Executive Branch

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis

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Governor Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, "Gu-u-Ki", on the Gila River Indian Community. His parents are Rodney and Willardene Lewis. His paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Roe Blaine and Sally Lewis. His maternal grandparents are the late Willard and Catherine Pratt. Mr. Lewis has a fifteen-year-old son, Daniel Roe Lewis.

Governor Lewis is proud to have attended school from kindergarten to 8th grade on the Gila River Indian Community.

Governor Lewis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science and pursued graduate studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Governor Lewis has long been an advocate for Native American issues nationally. In the area of Indian Education, Mr. Lewis was selected to serve as a Board member for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), and Delegate to the White House Conference on Indian Education.

Governor Lewis has served the Community as a Gaming Commissioner for the Gila River Gaming Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Healthcare Corporation.

Governor Lewis was the first Native film curator for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was an Associate Producer for the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed TBS six-part feature documentary, "The Native Americans."

Governor Lewis has worked on numerous political campaigns and organizing projects throughout Indian Country including Native voter organizing and Native voter protection in 2002 and selected as an Arizona delegate and Co-Chairing the Native American Caucus for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Currently Governor Lewis serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the Executive Board for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Board of Trustee for the Heard Museum of Phoenix.

Lt. Governor Monica Antone


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Monica Lynn Antone will be serving in the 27th Administration as Lt. Governor of the Gila River Indian Community. She is the daughter of the late Edward C. Allison and Lupe C. Hernandez. Her paternal grandparents are the late Edison Allison and Agnes Antone Allison of Upper Santan in District Four. Mrs. Antone is married to Victor Antone, Associate Judge of the Salt River lndian Community. Monica has raised 6 children, Gabriel, Daniel, Michael, Angela, Jessica and Salina and has thirteen grandchildren. Monica values her family and knows it takes a strong foundation of faith in order to bring balance to a family and provide stability.

Monica obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Operations and has studied in the field of Criminal Justice. She has a fifteen-year career working for the Gila River lndian Community. ln 1997, Monica served as a Political intern for the late Governor Mary V. Thomas. This is when she entered into tribal politics. After serving under Governor Thomas' Administration she moved into Supervisory positions in the Department of Corrections and Supervision, Community Services, and Land Use Planning, and Zoning. Then in 2007, she managed projects under the Department of Housing Development providing technical assistance to build 500 newly constructed homes.

Monica has been a strong advocate for Mental Health issues as she has joined a coalition that promotes education and awareness in Suicide Prevention and is a Mental Health First Aide Instructor. She has served on the lra Hayes Women's Auxiliary and has been a member of the Housing Advisory Committee.

ln 2012, Monica was elected as a District Four Council Representative serving her constituency with dedication and addressing the issues by making informed decisions that empowered the people. She served on the Natural Resources Committee and served as the Chairperson for The Cultural Resources Committee. She values protection of land and trust responsibilities.

ln November of 2014, Monica was elected as the Lt. Governor of the Gila River lndian Community. She is the third female to hold that office, following Jennifer Allison and her mentor, Mary Thomas. As Lt. Governor, she will focus on providing quality services to the Community by addressing the concerns of the people as she advocated during her campaign.

In addition, Monica is committed to working effectively with Governor Stephen Lewis and the Tribal Council on behalf of the Community to improve the quality of life for all. Monica is steadfast in her convictions to protect the Community’s Water Rights and to ensure economic growth for future generations to come.

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