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Military policeman Serrell Smokey new Washoe Tribe chair

Special to First Nation’s Focus
Serrell Smokey was recently sworn in as new chairman of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Serrell Smokey, an active member of the Nevada National Guard’s Military Police who grew up in the Carson Valley, was recently elected as the new chairman of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

Smokey’s military career began as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-04 then served a second deployment in the Middle East during Operation Spartan Shield in 2016-17 with the Military Police.

Smokey is a 2001 graduate of Douglas County High School. He attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas, then later obtained an associate degree in Business Management from Western Nevada College. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Tribal leadership runs on both sides of Mr. Smokey’s family. He follows in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather, Carnegie Smokey Sr., and great-grandfather, William Smokey, both past chairmen of the Washoe Tribe. Further, his maternal great-grandfather, Ted James Sr., and great-uncle, Alvin James, are both past chairmen of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Mr. Smokey was raised in the Dresslerville community, where he currently resides. He is the son of Eric Smokey and Lori Pasqua and the grandson of the late Flora Smokey and Carnegie Smokey Sr. as well as Lana Hicks and Eugene Pasqua.

Smokey was elected to the position of chair of the Washoe Tribe in October. Below is a list of new officers:

Carson Community Chairman: Roger McDonald

Carson Community Vice Chairman: Chad Malone

Tribal Council Vice Chairman & Dresslerville Community Chairman: Rueben Vasquez

Dresslerville Community Vice Chairman: Herman Fillmore

Stewart Community Chairman: Blaine Osorio

Stewart Community Vice Chairman: Darrel Kizer

Woodfords Community Chairman: Irvin Jim

Woodfords Community Vice Chairman: Shannon Guerrero

Off Reservation Representative: Jeanine Bluehorse

Off Reservation Representative: Helen Fillmore

Reno Sparks Representative: Lorraine Keller

Go to to learn more about the Washoe Tribe.


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