She also graduated from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada with a teaching license in Elementary Education. Billie Jean has worked for the Pyramid Lake Tribe for most of her career in Housing, Human Resources, Education, Social Services, and Youth programs. Billie Jean believes that she was guided to her present position and feels blessed to be an Ambassador for the tribe promoting the history and culture of the “Numu,” the Paiute people. Working in the Museum is rewarding because it tells the Pyramid Lake story from the native perspective. The purpose of the Museum is to collect, exhibit, and preserve the history and culture of the Northern Paiute People and provide an educational forum for the appreciation, respect, and understanding of the Paiute Culture. Ki Nasoomookwatu – Never to be Forgotten.

Billie Jean enjoys native craft work and is known for making shawls, doing beadwork, and weaving baskets. It is important to carry on our traditional arts, share, and teach our younger generations while they have an interest. In addition, preserving our cultural ways with language, storytelling, history, and cultural practices is a critical responsibility, so that our cultural identity is maintained. The Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor Center works to perform the preservation and protection of the Paiute culture.

Board Member - Mervin Wright Jr.

Environmental Manager/Tribal Council Member Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe P.O. Box 256, 208 Capitol Hill Nixon, NV 89424

mwright@plpt.nsn.us (775) 574-0101 x17

P.O. Box 79, 277 Eagle Street Nixon, NV 89424

mkarlwjr@gmail.com (775) 560-1435 (mobile)

Education:

 M.S. Hydrologic Sciences University of Nevada Reno

 B.S. Agriculture Engineering California State University at Chico

 General Diploma Pyramid Lake High School

Employment:

 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (“PLPT”) Environmental Manager, 2015 to current

 Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Natural Resource Manager, 2013 to 2015

 PLPT Tribal Vice Chairman, 2010 to 2013; and 1995 to 1997

 PLPT Tribal Chairman, 2007 to 2010; and from 1997 to 1999

 PLPT Environmental Director, 2006 to 2007

 PLPT GIS Specialist, 1999 to 2006

 PLPT Director of Water Resources, 1991 to 1997

 Carson Valley Meats Butcher, 1990 to 1991

Qualified Representation:

 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council, 2015 to current

 Pyramid Lake High School Board of Directors, 2015 to current; 2001 to 2002

 Northern Nevada Water Planning Commission, August 2016 to current

 EPA Region 9 Regional Tribal Operations Committee, 2015 to current; Tribal Quality Assurance Working Team Lead, 2016 to current; National Tribal Caucus, 2018 to current

 Nevada Water Resources Association member, 2004 to current

 Non-Native Invasive Species Advisory Committee's Federal-Tribal Coordination Task Team, 2016 to 2017

 Working Group on Culturally Unidentified Native American Human Remains, 1999 to current  Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review Committee, 2009 to 2013

 Nevada Indian Commission American Indian Community Leader of the Year, 2010

 Department of Interior Tribal Interior Budget Council, 2008 to 2013 and 2015

 Department of the Interior Tribal Consultation Team, 2010

 One of 12 tribal leaders to meet with President Obama, 2010

 Indian Health Service National Budget Formulation Workgroup, 2009

 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Gaming Commission, 2003 to 2007

 Pyramid Lake Fisheries Board of Directors, 2000 to 2002