For Immediate Release:
Monday, June 25, 2018

Arlan D. Melendez, Chairman of Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Endorses Aaron Ford for Attorney General

Las Vegas, Nev. — Today, Arlan D. Melendez, Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and longtime leader of Nevada’s Native American community, announced his endorsement of Aaron Ford in his campaign to become Nevada’s next attorney general. 

“As a proud member of Nevada’s Native American community, I am honored to endorse Aaron Ford for Attorney General,” said Melendez. “The Native American community is a critical force in Nevada’s economy, history, and culture. We deserve an Attorney General who understands the special political status of Tribes in Nevada, as well as the unique challenges Tribal members face. I am confident that Aaron Ford will be a great Attorney General for Native Americans in Nevada.”

“I am grateful for the endorsement of a Nevada leader like Chairman Arlan Melendez,” said Aaron Ford. “Chairman Melendez has been a powerful force for good in Nevada, and I am honored to have his friendship. As Nevada’s next Attorney General, I will work with Tribal representatives such as Chairman Melendez to protect all Nevada families.”

Chairman Melendez has held the highest elected position at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony for over 26 years. The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony was established in 1938, about 80 years ago, and consists of 1,343 members from three Great Basin Tribes: the Paiute, the Shoshone and the Washoe. 

Chairman Melendez was first elected to the Tribal Council in 1987, and Melendez has served as treasurer and vice-chairman of his tribe. Under his direction, the Colony has maintained a strong and fiscally sound government. 

As a leader of the Native American community, Chairman Melendez has served on many national and state committees, including the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the National Congress of American Indians, the U.S. Health and Human Services’ National Tribal Advisory Committee, the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, and is the past president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada. 

Chairman Melendez served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. He graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College and attended the University of Nevada. He lives on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony with his wife Joyce. They have four grown children.

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