Tribal Senator Jesus Alvarez, Tribal Secretary Lucia Alfaro, and Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. at Native Power Building Summit in New Mexico.

Earlier this month, members of Tribal Leadership attended Advance Political Leadership’s Native Power Building Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Advance Native Political Leadership is a project that is born of the need to have Native American representation in elected and appointed offices throughout the country. Read more about their organization here.

According to their website, “of the 41,000 elected U.S. Officials from County to Federal levels, 90% are white, and 0.3% are Native American”. They state, “Investment in increasing Native American representation in elected offices is a critical endeavor for securing a reflective democracy for all Americans – one in which the country benefits from the leadership and talents of Native peoples and is responsive to the assets and issues of Native citizens.” (source)