Tribal sovereignty enables the right for the Pueblo to govern itself as a federally recognized tribe. Santa Clara Pueblo operates under a tribal constitution which allows for the annual elections of the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Tribal Sheriff, Tribal Treasurer, Tribal Secretary and Tribal Interpreter.
The elected officials are concerned with the civil and business issues within the Pueblo and the relations with the non-Pueblo communities, to include working relationships with federal, state, and local agencies.
In addition, the Governor and Lt. Governor have oversight of all tribal programs and employees and operations, such as tribal courts, gaming, utilities, and tribal taxes and directly supervises the tribal administrators.
2024 Elected Officials
Governor J. Michael Chavarria
Lt. Governor Charles Matthew Sisneros
Tribal Sheriff Donald Suazo
Tribal Treasurer Kathleen Gutierrez-Naranjo
Tribal Interpreter George Gutierrez
Tribal Secretary Madeline Naranjo