Adrian M. Brown is a member of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, located in Alpine, CA — one of the nation’s most respected gaming tribes for its entrepreneurial success and political advocacy of economic sovereignty, and for the example it has set for tribal government businesses throughout the nation.
Brown was born in El Cajon, CA, and raised with his mother’s tribe on the Viejas Indian Reservation in San Diego’s East County. After graduating from Granite Hills High School, he joined the U.S. Army where he served as an M1A1 Tank Driver. He was then deployed to Southwest Asia for the first Persian Gulf Conflict and earned his combat patch from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment. After an honorable discharge in 1993, he attended Haskell Indians Nations University in Lawrence, KS where he studied Telecommunications, with emphasis on Television Production. As a college student, Brown was heavily involved in local and national political issues, lobbying Congress on several Native American and local issues.
After completing the college’s television program, Brown returned to San Diego for a vibrant career in music. His involvement in television production led to handling the promotion and management of artists for almost two decades. He worked with such notables as Sprung Monkey, Funkdoobiest, and the artist who defined his company, reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse — all while staying close to his cultural roots and promoting contemporary, as well as, traditional Native American Music. This combined effort earned him The Musician’s Advocate Award from The American Society of Young Musicians in 2004. He then went on to win the Producers Award for The Red Corn Band’s ‘Still No Good’ album at The Native American Music Awards in 2008. After a successful career in the music business, Brown focused on the future of his tribe and turned his efforts back to politics and public administration.
Brown was elected to the Viejas Tribal Council and took office as Tribal Councilman in 2013. He was recently re-elected for a four year term that began in January of 2015. He has worked to increase the political strength of his tribe and Indian Country; an effort that puts him in the company of some of the country’s most influential leaders on a regular basis. He has also pushed for the social and cultural resurgence of his tribe and Indian Country, economic independence, and environmental concerns, among other issues. As expected, his entertainment roots still surface as he has heavily supported visual and performing arts on behalf of his tribe. “Art is culture: it builds character, instills confidence, and leads to success and confidence within a tribe.”
Brown has been married to Fawn Lily Brown, a member of The Yakama Tribe (WA), since 1996 and, coincidentally, a member of a prominent music, film and political family in Indian Country. They have four children: daughters MorningStorm and MistyEve, and sons Adrian Kenyon and Nijel Lee. The family lives in Alpine, CA on the Viejas Indian Reservation, along with his extended family.