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 GENERAL COUNSEL
AND LEGAL TEAM
Jessica Inez Martnez
TRIBAL CULTURAL ADVISOR
A. Paul Ortega
Mescalero Apache, NM
Tribal Secretary (2016-2018)
Ms. Lopez was recently elected as the Secretary for the Tribal Council in June 2016. She a a federal employee in Phoenix, AZ. She will be retiring from the Federal Government and relocating to Southern NM. She has several years of experience in grants and budgets.
Dr. Robert O. Marquez
Tribal Council Member at Large (2016-2018)
Past Vice Chair (2014-2016)
Dr. Robert Marquez was recently elected to the Tribal Council as a Member at Large. He will serve a two year term from June 2016 to 2018. He was first elected Vice Chair in June 2014. Dr. Marquez received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from New Mexico State University. Dr. Marquez's main research interests are in the application of natural materials i.e. clay minerals, zeolites, brucites, sand, etc. for the adsorption and remediation of organic and inorganic pollutants in the environment. He is developing inexpensive water purification and contaminant detection systems, safe methods for firing combustible solid and liquid waste materials with low technology brick kilns and stoves. His focus is in the design and use of appropriate technology and chemistry for economically limited peoples of the earth (ELP communities). Dr. Marquez has designed a low technology brick kiln system that decreases the amount of air pollution (>80%) while decreasing fuel consumption (>50%) and the labor required to fire the bricks (one less person/firing). Dr. Marquez has worked for the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he worked on the first laser printer (HP2680A), Optical disk drives, and the first HP color scanner (Scanjet IIC). He taught at Navajo Community College where he helped to develop the NSF funded Native American Science Scholars Program, while helping to develop and start the NMSU, NIH funded, Native American Bridges program. He worked at Los Alamos National Labs. He was at the University of Virginia as a research scientist and visiting faculty member (post doc.). He is currently a social entrepreneur, technical consultant, on the board of ICATIS (as well as R&D director), and a founder of I'M Inc and NSEG (technology driven companies working on social and environmental problems). He is involved in ongoing projects in economically disadvantaged communities in Mexico, Haiti, and in Native American communities in the USA.
Manuel P. Sanchez
Tribal Chair (2010-2018):
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, 2014 and for his forth consecutive two-year term and in June 2016 for another two-year term. Mr. Sanchez is a retired federal agent with the National Indian Gaming commission out of the Temecula, California Regional Office. He is now serving a head of a Northern California Indian Tribe's Gaming Department. 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 Chiende.
Tribal Secretary (2016-2018)
Past Treasurer (2014-2016)
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. Judy was recently elected to serve as Tribal Secretary in June 2016 for a two year term.
MANUEL P. SANCHEZ
MEMBER AT LARGE
2016-2018 CNNNM Governance Council
Elected on June 25, 2016
2016 Elections Process and Information will be made available after the April 2016 Tribal Governance Meeting
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Richard John "Rico" Frias, JD
Tribal Vice Chair (2016-2018)
Mr. Frias was elected Vice Chair of the Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico for his first term this past June 2016. He is a NM Attorney specializing in Indian Law. He is currently the Chief Counsel to the President of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Frias brings to the Counsel great knowledge and legal experience throughout this career. He is a graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law. He is also a member of the National Indian Gaming Association.