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Coyote Valley Tribe - What's with all of the construction?

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians - Hotel construction

By: Kelly Morris, Proposal Manager

Eight projects are in full swing for the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and for the majority of the projects, LACO has proudly been there from the start.  “All of this work is providing economic development for the tribe. Jobs, self-sufficiency, and the housing and community center are going to give families the opportunity to prosper,” expressed Tribal Vice Chairman, Patrick Naredo in a telephone interview with me.  Ten years in the making, LACO has been instrumental in the Tribe’s process and project success.  Naredo continued, “LACO’s team is large and well rounded. We are able to lean on your experts for our most challenging issues and our projects have been challenging to say the least. What I notice with LACO is that everyone works as a team and that is hard to come by. You have pride in your work and go above and beyond. I am extremely happy with LACO. You either have it or you don’t, and LACO has it.” 


According to Naredo, the Tribe anticipates opening the casino in January. A preconstruction meeting for the Water Project was recently held and the contractor was issued a Notice to Proceed, with a projected start of the last week in August. Senior Civil Engineer, Holly Cinkutis, PE added that the wastewater project is in design phase and an electrical engineer will help pull the plans together.  Tribal housing has been delayed based on PG&E easement issues and the exact schedule is to be determined. 


The LACO engineering team keeps kicking “major butt” according to Naredo, who says “LACO has been instrumental in this process. It is huge to be working with a local firm. It is one of the best decisions I have made (hiring LACO), especially Rod Wilburn, PE. I plan on using LACO for all of my civil engineering needs from here on out. The face-to-face meetings and on-site inspections, you can’t get that with out-of-the-area firms. It is key to have engineers out here. When we needed them, they showed up the next day. With out-of-the-area firms, distance is a real problem and not convenient.” 


About Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

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The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized Sovereign Tribal Nation, located in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California, USA. For the purpose of governing, under their own laws, customs and traditions, free from state regulation and control, and for the purpose of establishing a legally recognized Tribal government and secure the rights and powers inherent in their sovereign status, guaranteed to them by the laws of the United States, the Tribe adopted the Document Embodying the Laws, Customs and Traditions of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians as its governing document; the Tribe’s Constitution. In accordance with the Tribe’s Constitution, the powers of the Tribe are divided into three distinct branches: the General Council, the Tribal Council and Tribal Judiciary. The Tribe comprises over 300 members. All persons whose name appears on Tribal Base Roll (adopted October 30, 2012) or are lineal descendants of any person whose name appears on the Tribal Base Roll shall be members of the Tribe provided they have first made application for membership according to the Tribe’s enrollment code. Duly enrolled members 18 years of age and better make up the General Council. Elected from the General Council is a Chief of the General Council and the Tribal Council.


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About Kelly Morris

Kelly MorrisMs. Kelly Morris is the Proposal Manager for LACO Associates. In her first year at LACO, she took the time to learn and understand who LACO really is. Ms. Morris enhanced the focus, strategy, and written language to highlight the firm’s distinctive values and benefits to clients. She has this ability to capture the true essence of LACO and share with others around her. With her direct and clear approach, Ms. Morris has increased the number of clients that are able to benefit from LACO’s services.  


As an education major, she embraces different personality and learning styles to create an engaging and cohesive work environment. With determination and grace, she uses constructive criticism and passion to not only elevate her own work performance but co-workers as well.  Social and outgoing, she networks and builds valuable business and community relationships.