Forest Supervisor, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

William J. Garfield served as Chairman of the Tule River Tribe in 2021 and previously served as Vice Chairman. As Chairman, Garfield’s primary focus is to ensure the long-term stability for the Tribe’s members, government and business enterprises. He has been committed to addressing the COVID-19 crisis and the recent wildfires impacting the Tribe by promoting public safety and taking all actions to protect the Tribe’s giant sequoia groves, sacred sites, and other natural and cultural resources. Under his leadership, the Tribe spearheaded the passage of state legislation that will help all California tribes acquire ancestral lands from local governments. During his tenure on Tribal Council, Garfield has been devoted to overseeing the relocation of the Eagle Mountain Casino, currently scheduled to open on schedule in November of 2022.

Well-known for his community involvement, Garfield has served on several Tribal and community boards, including the Tribe’s Legislative Advisory Board and Tule River Natural Resource Board, the City of Porterville Chamber of Commerce and Fair Board, and the recently established Porterville Area Development Authority.

Garfield earned his degree in Hospitality, Hotel & Restaurant Management from the Community College of Southern Nevada. He enjoys spending time with his family and is a firm supporter of protecting the Tribe’s culture, traditions and Tribal Lands so they may be passed on to future generations.

Areas of Expertise: Tribal governance and leadership; natural and cultural resource protection