The tribe has changed its name to the Jicarilla Apache Nation to reinforce its status as a sovereign nation. The tribal council considered the name change for several months and took action the last week in January to send a message of strength and pride, a news release reported. "The Tribal Council is making an effort, as we go into the 21st century, to change how others regard the Jicarilla Apache people as well as how we look at ourselves,'' said Tribal President Claudia Vigil-Muniz. Vigil-Muniz, the tribe's first woman president, was elected last summer. Voters also elected a woman vice president.
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