Vivian Juan-Saunders

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Vivian Juan-Saunders
Chairman of the Tohono O'odham
In office
June 3, 2003 – August 3, 2007
Vice President Ned Norris Jr. (2003-2006)
Preceded by Edward Manuel
Succeeded by Ned Norris Jr.
Personal details
Born 1960

Vivian Juan-Saunders (born?) is an American tribal leader who became the first woman to lead the Tohono O'odham Nation of southern Arizona in 2003. She served as Chairwoman of the Tohono O'odham from 2003 until 2007.[1]

Juan-Saunders is the former vice president at Tohono O'odham Community College, which is located in Sells, Arizona.[2]

In 1999, Juan-Saunders, together with running mate Ned Norris, Jr., challenged incumbent Tohono O'odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel for the chairmanship in the executive election.[2] Manuel defeated Juan-Saunders to win a second term in office.[2]

Juan-Saunders once again challenged Manuel in 2003, in a rematch of the 1999 race.[2] She was elected the Chairwoman of the Tohono O'odham nation in the May 24. 2003, tribal election, with Ned Norris, Jr. as her running mate.[1] She defeated incumbent Tohono O'odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel, who had held the office since 1995, with 59% of the popular vote while carrying eight of the eleven electoral districts.[2] In doing so, she became the first woman to lead the Tohono O'odham.[1]

Juan-Saunders was officially inaugurated as Chairwoman of the Tohono O'odham nation on Monday, June 3, 2003, by Tohono O'odham chief justice Betty Norris.[3] A larger ceremonial inauguration was later held on June 27, 2003, at Baboquivari High School in Topawa, Arizona.[2] Norris, her running mate, served as the vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham until his resignation in June 2006.[1]

Vivian Juan-Saunders was defeated for re-election in May 2007 by her former running mate, Ned Norris, Jr., who received 1,766 of the 3,105 total votes cast in the election.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tohono O'odham Nation elects new chairman". Associated Press. News From Indian Country. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Barber, D.A. (2003-12-04). "The New Boss". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  3. ^ "First Woman Leads Tohono O'odham". Associated Press. The Daily Courier. 2003-06-03. Retrieved 2011-02-05.