John Christman serves as Tribal Chairman for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in Southern California. Christman’s experience as a tribal leader dates back to 1991 when he was first elected to Tribal Council as Vice Chairman at the age of 21. He subsequently served as Treasurer from 2001 – 2010.

Christman understands that a solid foundation of leadership starts with the support of the tribal council as well as the confidence of the Viejas general membership, he recognizes that political and financial sovereignty are essential for continued development of a diversified economy for the Viejas Tribe.

His management and leadership experience spans two decades through various roles and responsibilities within the operation such as Purchasing Manager, Project Manager, Finance, Cash Ops, and Facilities Manager.

He is committed to maintaining cultural integrity as a dedicated and talented traditional Kumeyaay singer and continues to help tribal members from all around stay connected to Native American history and culture. He has devoted much of his spare time teaching Kumeyaay song and dance at DQ University, offering language and culture class at Manzanita as well as Peon and culture classes at Pauma. He enjoys watching his daughters compete in the California Jr. Rodeo Association while reminiscing on his days as a competitive team roper. Christman has been married to his beautiful wife Marla since 2010 and is the proud father of five children: Phillip, Raven, Dylan, Rylee, & Emma Jo. He resides with his wife and two youngest children on the Viejas Indian Reservation and looks forward to serving the Viejas Tribe for many years to come.


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