Tuesday, March 20, 2012
National Congress of American Indians Past President and NM Leader Joe A. Garcia Endorses Heinrich
On Monday, the former President of the National Congress of American Indians Joe A. Garcia announced his endorsement of Martin Heinrich in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
“I endorse Martin Heinrich because he is a leader on issues that matter to New Mexico’s tribes and pueblos,” said Garcia. “Martin respects our views and engages in honest communication. Martin has been a champion for Indian and Pueblo Country in the U.S. House and will continue to be as our next U.S. Senator.”
“It’s an honor to have the endorsement of someone who has made so many important contributions for Native pueblos, tribes and nations--having a tremendous impact on the people of New Mexico and across our country,” said Heinrich. “Like me, President Garcia is an engineer. He sees a problem and looks for the most practical solution. Now, more than ever, we need to take this approach to moving our country forward.”
Joe A. Garcia served as President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) from 2005-2009. NCAI is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the United States. Previously, President Garcia served two terms as NCAI Vice President, as Governor of the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, and as Chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council. Garcia is currently the Head Councilman at the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh and is an electrical engineer by profession. October 15, 2009 was proclaimed “Joe Garcia Day” in New Mexico to honor Garcia’s service as President of NCAI.
In the U.S. Congress, Martin Heinrich has been a leader on the many issues faced by New Mexico’s tribes, pueblos and nations. Heinrich was instrumental in passing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) and is currently working on the Helping to Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act (HEARTH Act), a bill to remove bureaucratic red-tape between Native American families and homeownership.