California Tribal College

Meet Our New Board Members

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Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo

CTC welcomes Attorney Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo to the Board. Sara, the elected Chairwoman of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, is keenly aware of the challenges facing Indian Country. She brings a wealth of experiences to CTC, which will be instrumental to our progress going forward.

Sara is a member of Dentons’ Native American Law and Policy and Federal Regulatory and Compliance and a former staff member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the US Department of Interior. She has advised and supported tribal clients on complex matters involving tribal sovereignty and governance, government-to-government relations and business and economic development, which includes gaming, energy, conventional and bond financing, and tax analysis.

Sara’s litigation experience involves briefing and oral argument in the California superior, federal district and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to and during law school, Sara was a member of the staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Pacific Regional Office where she focused on federal land acquisitions, administration, forestry and fire-related issues.

James Siva

CTC welcomes James Siva to the Board. James serves as the elected Vice Chair for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Cabazon, Calif. Now in his third term on the Morongo Tribal Council, Siva helps advance new economic development opportunities for the tribe and implements tribal policies that guide the 35,000 acre Morongo Indian Reservation.

Siva helped create Tribal Capital Markets, LLC, a New York‐based financial services firm formed by Morongo in 2015 to assist tribes and other clients in achieving economic growth while developing future generations of tribal financial professionals. Siva is also active in efforts to expand Morongo’s retail, service, hospitality and dining offerings along Interstate 10 as part of a master‐planned development that will further diversify and strengthen the tribe’s portfolio of business enterprises. Siva graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity and Race Studies and was the inaugural recipient of Columbia’s Native Alumni Seven Generation Award for Outstanding Community Service.