Yvonne Avant, not only a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Gaming Authority is also the longest standing Council member with 18 years committed to the leadership of the Tribe. Additionally, she has spent 4 years as a Commissioner with the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs. Taking a 4 year break to represent the Tribe as a Commissioner, Yvonne was honored to do so but said she missed the more intimate, day-to-day, Tribal relationship she had as a Councilmember, thus ran for office and sat on Council again. Yvonne has a BA in Management from U-Mass Boston and many years of experience working with Tribal programs. She spent several years with the Mashpee Indian Education Program in its early years and 6 years working with the Boston Indian Council, now known as NAICOB (Native American Center of Boston) as their Employment and Training Coordinator. At that time she also filled in as weekend counselor at the Tecumseh House, an Alcoholic Rehabilitation Home for Native Americans.