Obama speaks with New Mexico tribal leaders

Obama made a surprise visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque last Thursday, September 18th. This was before his scheduled appearance in Española, where an estimated 10,000 people attended. I was able to get down to the IPCC and talk with folks at the event and snap some shots of Obama supporters.


Obama supporters line up on 12th Street

Obama spent the morning speaking with tribal leaders from New Mexico, answering their questions and laying out his positions on tribal sovereignty, land and water issues, tribal jurisdiction and creating healthy communities for Native Americans.

Many of the folks I spoke with like, Charlie Dorame from Tesuque Pueblo, stated that they were encouraged by Obama’s visit and the time he has made to speak with Native Americans. Governor Salazar of Ohkay Owingeh said he felt like Obama spoke from the heart and that he understood Native issues and seemed open-minded to learning more.

Over the next week I will be posting video interviews that focus on Native Americans in New Mexico and their perspective on this important election year. Stay tuned.

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