WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Lynn Malerba, the first female chief of the Mohegan Tribe in modern history, is the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Citizen of the Year.

Malerba’s position is a lifetime appointment. She is also the first Native American Treasurer of the United States, meaning that her signature appears on paper money.

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“I’m very flattered to receive this award,” Malerba said. “I know many people who have received this award in the past, and they have made such a difference in our community, so that I think is very special, and I’m very honored.”

The award goes to a citizen who has made outstanding contributions on behalf of the civic and business community.