We here at the Pueblo of Tesuque have thought long and hard about the goings-on in our ancestral home of “Ogapoge — Place of the White Shell,” and this is what we would like to say.

We were deeply saddened to see the headline and photo (“Activists topple obelisk,” Oct. 13). We, the Pueblo of Tesuque Tribal Council, have other concerns with those organizations and or individuals who seem to voice the concerns of the pueblo without consent of respective tribal leadership, the Pueblo of Tesuque in particular.

The Pueblo of Tesuque is not an association of individuals who share common goals or interests to effectuate a common purpose. The Pueblo of Tesuque is a federally recognized sovereign tribal government and as such, retains inherent powers of self-governance, and the Tribal Council is made up of duly appointed council members charged with the duty to serve the Pueblo of Tesuque’s best interests and the best interest of all its citizens. The Tribal Council acts and speaks by and through its executive leader, the governor of the Pueblo of Tesuque.

The Pueblo of Tesuque shares a unique legal distinction, like all federally recognized tribal governments, separate and apart from an association of individuals, and acts on behalf of all its citizens when making decisions of support or nonsupport based on the pueblo’s time-honored traditions, customs and laws.

Through this understanding, the Pueblo of Tesuque unequivocally does not support certain actions nor is the Pueblo of Tesuque affiliated with any current associations of individuals advocating for the removal of certain statues and monuments dedicated to historical individuals who were factually cruel and oppressive to Indigenous and certain minority groups in New Mexico. Furthermore, the subversive actions and activities of those individuals/organizations have negatively affected all the Pueblo communities and tribes, and is of concern with the All Pueblo Council of Governors as well.

As a tribal government, the Pueblo of Tesuque stands in solidarity with our sister pueblos and tribes. The Pueblo of Tesuque also wishes to ensure that a candid and robust discussion with elected officials in the state of New Mexico continues in a respectful and beneficial manner to remove certain tributes to historical figures out of respect for all victims of historical trauma and through proper education of all New Mexicans.

In closing, we want to say that if any Pueblo of Tesuque tribal members were involved, made or make public oral and/or written statements, they voice and/or express their opinions as individuals and do not speak for or on behalf of the Pueblo of Tesuque.

Robert A. Mora Sr. is the governor of the Pueblo of Tesuque.

(4) comments

Mary Ann Flores

Thank you Honor)able Governor Mora for your thoughtful and inteligent comments... I too have wondered and shared with family and friend where the hate to our culture and tradition come from... It certaintly not from my Native American brothers and sisters is coming from... I was raised in Santa Fe... I remember members of most all northern tribes eating my mother's homemade tortillas, beans and chile... And me and my brothers enjoying food on Feast Days at the Pueblos... We all Prayed. Laughed and Loved each other... I do not understand the views of people these days... Particularly the new people who refuse to assimilate with us... So again thank you for your heartfelt message.... I hope they are read and understood by thosr that most need them...

Khal Spencer

I have wondered for a while now whether all these woke honkies who were speaking for Native Americans had asked whether they either had their permission or had the right message.

Peter Romero

I wish the mayor was as intelligent as Governor Mora. Thank you Tesuque Pueblo for keeping it real. I wholeheartedly respect all native communities and their sovereignty. Not the domestic terrorist that have infiltrated our communities just to create divide.

Andrew Lucero

Thank You Governor Mora and the honorable members of the Tesuque Tribal Council. Your powerful words have clearly set the example. Your wisdom and forethought demonstrate that you all have far more sense than our Mayor and several members of the City Council. If the Pueblos don’t support these “activists” why should we listen to them? As far as I am concerned, the Three Sisters Collective and the Red Nation are no different than any other racist hate group. They should be looked upon and treated with the same abhorrence and contempt that they have so richly earned and deserve.

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