Vincent Armenta resigned from his post as tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians on Thursday to pursue a culinary arts degree.
“I have always enjoyed cooking, but it’s been a lifetime dream to delve further into the culinary arts and enhance my talents in this area,” Armenta said in a statement.
Armenta has served as chairman since December 1999 and been reelected every year to the tribe’s top post.
“Nearly 17 years ago, when I first became tribal chairman, I was a young man who had no tribal government experience, but what I did have was a strong desire to work on behalf of my tribe to take us to the next level and position our tribe for a better future,” Armenta said. “I believe I have done that.”
The tribe’s vice chairman Kenneth Kahn will take over on an interim basis.
“Under chairman Armenta’s leadership, our tribe has traveled further than any of us ever thought possible,” Kahn said. “He led our tribe from relative obscurity to being one of the most visible and dynamic tribes in the nation. I am grateful for all that he has done for our tribe and wish him the best.”
Armenta was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree.
interesting...tired of all the tribal bs?
I wonder what he is hiding by leaving in such haste? Maybe Little Big Macarro will follow suit and go to barber college. Or rodeo clown school maybe.
Well good luck to you Mr. Armenta if you have acted in an honorable and just way then I pray that your successor do so as well. Let your people not be like those who have chosen the wide road and are now leading their people to destruction.
Robert Smith is helping Rincon with disenrollment
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