Regina Cuellar


Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

Regina Cuellar has served as Chairwoman of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (Tribe) for seven years, and has been on the Tribal Council for 11 years.

Her early career was dedicated to her Tribe at the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center. After that, she worked in the Tribe’s Education Department and was a strong advocate for higher education opportunities for Tribal Members.

Her extensive experience in tribal government has been marked by significant contributions to her community and has also taught her innumerable lessons about positive leadership, consensus building and working together for positive outcomes. During her tenure as Chairwoman, the tribe has doubled its land base paving the way for much-needed housing for Tribal Members.

Under her visionary leadership, the Tribe has seen remarkable economic progress. The Tribe  paid off all debt on Red Hawk Resort + Casino, and has built a stunning hotel and entertainment center.  The Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center continues to be a vital resource for the community, offering comprehensive health services for Native and non-Natives alike. The Tribe has established an economic division that operates independently to focus on diversifying and strengthening economic opportunities beyond the gaming industry. This strategic approach ensures sustainable growth and prosperity for the Tribe.

Chairwoman Cuellar is deeply committed to enhancing the quality of life for both the Tribe and the broader communities we serve.  In early 2022, she was elected to the California Tribal College Board of Regents, representing the Central California region. She also holds the position of  board secretary. Later that year, Cuellar was appointed a commissioner on the California Commission on the State of Hate which advises the legislature on ways to better protect civil rights.