Tribal Government


Current Elected Leadership of the Blue Lake Rancheria


Claudia Brundin, Chairperson
Arla Ramsey, Vice Chairperson
Jason Ramos, Councilmember
Dorothy McKinnon, Councilmember
Art Ramsey, Secretary/Treasurer

Dating back to its formation in 1908, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has been fortunate to have consistently strong, duly-elected leadership.

Claudia Brundin | Chairperson

Claudia Brundin is the Chairperson of the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, providing strong leadership that has spanned re-election over three decades. Her father, Oscar E. Brundin, also served as Chairperson in his day. Claudia steers the Tribe and the Business Council in the course of fulfilling governmental responsibilities. Passionate about effective government operations, Claudia serves on many civic committees and partners with many other organizations to improve the most important issues impacting Indian Country. Prior to serving the Tribe in elected office, Claudia’s early career was in healthcare and hospitality operations. She worked at St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County, for over 30 years. Claudia’s professional education is in business administration and she has spent the majority of her life on the Blue Lake Rancheria’s tribal lands.

Arla Ramsey | Vice Chairperson

Arla Ramsey currently serves the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe as its Vice Chairperson and Tribal Administrator. Prior to assuming tribal government work full-time, Arla worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over nine years as a nature guide, fire-fighter, and heavy-equipment operator, among other responsibilities. Before entering the Forest Service, Arla spent several years reorganizing the Tribe following federal reinstatement. And prior to this reorganization work, for eight years Arla owned and operated a children’s daycare business for community residents. In addition to these positions, Arla and former Chairperson Sylvia Daniels led the twenty-five year political and legal fight for successful reinstatement in 1983 of Blue Lake Rancheria as a federally-recognized tribe. Arla holds a variety of professional certifications, including: Pepperdine University, The Graziadio School of Business and Management: Transit/Paratransit Management Program; College of the Redwoods: Penal 832 / Firearms, and Tribal Court Law and Justice; The Falmouth Institute: Contracting Officer’s Representative, Record Management, Tribal Self-Governance, Law for the Tribal Council, NAHASDA Training; Council Lodge Institute: Basic Indian Law; Training Services Association: Housing Construction Inspection and Cost Estimating; National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities: Assessing Wastewater Options; Bill Helmich Associates: Grants and Contracts Law and Management, Drug and Alcohol Testing, OMB Circulars: A-102, A-87, A133, Environmental Law for Tribes, Employee Rights and Labor Laws; Three Feathers Associates: Title VI Training and Technical Assistance, Management, Nutrition, Supportive Services; California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.: Final rules for P.L. 93-638; California Specialized Training Institute: Hazardous Materials Course, First Responder Awareness; Rural Community Assistance Corp.: Creative Solutions: Moving Rural Communities into the 21st Century; Johnson Associates: Design and Development of Indirect Cost Proposals for Tribal Organizations; Pesticide Applicators Assoc.: Pesticide Applications; I.H.A. Management Systems: NAHASDA Grant Implementation (HUD); Development Consultants: Tribal Environment, Health, Safety & Natural Resources’ Damages Issues; ICF Consulting, Sponsored by HUD: (Office of Native American Programs Training Institute Course) Native Economic Development Guidance and Empowerment. Arla is also a certified tribal judge, and experienced in mediation, arbitration, and interpretation of tribal law. In recognition of her nation-building efforts, Arla has received the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Humanitarian Award, among other accolades.

Jason Ramos | Councilmember

Jason serves the Blue Lake Rancheria (BLR) as Tribal Councilmember and Chairman of the BLR Gaming Commission, the Tribe’s regulatory division. Jason works to advance tribal strategy, policy, programs, and investments in infrastructure and economic enterprise, and collaborates with other tribes, federal, state, and local governments and agencies to apply continual improvements to these lifeline sectors and frameworks. Jason is the tribal government liaison for matters of education, energy, and sustainability. In addition to his roles for the Tribe, Jason upholds many volunteer commitments. His contributions have strengthened tribal sovereignty, improved education, accelerated climate action, and spurred economic development, while finding solutions that work within larger community/stakeholder contexts. Jason has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA), and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic (San Jose, CA).

Select Community Involvement

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Indian Country Energy and
    Infrastructure Working Group
  • North Coast Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Tribal
  • Humboldt State University President’s Native American
    Advisory Council
  • Tribal-State of California Regulators Association,
    Committee Member
  • Blue Lake Education Foundation, Board Member
  • Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation, past
    Board Chair
  • National Indian Gaming Commission Technical Advisory
    Committee – past appointee

Select Recognition

  • DistribuTECH and PowerGrid
    “Renewable Energy Project of the Year” 2018 (BLR)
  • FEMA “John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness
    Award” 2017 (BLR)
  • U.S. Marine Corps Designation as “Double Platinum
    Sponsor” Toys for Tots 2017 (BLR)
  • First Runner Up, Renewable Energy World/Power
    Engineering “Renewable Energy Project of 2017” (BLR)
  • Finalist, S&P Global Platts Energy Award
    “Commercial Application of the Year” 2017 (BLR)
  • Hospitality & Tourism Business of the Year, Arcata
    Chamber of Commerce 2017 (BLR)
  • White House and U.S. Dept. of Energy “Climate Action
    Champion” 2015-2016 (BLR)
  • Pacific Gas and Electric “Integration Award” 2014 (BLR)
  • Humboldt State University Kinesiology Endowment (for
    biomechanics/human performance laboratories) 

Art Ramsey | Secretary/Treasurer

Art Ramsey currently serves the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe as Secretary/Treasurer. His duties include ensuring compliance with administrative regulations. In addition to his roles for the Business Council, Art serves as cultural liaison for the tribe within the region. Prior to serving the tribe full-time, Art worked for Simpson Timber Company as a logger and hook tender. Upon retirement after 30 years with Simpson, Art managed landscaping for the Rancheria community. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Art served as a submariner, and was honorably discharged from service in 1964. Prior to embarking upon his 30 year timber career with Simpson, Art worked as a logger in the wilds of the islands off the Alaskan coastline. An avid fisherman, Art has spent the majority of his life on the Blue Lake Rancheria’s tribal lands.

Dorothy McKinnon | Member-At-Large

Dorothy McKinnon is a widely revered and highly respected Tribal Elder who serves on the Business Council as Member at Large. Dorothy also serves on the Tribal Gaming Commission and works with the Commission Chairman to ensure operations are in compliance. Prior to working on tribal interests, Dorothy began her career in the logging industry, and worked for many years in operations and administration. Dorothy is a highly-skilled traditional basketry artist, and also contributes to the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe’s preservation of this art form by teaching her skills to others. In addition to her regulatory duties, Dorothy is involved in the development and maintenance of elderly health and welfare initiatives and cultural education, and serves as a cultural ambassador and goodwill representative for the Tribe at various proceedings and events. Dorothy has lived on Tribal lands most of her life.

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BLR Tribal
Government Office:

TEL: 707.668.5101
FAX: 707.668.4272

(for U.S. Postal Service):

Blue Lake Rancheria
PO BOX 428

(for FedEx, UPS):

Blue Lake Rancheria