All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman J. Michael Chavarria steps down

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Vice Chairman Wilfred Herrera, Jr. assumes chairmanship

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All Pueblo Council of Governors

At a meeting of the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) on Monday, October 26, APCG Chairman J. Michael Chavarria (The Pueblo of Santa Clara) submitted his resignation, citing personal reasons. It was officially accepted by the Council.

The APCG then voted to have Vice-Chairman Wilfred Herrera, Jr. (The Pueblo of Laguna) assume the role of Chairman. The Council also discussed the possibility of holding a special election in early 2021 to fill the remainder of Chairman Chavarria’s two-year term. It was also determined at Monday’s Council meeting that Governor David Toledo (The Pueblo of Jemez) will continue in his role as Secretary of the APCG.

Chairman Chavarria served in this position since January of 2020 and is a highly respected leader in the Native community. He has served in many roles within The Pueblo of Santa Clara Tribal Government, including several terms as Governor, and has been a strong advocate for the continuation and growth of tribal programs to protect Pueblo lands, resources and the environment.

“We are grateful for the years that Chairman Chavarria gave to the organization as a Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He has been our voice on many issues that impacted tribes, including education, health, the protection of cultural sites and properties, native language retention and taking care of our most vulnerable—the elders—and more. Chairman Chavarria continues to be a strong advocate on the Federal Trust (Sacred) Responsibility and Treaty Obligations. His many testimonials at both the state and federal levels are a testament to the leader that Chairman Chavarria has been for his community, the Pueblos in the APCG and tribes in New Mexico as a whole,” stated Pamela Mahooty, APCG’s Interim Executive Director. She added, “We congratulate Governor Wilfred Herrera, Jr. on his new position with the APCG and will continue to work for the benefit of our native communities.”

About the All Pueblo Council of Governors

The All Pueblo Council of Governors represents the leadership of the 20 Pueblos of New Mexico and sister Pueblo Ysleta del Sur in El Paso, Texas. The mission of the APCG is to advocate, foster, protect and encourage the social, cultural, and traditional well-being of Pueblo Nations. Through its inherent and sovereign right, APCG promotes the language, health, economic and educational advancement of all Pueblo people.

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