W. Ron Allen
W. Ron Allen has served as Chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe since 1977 and as its Chief Executive Officer since 1982. He served four years as President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and two years as NCAI First Vice President and ten years as NCAI Treasurer. Ron currently serves as President of the Washington Indian Gaming Association.
As Chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Ron is responsible for representing the tribe as the elected leader and for addressing political and policy issues and/or positions at the national, state and local levels. As its Executive Director, he is responsible for the administration of all the tribe's programs including education, career development, social services, housing, health, economic development, natural resource management, and cultural/traditional affairs. Ron continues to address a wide range of issues that affect the Jamestown S’Klallam people as well as Indian Country as a whole. Ron is responsible for leading the tribe from a zero resource base in 1982 to a current annual budget level of approximately $6 million, and from a landless reservation base in 1982 to a land base of approximately 320 acres -- without federal assistance. Additionally, Ron has helped the tribe establish a diverse array of business enterprises, including a seafood operation, art gallery, real estate and tribal casino. Ron remains passionately driven in the fight to -- first and foremost -- protect tribal sovereignty, treaty rights and governmental responsibilities. (Source: The Institute for Tribal Government and Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe)