ACOMA & LAGUNA PUEBLOS - New officers and tribal council members were recently installed at Acoma and Laguna Pueblos.
At Laguna six tribal council members were elected or re-elected. In the Laguna system, each village has a representative on the council. Winners in the recent election were: Donald Siow of Laguna Village; incumbent Josephine Cochran of Paguate; Richard Luarkie of Paraje; Robert Analla III of Seama; Stanley Lucero of Mesita and incumbent Filbert Antonio of Encinal. Councilmen serve two-year terms.
Laguna officers, who also serve for two years, are elected in even numbered years, so the next election for them will be in December 2006. Current officers are: Governor Roland E. Johnson; First Lieutenant Governor Virgil Siow; Second Lieutenant Governor Charles Poncho; Secretary Lucille E. Hooper; Treasurer Wilfred Herrera Jr. and Interpreter Robert E. Mooney Sr.
Laguna Pueblo also has the office of fiscale, which is a backup system for the top three officers (similar to vice-president or lieutenant governor). For the office of governor the fiscale is Richard Smith Sr.; for first lieutanent governor the fiscale is Keith Day and for second lieutanent governor it is Everett Poncho.
Acoma Pueblo has a slightly different system in which officers are selected by members of the Antelope Clan and serve one-year terms. This system has deep historical roots for the Acoma people. Selected to serve this year are: Governor Jason Johnson; First Lieutenant Governor Bennett Greg Histia; Second Lieutenant Governor Randall Vicente; Secretary Earl Mike Valdo and Interpreter Jody D. Vallo.
All twelve members of the Acoma Tribal Council have been retained.
By Diane Fowler