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We are the 20 Governors of the sovereign Pueblo nations of New Mexico and Texas, vested in making life better for all our Pueblo people and ensuring that those yet to be born have the same opportunity to experience our customs and traditions just as previous generations have been blessed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2021

Sherrie Catanach, Public Relations Coordinator

Indian Affairs Department

505-469-7599

Sherrie.catanach2@state.nm.us

COVID-19 Vaccination and Food Distribution Event at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD), in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), First Nations Community Healthsource, Thornburg Foundation, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC), All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), and MoGro, will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination and food distribution drive-thru event. This free event will take place at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, with the first dose on Saturday, March 20th, and the second dose on Saturday, April 17th, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

Vaccines are available by appointment and advance registration only. Call 505-278-5970 to make an appointment. Phone lines open at 8:00 AM. The clinic is open to urban Native Americans who are 18 years and older, and available for both vaccination dates. Please do not call to register if you are under the age of 18, have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or if you have had a vaccine in the last two weeks.

“We are thankful to all of our partners for stepping up and leading this effort and bring this much-needed vaccine to our Native relatives in Albuquerque,” said IAD Secretary Lynn Trujillo. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to register for their vaccine as soon as possible.”

“The very mission of public health is to ensure that people – all people – live in good health,” said DOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. “We are humbled to have this opportunity to provide vaccination against COVID-19 and begin to bring an end to the loss this virus has caused for so many.”

“CSVANW is humbled to take part in this important event that is bringing our communities closer to safety. It is not lost on the Coalition that tribal communities are leading the state of New Mexico in Covid-19 recovery efforts, and our organization is honored to be a part of bringing our People one step closer to recovery,” said CSVANW Executive Director Angel Charley.

“This is the first event of its kind in the state, and it is due to the cooperation of partners, both public and private. These partners have the same vision to serve the underserved with vaccines, food, and PPE. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is honored to host this event on our campus,” said IPCC Vice President of Cultural & Community Engagement Beverlee McClure.

“We are humbled by the outpouring of support for Native Americans living in Albuquerque. In the spirit of generosity and kindness organizations have moved quickly knowing that lives are at stake for those who experience food insecurity and still in need of COVID-19 vaccinations. The All Pueblo Council of Governors is truly appreciative of this community effort to serve our most vulnerable populations,” said APCG Chairman Wilfred Herrera, Jr. (Pueblo of Laguna) and Secretary David M. Toledo (Pueblo of Jemez).

“First Nations Community HealthSource is very pleased to partner in this important community event. The urban Indian community has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Events such as this are critical venues for increasing access to needed vaccinations to decrease risks among Native communities,” said First Nations Community Healthsource CEO Linda Son-Stone.

“In just a few weeks, state agency leaders and non-profit leaders put together this remarkable event to help meet urgent food needs and offer life-saving vaccines for urban Native Americans. The Thornburg team is honored to support this remarkable public/private collaboration with grant funding and volunteers. We hope this type of event could become a model for other communities in our state,” said Thornburg Foundation Executive Director Allan Oliver.

“We are all relieved to see vaccination events taking place in our communities. It is a sign that we are taking care of each other, that public health matters to all of us. Pairing this with good, healthy food makes the strong statement that food is central to how we take care of each other and central to public health,” said MoGro Executive Director Josh Norman

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March 15, 2021

Contact: Teran Villa, tvilla@indianpueblo.org

All Pueblo Council of Governors Celebrates Historic Senate Confirmation of Representative Deb Haaland as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Interior

Albuquerque, N.M. – The All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) celebrates a watershed moment in our country’s history as the United States witnesses Deb Haaland’s historic Senate confirmation to become the first Indigenous person to serve as cabinet secretary in a presidential administration.

In November of 2020, APCG joined Tribal Nations and leaders throughout the country in urging then President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to appoint Representative Haaland as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. APCG knew that Representative Haaland, an Indigenous woman from the Pueblos of Laguna and Jemez, had the qualifications and experience to fulfill their plan to “Build Back Better” and to carry forward their “Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations.”

“We applaud the U.S. Senate for confirming Secretary Deb Haaland to lead the Department of Interior. This confirmation is a defining moment for Indigenous peoples not only in the United States but around the world. Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of our lands, waters, skies, and of all living beings. Secretary Haaland’s leadership of the Interior Department provides a long-overdue opportunity to strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship and help our nation swing the pendulum on our most pressing indigenous and environmental justice issues,” shared APCG Chairman Wilfred Herrera, Jr., former Governor of Laguna Pueblo.

APCG Secretary David M. Toledo, former Governor of Jemez Pueblo also commented: “Madam Secretary, APCG applauds your leadership, your dedication, your grit, and your courage at this historic moment. All Pueblo people, and women in particular, will find inspiration in your journey and your passion to serve. This moment will be remembered as an example that no glass ceiling is unbreakable.”

The APCG looks forward to celebrating Secretary Haaland’s historic accomplishment through a virtual celebration in the coming weeks. The APCG Youth Committee, led by Pueblo young women will organize the event. We invite the New Mexico Congressional Delegation and Representative Sharice Davids to join other dignitaries and guests for this joyful event.

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The All Pueblo Council of Governors Mission is to advocate, foster, protect and encourage the social, cultural, and traditional well-being of our Pueblo Nations. Through our inherent and sovereign rights, we will promote language, health, economic and educational advancement of all Pueblo people. For more information, please visit:https://www.apcg.org

All Pueblo Council of Governors Urges Senate Confirmation of Interior Secretary- Nominee Debra Haaland and Election of a Native Candidate for CD 1 Special Election

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) joins Tribal Nations and organizations from across the country in celebrating Congresswoman Debra Haaland’s selection this afternoon as Secretary of the Interior by President-elect Joe Biden.

“The appointment of Deb Haaland, a Pueblo woman with impressive credentials and deep community roots, is long-overdue and incredibly emotional for Pueblo people,” said APCG Chairman Wilfred Herrera Jr., “As the leaders of the 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations we respectfully call upon every member of the Senate to confirm Secretary-designate Haaland and usher in a new era in our country’s nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people.”

Last month, the APCG voted to join Tribal Nations throughout the country in supporting Congresswoman Haaland’s appointment to lead a department that was established 150 years ago with one of its responsibilities to maintain the federal government’s trust obligations to tribal nations. As the first Native American to be appointed as a cabinet secretary in the history of our nation, her appointment demonstrates the incoming administration’s commitment to the “Biden-Harris plan for Tribal Nations” and will ensure that the voices of tribal nations are rightfully considered at the highest levels of government.

Our Pueblo Nations are extremely appreciative and grateful for Congresswoman Haaland’s service and leadership during her time in Congress,” said APCG Secretary David Toledo, “we believe that the State of New Mexico and Congressional District 1 would best be served by ensuring that another strong Native American is elected to take Congresswoman Haaland’s seat.”

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The All Pueblo Council of Governors Mission is to advocate, foster, protect and encourage the social, cultural, and traditional well-being of our Pueblo Nations. Through our inherent and sovereign rights, we will promote language, health, economic and educational advancement of all Pueblo people. For more information, please visit: https://www.apcg.org/

Contact: Teran Villa, tvilla@indianpueblo.org

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To advocate, foster, protect and encourage the social, cultural, and traditional well-being of our Pueblo Nations. Through our inherent and sovereign rights, we will promote language, health, economic and educational advancement of all Pueblo people.

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