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Mihio Manus, Communications Director
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Antonio Ramirez, Sr. Public Information Officer
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Alysa Landry, Sr. Public Information Officer
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2019

PRESIDENT BEGAYE CONGRATULATES N.M. GOVERNOR, CALLS FOR INCREASED DIALOGUE WITH TRIBAL NATIONS

Surrounded by her husband and daughters Tuesday in Santa Fe, newly elected Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham takes the oath of office.
SANTA FE—President Russell Begaye extended a personal congratulations to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham during her inauguration Tuesday in Santa Fe.
 
Grisham, a Democrat who represented New Mexico’s 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms, took the oath of office during a private ceremony held just after midnight on Jan. 1. She was publicly sworn into office at noon.
 
President Begaye greeted Lujan Grisham as she left the stage and congratulated her.
 
“We are looking forward to working with New Mexico’s 32nd governor,” President Begaye said. “She has been a friend to the Navajo Nation and to Indian Country, and we expect those relationships to continue as Michelle takes on her new role.”
 
On June 1, 2018, Lujan Grisham joined Navajo leaders to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868. She participated in a walk from Tse Bonito, N.M., to the Navajo Nation Museum, and was a guest speaker during the day’s events.
 
During her inaugural address Tuesday, Lujan Grisham pledged to end poverty and revolutionize the state’s education system. She promised better opportunities for marginalized populations and economic growth that will benefit generations to come.
 
President Begaye called on Lujan Grisham to remember tribal nations and to prioritize health care and education for the state’s Native citizens.
 
“The new governor needs to appoint more Navajos, more Native Americans in key roles in her administration,” President Begaye said. “Native Americans are an integral part of the state’s population—and of the voting public. We need to see our voice and our concerns represented in all conversations at the state level.”
 
Lujan Grisham made history Tuesday when she became New Mexico’s first Latina Democratic governor. Her inauguration also marked the first time in state history when a female governor replaced a female governor. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez served two terms, from 2011 to 2019.

 
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham greets President Begaye with a hug after taking the oath of office on Tuesday.

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