Cheryl Andrews-Maltais is the Chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah. The Tribe is located on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. They are known as The People of The First Light. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has been Federally Recognized for 25 years. In addition to being Chairwoman of the Tribal Council she is also Chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Corporation (AWGC). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) and the Tribal Cultural and Historic Commission.
Mrs Maltais was elected to her position as Chairwoman with over 30 years of involvement and experience in Indian Country and Indian issues. Cheryl has earned the respect and friendship of Tribal Leaders, Federal, State and Local Agencies and Tribal Members from many other Nations. An active Tribal Member all of her life, she is an advocate for Tribal rights and sovereignty.
As the elected leader of her Tribe, she is responsible for the overall wellbeing of her Tribe’s traditional, cultural and governmental health and wellbeing. She is also charged with the responsibility of leading her Nation towards economic self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Cheryl also brings to her position extensive experience in several areas of business; from business administration to sales and marketing. She worked in Boston, MA for over 10 years in various managerial positions including the mortgage banking industry and a professional management, motivation and performance evaluation company. She was also the New England Regional Sales Manager for a national logistics company for 10 years before moving to the Island in 1999 to work for the Tribe.
Cheryl was appointed to Tribal Council in February 1999 and served until December 2000. She began working for the Tribe full time in January 2001 as the Personnel Director. Then in July 2004 she was selected for the position of Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. As the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer she protected and preserved the Tribe’s and Nation’s cultural past, by asserting Tribal Nations’ rights under all applicable Federal Laws, Statutes, Regulations and Executive Orders. She has been an invited speaker, lecturer and trainer on the subject matter of historic preservation and government to government consultation. She was subsequently elected as Chairwoman in November 2007 and is currently serving in her second term as Chairwoman.
Before taking office, Cheryl previously served on her Tribe’s:
Budget and Finance Committee
Economic Development Committee
Wampanoag Aquinnah Shellfish Hatchery Board (WASH)
Land Use Committee as Chairwoman
Tribal Gaming Negotiating Board
The Tribal Enterprise Board (TEB)
United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Culture and Heritage Committee as Chairwoman
United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Administration Committee as Chairwoman
In Cheryl’s current capacity she continues working towards identifying opportunities for economic development and Tribal economic self sufficiency. She continues to advocate for Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Cultural Preservation.
Cheryl has been married to her husband Daniel Maltais for 19 years. Together they have a daughter Samantha Maltais.