Stop Attacking Our Hispanic Heritage!

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Stop the Eradication of Our Hispanic Heritage!

A small, but vocal, radical minority are trying to use the Black Lives Matter Movement and the current drive to remove Confederate Monuments from public places to divide, conquer and hijack our true New Mexico history. They are using the Black Lives Matter Movement for their own personal financial gain, personal agenda and propagating a perpetual Victim Culture at the expense of New Mexico Hispanics. They don’t speak the truth. They are spreading a false narrative.

Santa Fe, NM Mayor Alan Webber's sudden decision to remove the statue of the city's founder Don Diego de Vargas, without input from the local community at large, is a slap in the face to his Hispanic constituents. ZERO, None, of New Mexico's 19 Indian Pueblos asked or petitioned to have the statue removed. The same is true for the removal of statues in Alcalde, Albuquerque and across the nation.

Furthermore, Alan Webber's public announcements to remove the Civil War Memorial (Obelisk) in downtown Santa Fe in support of the radical Hate Group Three Sisters Collective is a dereliction of duty to protect public property and yet another slap in the face to Veterans and the Hispanic community. 

The recent attempt by the Albuquerque Arts Board to remove the sculpture, La Jornada, via a Secret and Illegal meeting, in violation of the Opens Meeting Act, is reprehensible and a breach of the Public Trust. Removal of this art piece would be a violation of an agreement by the City of Albuquerque, the Native American community and the Hispano community. This art piece depicts “La Jornada” not any one specific person.

The sculpture at the Albuquerque Museum is first and foremost an art piece that was commissioned and went through all the proper channels & authorities before it was built, to include the All Indian Council of Governors, the Albuquerque Arts Board and Hispano leaders to include the Hispano Roundtable of New Mexico. This art piece named “La Jornada” does not include Don Juan de Onate’s name or any name other than “La Jornada” or “The Journey.” It is a sculpture of a group of people on their journey into New Mexico with their livestock. It includes art pieces by Native American artist Nora Naranjo-Morse who created a piece called “Numbe Whageh.” The entire sculpture was created with equal input from Native American leaders and Hispano leaders. It was commissioned and signed off by all groups in agreement. This group included Native American leaders like Regis Pecos, Conroy Chino, State Senator John Pinto and many others.

We petition the Albuquerque City Arts Board, Mayor Tim Keller,  Albuquerque City Councilors, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Espanola Mayor Javier Estrada Sánchez and all civic entities to KEEP the past agreements creating historical monuments and Stop Attacking Our Hispanic Heritage!

 



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