James Kinter

In January 2018, James Kinter was elected to his third term as Tribal Secretary of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. He has served on the Tribal Council since 2009 and was first elected Secretary in 2012. 

Secretary Kinter has worked on behalf of Yocha Dehe in various capacities for more than 15 years. He serves as Chairman of the Fire Commission and the Tribe’s Property, Farm & Ranch Committee as well as Secretary of the Doyuti T’uhkama Board. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee and has been a member of numerous other committees; Facilities & Infrastructure, Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy Board of Trustees, Cache Creek Casino Resort Board and Young Adult Assistance Program (YAAP).

Secretary Kinter was appointed to the Fire Commission in 2003, and has served as Chairman since 2009. As the only tribal fire department in the nation to earn international accreditation, he has overseen the accreditation process in 2010 and again in 2015. The accreditation program is designed to help departments achieve the highest global standards in fire service.

First appointed to the Property, Farm & Ranch Committee in 2003, Secretary Kinter has served as Chairman since 2006, and helped lead the development of the Tribe’s Séka Hills brand which includes estate grown varietal wines, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, honey, beef products, and the Séka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room. As a leader of the Tribe’s farming operations, he is committed to building strong regional agricultural partnerships.

Secretary Kinter knows Yocha Dehe’s future rests with its youth. He taught a Patwin history class at the Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy, and is committed to continuing education. Secretary Kinter actively encourages young citizens to get involved, have a voice, and become leaders. He is a strong advocate of the California Tribal College and supports its mission to help Native students succeed as future business and tribal leaders.