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President Diane Enos

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Diane Enos is the 23rd President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the second woman elected to this office. She is the great granddaughter of Jose Anton, one of the leaders for the Pima communities prior to the Indian Reorganization Act. Diane is the first member of the Salt River Indian Community to become a lawyer. Enos practiced in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office for 11 years, leaving as a Senior Trial Attorney upon being elected as president.

Diane served on the Council for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for sixteen years serving four terms prior to being elected President. She was elected to Council while a second-year law student at Arizona State University. She became interested in law and politics while working as a news reporter, covering the proposed Pima Freeway for the "Scottsdale Progress" newspaper. She started law school in 1989, graduated in 1992, and was admitted to the Arizona Bar the same year. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from ASU and planned to pursue a career as an artist. Five of her paintings hang in the Sacaton hospital on the Gila River Indian Community.

Enos is currently the Vice-President of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, the chairwoman of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and has been appointed as the Western Area delegate to the Tribal Justice Advisory group for the U.S. Department of Justice. She is also the current chair of the Domestic Violence Committee for the Maricopa Association of Governments.

Diane has spent her entire professional life in community service, is dedicated to promoting education for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa people and in creating new opportunities for traditional O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) life to flourish within the Community. She avidly supports small business and believes that tribal government has a responsibility to plan for development by creating synergies so all Community members can share in the financial gain. In the near future, she hopes to encourage more small business owners to become vendors, employers and “vision-creators” for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to enhance the social, economic and cultural foundation of the Community.