Chairman Marshall McKay leads the elected Tribal Council of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. He began his career in tribal government in 1984 and in January 2012 was re-elected to his third term as Chairman.
Born in Colusa, California, the Chairman grew up in Brooks near his present-day home in the Yocha Dehe tribal community. A cornerstone of his leadership is his commitment to cultural renewal and preservation, a focus he extends into education programs and sustainable land-use practices.
Chairman McKay oversees the day-to-day operations of the tribal government, the Tribe’s Cache Creek Casino Resort and its other business endeavors. He also serves as chair of the Community Fund Board and Cache Creek Casino Resort Board, and is a member of the Fire Commission, Cultural Resources Committee, Property, Farm and Ranch Committee, Maintenance and Operations Committee, the Health and Wellness Committee, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy Board. Prior to being elected Chairman, he served as Tribal Treasurer and Tribal Secretary.
Chairman McKay is a board member of the UC Davis Foundation, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the Native American Rights Fund. He is also chairman of the board of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
He is a founding member and chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and a gubernatorial appointee to the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC). Chairman McKay’s mother—doctor and basket weaver Mabel McKay—was one of the NAHC’s founding commissioners.
Chairman McKay is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Native arts and culture, the affirmation of sovereign tribal governance, and the international effort to protect the rights of all indigenous people. He travels extensively to participate in conferences, summits and fundraisers that support initiatives important to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
Chairman McKay and his wife, Sharon Rogers McKay, are passionate supporters and collectors of contemporary Native art. They enjoy traveling to cultural events, and sharing time with their children and grandchildren.