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2:09 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Former New Mexico Secretary Of Indian Affairs To Speak At NMSU Las Cruces

There are 22 tribes, nations and pueblos in New Mexico and the next speaker in the Indian Resource Development Program's Distinguished Tribal Leaders Speakers Series at New Mexico State University has held more than a dozen positions serving Santa Clara Pueblo and tribal peoples throughout the state.

Alvin Warren will speak at 5 p.m. April 20 at the College of Health and Social Services auditorium. Warren served as the secretary of Indian Affairs and lieutenant governor of Santa Clara Pueblo among many other positions. He is currently the executive vice president of Blue Stone Strategy Group, council member of Santa Clara Pueblo and chair of the Native American Democratic Caucus of New Mexico. 

"Warren's presentation is an opportunity for the NMSU community to understand the systemic obstacles faced by tribal constituencies," said Joe Graham, director of the Indian Resource Development Program at NMSU. 

As lieutenant governor, Warren tackled issues like making tribal wages more competitive, improving infrastructure and completing a community health profile and improvement plan. 

Blue Stone Strategy Group mainly works in the areas of government and economics and helps tribes and tribal communities build sustainable economies and protect their sovereignty. As executive vice president, Warren assists clients with strategic planning, tribal governance, financial management, program and policy development and other issues.

Graham said the mutual concerns between state and tribal communities and related issues can only be resolved through outreach and communication and believes Warren is the perfect candidate to address these issues.

"The Indian Resource Development Program has been working diligently to bring indigenous speakers to infuse the tribal viewpoint into the public discourse," Graham said. 

For more information about the event or the speaker, contact the IRD program at 575-646-1347 or graham@nmsu.edu. The event is free and open to the public.