Coyote Economic Development Corporation

On January 7, 2010, the Tribal Council petitioned the Secretary of Interior to issue a federal charter of incorporation to the Tribe.  They sought to establish Coyote Economic Development Corporation, a business corporation as authorized by Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act.  The Coyote Valley Tribal Council found that the formation of a federal charter of incorporation would serve in the best interests of the Tribe, its members, and its enterprises and would protect the political integrity, economic security and health and welfare of the Tribe and its members by, among other things. A corporate charter creates a legal structure which provides for the segregation of Tribal governmental assets and liabilities from Tribal business assets, liabilities, and creates a legal structure which provides for the segregation of discrete corporation assets and liabilities into separate corporation subdivisions, without divesting either the corporation or the Tribe of the privileges and immunity arising pursuant to their legal status under federal and Tribal law.

On April 4, 2011 the federal charter of incorporation was approved by the Department of Interior.






Michael Hunter

Executive Chair Hunter

Michael Hunter brings unique work experiences to the Coyote Valley Tribe. He previously served as a Tribal Council member and as the General Manager of two nearby casinos. These experiences provided Mr. Hunter with valuable insight into the common operational deficiencies affecting Tribal governments and businesses, as well as the practical skills to implement remedies for the benefit of his Tribe.

Patrick Naredo

Executive Vice Chair Naredo

Patrick Naredo is the Vice Chairman of the Tribe, sits on the Coyote Valley Retail Enterprises (CVRE) as the Treasurer and is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coyote Valley Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO). As part of the leadership team of the Tribe, Mr. Naredo has played a pivotal role in the recent initiatives of the Tribe to increase productivity. Mr. Naredo has served on the Tribal Council for approximately nine years and brings a heightened level of stability and institutional knowledge to the leadership team.

Candace Gonzalez

Executive Secretary Gonzalez

Candace Gonzalez is currently serving her third term as the Tribal Council Secretary. She started her lifelong passion working for and with her Tribe at the young age of 12 years old.  By attending and participating in annual United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conferences held around the Country, she was exposed to many avenues of opportunity in obtaining education and leadership. These opportunities propelled her passion to make Native Youth a priority and to help all Native’s people as well as her own at home.

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Executive Treasurer Jaynes

Kelli Jaynes currently serves as Executive Treasurer for the CEDCO Board of Directors. She has been actively involved in the development, inception and daily business of the Tribe’s Section 17 Corporation (CEDCO) and is at the forefront of the Tribe’s economic development efforts. As the Executive Treasurer for CEDCO she has played a vital role in stabilizing the gaming enterprise by setting financial benchmarks and goals, which ultimately changed the face of the enterprise.

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Director Hunter

Melinda Hunter was born in Ukiah, California on December 8, 1968 to Priscilla and Michael Hunter Sr. She has lived in the Ukiah/Redwood Valley area for most of her life. She moved onto the Coyote Valley Reservation in 1987.

One of her lifelong interests has always been her Pomo Culture. She participates in many cultural events by singing and dancing in the tradition of her ancestors.

John Feliz Sr.

Director Feliz

As a member of the Coyote Economic Development Corporation, Director Feliz serves the board to enhance the economic self-sufficiency of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. He has over 15 years of experience working within the Tribal Community. Prior to taking on leadership functions with the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Mr. Feliz worked for Louisiana Pacific Corporation for 17 years.




Michael Hunter, Chairman

Patrick Naredo, Vice-Chairman

Candace Gonzalez, Secretary

Kelli Jaynes, Treasurer

Richard Campbell Jr., Member

Melinda Hunter, Member

John Feliz Sr., Member


Michael Hunter, Executive Director

Patrick Naredo, Executive Treasurer

Ghazal Mahdavian, Executive Secretary


Michael Hunter, President

Patrick Naredo, Treasurer

Melinda Hunter, Secretary


Michael Hunter, Executive Director

Patrick Naredo, Executive Treasurer

Candace Gonzalez, Executive Secretary


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