FROM THE ARCHIVE

Indians take top posts in N.M. government

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MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2003

Native Americans are a big part of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Cabinet.

Conroy Chino, a television reporter who hails from Acoma Pueblo, was named as Labor Secretary, a post that requires confirmation. He joins Bernie Teba, the chief executive officer of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, who has been picked to run the Office of Indian Affairs.

Richardson is proposing to elevate Teba's post to a Cabinet level. This change requires approval by the state senate.

Other tribal members that are part of Richardson's team include Butch Blazer, former treasurer of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, as state forester; Elizabeth Joyce Naseyowma-Chalan of Cochiti Pueblo as director of the public health division within the Health Department; and Monica Abeita of Isleta Pueblo as program manager of the Office of Indian Tourism in the Tourism Department.

Get the Story:
Richardson Fills Corrections, Labor Posts (AP 1/1)
Ex-TV Reporter Tapped for Cabinet (The Albuquerque Journal 1/1)
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Richardson Selects Diverse Cabinet (The Albuquerque Journal 1/5)
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Richardson's Nominees and Appointments (The Albuquerque Journal 1/5)
Alternate Link: Richardson's Nominees and Appointments (The Albuquerque Journal 1/5)

Relevant Links:
Bill Richardson - http://www.richardsonforgovernor.com