Protecting the Sacred Trust A Gathering of Tribal & Community Voices

Date: Jul 30, 2021

Where: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Courtyard 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

About the Event:


JULY 30TH 2021 - 10am

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Courtyard

2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104Albuquerque NM


The All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) calls upon the State of New

Mexico to end systemic racism for Native students in the state’s public schools. In a resounding

voice, the Pueblo Governors say Native children are the key to maintaining our Indigenous

cultures, languages, and traditional ways of life both now and into the future. Tribal leaders

believe that systemic racism in public schools today is tied to the history of boarding schools

established across the country to intentionally kill the cultural identity of Native children. They

contend that public education policies of forced assimilation have been used historically to that

end and still affects tribal communities and their children today.

“The New Mexico legislature and public education policymakers need to know that a strong

cultural identity is important for our children’s academic progress. In addition to math, reading,

science and the arts, our children need to know about their history, traditions, Native languages,

and tribal laws,” said APCG Chairman Wilfred Herrera. “The Legislative Education Study

Committee has a responsibility to shift the paradigm and that begins by removing its

controversial Director.”

To improve the educational outcomes for Native children, the tribes insist the state must invest in

the Tribal Remedy Framework, a comprehensive set of recommendations and solutions

developed by tribal advocates and education experts in response to the historic Yazzie/Martinez

lawsuit. Democratic Representative Derrick Lente of Sandia Pueblo has led the way by

persistently introducing legislation the past three sessions using the Tribal Remedy Framework

as the basis.

“My constituents, who come from communities of color, are demanding nothing less than

excellence in education,” said Rep. Lente. “They are tired of seeing their children at the bottom

on state and national rankings. It’s time for a change because our children deserve it.”

Tribal leaders say they have an inherent obligation to protect their children and communities--

that Sacred Trust must be upheld. Acoma Pueblo Governor Brian Vallo said, “We have a chance

to bend history, to make it different, to create change, so that our future generations of Native

children have it better than we do. It will take acts of courage and a collective belief that the

history of Native People will be shaped by what we do today.”

The All Pueblo Council of Governors invites members of the media to a press conference

on Friday July 30th at 10 am at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on 12th St. in

Albuquerque, NM. This gathering is an unprecedented coming together of tribal leaders,

legislators, education advocates, leaders of major organizations, advocacy groups, and

community members who will be attending this event.

Press Contacts

Jonathan Sims – (505) 681-4009,

Teran Villa – (505) 301- 9062

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When: Jul 30, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: PRESS CONFERENCE - Protecting the Sacred Trust

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