Governor Bill Richardson appoints Marvis Aragon as deputy secretary of Indian affairs

Staff reports

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson recently announced the appointment of Marvis Aragon Jr., of Acoma Pueblo, to serve as deputy secretary of the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department.

“Marvis Aragon is a leader among New Mexico’s tribes, nations and pueblos and I am confident his background in tribal operations, government and business will be an asset to the Indian Affairs Department,” Richardson said.

Aragon is the former chief executive officer of Acoma Business Enterprises, which includes Sky City Casino, Sky City Travel Centers, Sky City Communications, Acoma Game & Fish and the Acoma Land & Cattle Company. He served two terms as the Pueblo of Acoma’s first lieutenant governor, and has served the community in numerous other positions including chairman of the Acoma Business Board, chairman of the Acoma Housing Commission, and vice chairman of the Acoma Board of Education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix.

“Marvis was selected for this position from a group of highly talented and qualified candidates, and I believe his experience and background will contribute to strengthening the Indian Affairs Department’s efforts to work effectively with all 22 tribes, nations and pueblos in New Mexico and to better address the needs of all the Indian people of our state,” said Indian Affairs Secretary Alvin Warren.

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