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Voting Rights Advocate Elected Nevada Tribe's 2nd Chairwoman

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The new chairwoman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe hopes to continue her long commitment to increasing tribal members' involvement in elections while addressing the suffering that COVID-19 has brought to her people.

Despite the challenges ahead, Janet Davis told the Reno Gazette-Journal she was excited to be elected to the post last weekend partly because the of the rare opportunity it offers.

She'll become only the second woman elected as the tribe's leader. Davis is a former elementary school teacher for the Washoe County School District. She beat former Chairman Vinton Hawley in the general election by 14 votes.