Mescalero, NM - This morning, President Butch Blazer announced the endorsement of Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Michelle Lujan Grisham remains the only candidate for governor who has earned the endorsement of a tribe or pueblo, having previously been endorsed by Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Pueblo of Picuris, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Taos Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
“I am honored to have the support of the Mescalero Apache Tribe and look forward to continuing to work with them and our sovereign nations to create opportunities for our families. As governor, I’ll ensure no community is overlooked by our state government and that meaningful government to government relationships are restored with our tribes and pueblos.” said Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“The Mescalero Apache Tribe has enjoyed its strong partnership with Michelle Lujan Grisham over many years, working together to improve the quality of life on the Mescalero Apache Reservation as well as in New Mexico’s other tribal communities,” said Arthur “Butch” Blazer, President of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. “Mescalero knows that her words reflect her actions and when she makes a commitment, she delivers. We know that Michelle Lujan Grisham will be a governor that we can work alongside to address the many needs in our communities, including balancing protection of our traditional ways of life and our cultural resources with job creation and economic development.”
For decades, Michelle Lujan Grisham has been a strong partner in achieving results for New Mexico’s Pueblos and Tribes. In Congress, she was one of only two Democrats to cosponsor the Tribal Sovereignty Act of 2015, she passed the Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act, and the first bill she passed transferred sacred land from the U.S. Forest Service back to the Pueblo of Sandia.
As a cabinet secretary, Lujan Grisham created the Indian Area Agency on Aging, ensured that services got to rural, isolated Native American communities, and created the Native American Ombudsman program.