Gene Whitehouse serves as Chairman of the United Auburn Indian Community and has held this position since January 2013.
Gene Whitehouse serves as Chairman of the United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC), a position he has held since January 2013. Prior to his election, Chairman Whitehouse served two years as Tribal Secretary and six years as Council Member at Large.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thunder Valley Casino Resort, one of the largest and most successful casinos in the nation, and he played an active management role in the 2010 casino/hotel expansion.
During his tenure, Chairman Whitehouse has been actively involved in advancing the academic success of his Tribe's youth by serving as a member of the United Auburn Indian Community School Board. He has also been a dedicated advocate of the Tribe's Elder Center and the preservation of cultural resources.
Chairman Whitehouse has traveled to Washington, D.C. and throughout California to promote cooperative and constructive relationships between tribal governments and California State and local governments. He is known for his advocacy for the preservation of Native American cultural sites and his opposition to off-reservation casinos.
Under his leadership, the United Auburn Indian Community has diversified its investments beyond casino gaming in order to protect the long term interests of the Tribal members.
Prior to joining the UAIC Tribal Council, Chairman Whitehouse was employed with AT&T Corporation and Lucent Technologies for 25 years and served as Warehouse Manager for Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Chairman Whitehouse is a member of the Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council.
Chairman Whitehouse resides in Penryn, California with his wife Roberta and maintains his family's home on the old Auburn Rancheria, the ancestral home to members of his Tribe.