New Taos Pueblo leaders honored

Edwin Concha named Governor, Gary Lujan selected as WarChief

By Rick Romancito
Posted 1/16/20

Taos Pueblo's new governing body for 2020 talked about their plans for the year ahead after the Blessing of the Canes Sunday (Jan. 12) at the San Geronímo Church in the village plaza.

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New Taos Pueblo leaders honored

Edwin Concha named Governor, Gary Lujan selected as WarChief

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Taos Pueblo's new governing body for 2020 talked about their plans for the year ahead after the Blessing of the Canes Sunday (Jan. 12) at the San Geronímo Church in the village plaza.

Edwin Concha was named Taos Pueblo Governor and Gary Lujan as the tribe's War-Chief for 2020, according to the respective tribal offices.

The canes of office, given to Taos Pueblo by Spain, and later Mexico and President Abraham Lincoln of the United States, originated as symbols of Pueblo leadership and authority.

Concha served on the WarChief's staff in 2006, He was also lieutenant governor in 2015 in Gov. Luis Romero's administration and served as WarChief in 2011. He is listed on Taos Pueblo's website as head of the Wilderness Department under the tribe's Department of Natural Resources.

Gary Lujan has been the director of trust land management and security for the Santa Fe Indian School.

Others named to the governor's staff include: Lt. Governor Antonio K. Mondragon, Tribal Secretary Joel Archuleta, 1st Sheriff Daniel P. Marcus, 2nd Sheriff Shulden Lujan, Head Fiscale James C. Lucero, Lt. Fiscale John T. Cordova, Fiscale Antonio T. Martinez, Fiscale Julian K. Suazo and Fiscale Aaron E. Romero.

Members of the WarChief's staff include Lt. WarChief Michael A. Martinez, WarChief Secretary Daniel R. Lucero, and staff members David Y. Cordova, Mahtao S. Chisholm, Sante M. Bernal, Abran L. Lujan, Jesse M. Winters, Wade J. Lujan, Devin M. Murphy, Richard J. Romero and Cory I. Lujan.

The tribal administration at Taos Pueblo holds office for one year, from January through December and are chosen by members of the all male tribal council.

Among events the Taos Pueblo government will coordinate this year is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation returning ownership and control of Blue Lake in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the tribe.

For more information, call the Taos Pueblo Governor's Office at (575) 758-9826 or the Taos Pueblo WarChief's Office at (575) 758-3883.

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