2018 American Indian Day
“Preservation of our Native Language and Culture”
The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) hosted the 2018 American Indian Day evening Reception, American Indian Day at the Legislature, and partnered with the Santa Fe Indian School to host the Community Luncheon. The evening Reception was held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at La Posada De Santa Fe Resort and Spa, in Santa Fe, NM. This event provided Tribal Leaders, State Executives, Legislators, Tribal Liaisons and event sponsors the opportunity to strengthen their working relationships while showing support for the American Indian Day events. During the Reception we were honored with an opening prayer from Governor Virgil A. Siow, Pueblo of Laguna. Guests were able to enjoy live music and Native dances throughout the evening while networking amongst their colleagues. Brief presentations in recognition of the 15th Anniversary of the NM Indian Education Act were addressed by NM Indian Education Advisory Council Chair, Teri Frazier, and Former State Representative, Ray Begaye. The evening Reception concluded with a closing prayer from Lt. Governor James Naranjo from the Pueblo of Santa Clara.