SANTA FE – It’s American Indian Day at the New Mexico State Legislature; a day filled with distinguished speakers like Lt. Governor Diane Denish and Cabinet Secretary of Indian Affairs Alvin Warren, and culminating in the declaration of Feb. 6 as State-Tribal Collaboration Day.
American Indian Day Agenda
8:30 a.m. – Invocation, President Levi Pesata, Jicarilla Apache Nation.
8:40 a.m. – Posting of Colors, Jicarilla Apache AMVETS Veterans Association.
Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence.
8:50 a.m. – Honor Song, Robert Mirabal, Taos Pueblo.
9:00 a.m. – Welcome Address, Cabinet Secretary Alvin Warren, NM Indian Affairs Department.
9:10 a.m. – Remarks by New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish.
9:25 a.m. – Reading of Gov. Richardson’s Indian Day Proclamation.
9:35 a.m. – State-Tribal Collaboration Recognition.
11:30 a.m. – Bernalillo Off-Reservation Native American Health Commission, Norman Ration, chairman.
11:40 a.m. – Youth Dance Group Performances, Jicarilla Apache Nation Dance Group, Albuquerque Native American Community Academy Drum & Dance Group.
12:00 p.m. – Retiring of Colors, Jicarilla Apache AMVETS Veterans Association.
While speakers and honorary guests enjoy the speakers and entertainment, tribal leaders will participate in a joint session of the House of Representatives.
All events take place in the state capitol rotunda in the Wendell Chino Building, 1220 S. St. Francis Dr., and are free and open to the public.