The Tribal Governance Council is currently compiling documents and preparing final drafts to be submitted with BIA Application packets. Tribal Treasurer, Nancy Lopez has been assigned to conduct all corresponding 20th century documentations and family histories and stories. For those members that are contributing to this portion of this section, please contact Nancy Lopez at (602) 418-7544. She will be making the necessary contact to complete this process.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
From May 2017- June 2018
06 - 09 October 2017: Deming NM - Annual Gathering (this is Columbus Day weekend):
This will now be designated as the Chiende Weekend or Native American Day! Details will follow. We are encouraging members to arrive early to help prepare and set up. This will be at our Akela Flats Property.
05 - 06 January 2018: OCRS Meeting:
Jurado's residence in Las Cruces, Friday evening; Tribal Council Meeting at FIC-DAC location in Las Cruces on Saturday morning.
13 - 14 April 2018: OCRS Meeting;
Tribal Council Meeting (Caballo Dam area) - other locations considered were Hatch Community Center in Hatch, NM; Rincon area; Leasburg area; La Placita, etc.
22 - 24 June 2018: Annual Gathering- Tribal Elections:
Manzano property (10 year Anniversary of OCRS)
In order to continue these events, we humbly request assistance from the membership. We need volunteers to help out in several areas so that not all of the burden and responsibility lies on just a few folks. We need folks to arrive early to help set of camp, help with setting up teepees, sweat lodges, those to lend pickup truck and/or pick up portable toilets, haul trailers of supplies, water runs, and recreational furniture, like benches, portable arbors and canopies, etc. We also need folks to help out with cooking and to bring food and supplies for the common kitchen. All of this is a coordinated effort. We will be asking family representative for coordinating with their respective family members to help out during the next annual gathering.
Note: Our tradition and custom is to stay through the entire Holy Ground Ceremony. Like church, we don't leave mass half way. We are praying for all of us and our federal re-recognition efforts. All of our prayers together make a difference. Although we desire for folks to have a joyous and memorable time, we also need to teach those that are not acclimated to the culture that we don't applaud during ceremonies and each ceremony is considered sacred. These events are not intended to be entertainment in the sense of mere performance. These ceremonies are sacred and we are trying to maintain them for future generations as our ancestors would desire us to continue. Please don't take offense to elders correcting folks and others on the proper protocol and customs. Our intentions are to teach everyone how to properly observe our ways and traditions.
There were elections of tribal officers and those results will appear on the Governance Section of this site.