Albuquerque, NM – Yesterday, the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The organization, “comprised of the governors of the Indian Pueblos located in the State of New Mexico,” cited Clinton’s experience, her years as an advocate for children, women, and families, her commitment to fulfilling the United States’ government-to-government obligations, and her commitment to breaking down the barriers that face Indian Tribes as their reasons for support.
This adds to a long list of tribal support Hillary Clinton has received in New Mexico:
- All Pueblo Council of Governors
- Ten Southern Pueblos Council
- Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland, (Pueblo of Laguna)
- The Pueblos of Zuni, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, San Felipe, Isleta, and Pojoaque.
- The Navajo Chapters of Bread Springs, Thoreau, Pinedale, Tohatchi, Tse Daa Kaan, Church Rock, and Chilchiltah.
- Vice President of the Navajo Nation Jonathan Nez, State Representative Doreen Wonda Johnson (Navajo Nation), State Representative Georgene Louis (Pueblo of Acoma), State Representative Elect Derrick Lente (Pueblo of Sandia), State Senator Benny Shendo (Pueblo of Jemez)
“Secretary Clinton is a tested leader who shares our values. She has proven through her record that she is committed to serving those who are most in need, and will continue to do so when elected President. I am proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, and glad that the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) has endorsed her, we believe she will be the champion our tribal communities deserve.” – Governor E. Paul Torres, Governor of the Pueblo of Isleta and Chairman of the APCG
“As one of the first tribal leaders to endorse Secretary Hillary Clinton, I believe she will uphold and protect the sacred trust of the United States and Tribal Nations. I know firsthand that Hillary is committed to strengthening the government-to-government relationship with tribes and will continue to work with us to get the hard work done. Secretary Clinton will continue to assist underserved communities like those that exist in native communities across Indian Country. I am honored to stand alongside her with the many Navajo chapters and Native American leaders in Arizona and New Mexico who know she will be a President for the people.” – Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President
“I am proud to support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. She truly believes we need to break down all the barriers that hold Native Americans back and build ladders of opportunity for all Native people. Her entire career she has been a problem solver, she will work tirelessly to remove the obstacles that contribute to addiction, high unemployment and poverty rates in our State. We know with Hillary, every child in New Mexico should be able to live up to his or her God-given potential.” – Governor Earl Salazar, Governor of Okay Owingeh
“Hillary Clinton recognizes the need to nurture the excellent government-to-government relationships that are necessary to include our 23 New Mexico tribes in our country’s successes. Just as President Obama has over the last 8 years, Secretary Clinton will continue meaningful tribal consultation, work to resolve longstanding disputes, advocate for justice, make Veterans issues a priority, and push for significant Indian education policies and youth initiatives to ensure all our tribes move forward into a bright future,” – Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and first Native American elected to lead a state party.