DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama’s Announcement to Visit New Mexico

The first lady will deliver commencement address at the Santa Fe Indian School

Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland, the first Native American woman to lead a statewide party in New Mexico, welcomed the announcement that First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) on May 26.

“I am so excited that First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at SFIS,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “The young people who attend high school there are the future leaders of their tribal communities and of our state, and this experience will be an inspiring memory for them.”

Chairwoman Haaland also credited President Obama for his initiatives to engage tribal communities.

“President Obama has demonstrated an invested interest in Indian communities– he has consistently worked to ensure tribes have a seat at the table and that decisions affecting our communities are made with our input. His efforts have truly made a difference and will shape how future government to government interactions are managed.”

The First Lady’s participation in the Santa Fe Indian School’s commencement is part of President Obama’s White House Generation Indigenous Initiative, which focuses on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, cultural approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

The Santa Fe Indian School is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos and is a leader in Native American education.