A Conversation with Deron Marquez

Native Nations Institute

Native Nations Institute (NNI) Co-founder Stephen Cornell sits down with Deron Marquez, former Tribal Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (1999-2006), to discuss hot topics in Indian Country today. Subjects covered include per capita payments, Tribal disenrollment, education, economic development and more. This interview took place at the NNI Studio during January in Tucson (JIT) 2024 where Marquez delivered a guest lecture as part of the annual JIT Speaker Series at the UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, Arizona. January in Tucson is the annual flagship masters-level education event for the UArizona Indigenous Governance Program, which operates as a partnership between NNI and the College of Law's Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program.

Resource Type

Native Nations Institute. "A Conversation with Deron Marquez". (2024). Interview. YouTube.com. Accessed on June 25, 2024 https://youtu.be/gG2bMBUxxbk?si=lkzj_yoDa8JaCXHy

Transcripts for all videos are available by request. Please email us: nni@arizona.edu.

Related Resources

Thumbnail or cover image
The Ya Ne Dah Ah School (Chickaloon): Melding Traditional Teachings with Modern Curricula

For many generations, education in American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities has been controlled by sources external to the communities and the people themselves. Large bureaucratic agencies, such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) or public school systems overseen…


Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman Deron Marquez reflects on his experience as the chief executive of his nation, from his unexpected return to the reservation to building a sustainable economy essentially from scratch.

Indian Country Today Article

For many Indian families, tribal per capita payments help meet their most basic needs. They buy food, pay heating bills, make car payments, and open savings accounts. As a Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians leader explains, per capita monies have given historically impoverished Indian…