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James R. Mountain, IAD Cabinet Secretary, Designate

James R. Mountain is a former governor of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, serving from 2006-2007 and 2015-2017. During his tenure as governor, he led the pueblo in completing the decades-old Aamodt Water Settlement, ensuring the pueblo’s water rights in perpetuity, as well as the principles of agreement with Santa Fe County in 2017 and the Indian Land Claims Settlement in 2006. He also previously served on the pueblo’s Supreme Court and tribal council. Since 2018, he has owned and operated Mountain+Associates, LLC., a state-tribal affairs consulting firm.



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