CHIHENE NDE NATION OF NEW MEXICO
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Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico
The Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico was incorporated in May of 2011. We were formerly known as the Chihene Nde Warm Springs Band of Chiricahua Apaches from October 2009 to May 2011. To review status with the NM PRC click on the Articles of Incorporation and enter our NMPRC # 4439774. We were awarded our tax exemption status pursuant to section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code on March 30, 2012.
Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico consist of a Board of Directors (Tribal Council). This is the governance council of this organization. We have over 500 hundred members and continue to receive applications for membership. Our Membership requirements and qualifications are listed and available on this site. You can download applications from this site, located in the "Enrollment" tab above.
In January of 2014, the Tribal Organization filed an application with the US Bureau of Indian Affairs for the the federal recognition process.
Tribal Council-Governance Council
TRIBAL GENERAL COUNSEL
AND LEGAL TEAM
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TRIBAL CULTURAL ADVISOR
A. Paul Ortega
Mescalero Apache, NM
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Tribal Secretary (2014-2016)
Ms. Lopez was appointed by Mr. Sanchez, the Tribal Chair as the Secretary for the Tribal Council.
Dr. Robert O. Marquez
Tribal Vice Chair (2014-2016)
Dr. Marquez was elected Vice Chair in June 2014 and it is his first term. His terms expires 2016.
Manuel P. Sanchez
Tribal Chair (2012-2016):
Mr. Sanchez was elected Chairman of the Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico for a second term. He was first elected in 2010 as Chair of the Chihene Nde Warm Springs Band of Chiricahua Apache. The Tribal organization re-organized and rechartered as the Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico. He was re-elected in June 2012 for a two-year term and in June 2014 for another two-year term. Mr. Sanchez is a federal agent employer with the National Indian Gaming commission out of the Temecula, California Regional Office. Mr. Sanchez has been inspirational in all of the Tribal efforts from the initial organizing to pursuing Federal Re-recognition process. His family are from the both the Grant and Dona Ana Counties Enriquez Clan of the Chi ende.
Tribal Treasurer (2012-2016)
Judy is serving a second two-year term having been elected in June 2014. Judy is originally from Grant County, New Mexico. Both maternal and paternal families are from the Mimbres and Santa Rita areas. Judy is of the Parra/Samaniego/Olguin clan of the Apache del Cobre and Apache de Mimbreños Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico. Judy and her husband currently reside in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has two sons and two grandchildren. Judy grew up in Silver City and graduated from Gallup High School before her 25 year career as a Human Resources Manager in Las Cruces. She has served in leadership capacities at a variety of philanthropic organizations. Judy currently is pursing a Masters in Anthropology at NMSU.