Our Founder


Donald Lyons is a member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians located in Banning California. Mr. Lyons retired from a twenty-two year career with the Southern California Gas Company and became an active entrepreneur.

With many years experience in Tribal government and in the development of new businesses for his Tribe, Mr. Lyons was appointed Chairman of the Morongo Tribal Planning Commission and served as the Chair of the Commission for over seven years. During the early days of “Indian Gaming”, Don was an instrumental member of the Tribal Council. The Morongo Tribe has one of California’s finest casino/resort properties. Located on interstate10 near Palm Springs, the Casino became a great success.

Through Mr. Lyons’ leadership, the Tribe was successful in developing many new businesses that now surround the gaming complex. Mr. Lyons has the experience and background to advise and guide NativeOne through the complexities of Tribal Governance and decision-making.

Mr. Lyons  resides on the Morongo Indian reservation in California.