Tobias Vanderhoop, who resigned last year as tribal administrator, won election as tribal chairman Sunday, defeating Cheryl Andrews-Maltais in her attempt at a third term.
According to a statement issued by Mr. Vanderhoop, 258 people voted at the tribal administration building in Aquinnah. A total of 165 tribal members voted for Mr. Vanderhoop, while 91 voted for Ms. Andrews-Maltais.
“I extend my sincere thanks to Chairwoman Maltais for the passion she has for our people and the dedication she has shown to protect the rights of our tribe,” Mr. Vanderhoop wrote in the statement. “Our journey has only begun. We need our people to continue to return home, engage, and provide direction to our tribal leadership so we can work together toward shared goals.”
Mr. Vanderhoop has served in a variety of tribal government and cultural posts. In 2008, he received a masters degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Until his resignation last November he worked for Ms. Andrews-Maltais as administrator for the tribe. He is currently chief administrator of the tribe’s judicial system and works for his uncle’s drywall company.
by Steve Myrick