FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2020

Contact: Alicia Ortega, APCG@indianpueblo.org

All Pueblo Council of Governors Congratulates Graduating Class of 2020

The All Pueblo Council of Governors, representing the 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations of New Mexico and Texas, would like to recognize our outstanding members and families of the class of 2020. We congratulate and sincerely thank you for your leadership, hard work, and persistence in fulfilling a milestone in your educational journey — one that continually contributes to the success of your families, your communities, and our people collectively now and generations into the future.

This year’s graduating class is honorably marked by the overcoming of adversity through this unprecedented national crisis. It was foretold that there would be a time where the health and well-being of our communities, nations, and world would be challenged and threatened. It was also foretold that, as each generation has done before, our people would emulate the resilience of our ancestors to persevere against the challenges to Mother Earth, our way of life, our language, our governance, our families, our communities, and all resources gifted to us to sustain us. The strength of our students, families, and educational supporters reaffirming a commitment in continually facing and overcoming the challenges presented by the national COVID-19 crisis has been nothing short of inspirational.

You are all woven into the legacy of all those who came before and sacrificed to achieve success that benefits our communities altogether. Our people have come a long way in our unified struggle to protect what we love most, and yet we have a long way to go.

As you begin the next phase of your journey, we ask for your reflection on the responsibility each of us have to our communities. You are the present and future leaders that will work in the spirit of coordination and cooperation with one another to ensure the continuance and vitality of our communities. Your families, our communities, our nations, and our future generations need you. Your communities will always need your energy and expertise. They need you to bring home knowledge and skills to effectively address and mitigate the challenges we face. This is an important reminder through times of prosperity, but most important in times of challenge and obstacle.

While our current leaders do all we can to fulfill our sacred trust to ensure the protection and preservation of our way of life for our people—this is not always guaranteed. We need new generations of our communities to continue advancing the sovereignty of our people in every way possible from healthcare, to education, to natural resource protection, to taking care of our elders and youth, and everything in between. You all have already started this journey and we pray for your continued strength, faith, and support of one another. We celebrate you and your families in your continued pursuit of your unique visions and passions. Congratulations Class of 2020!

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