Rep. Chris Chandler greets students from the Los Alamos High School Native American Club during their Friday visit to the State Legislature. Photo Courtesy LAPS
Seven students from the Native American Club at Los Alamos High School traveled to the State Capitol Friday in celebration of American Indian Day.
Former San Ildefonso Gov. James Mountain who is the current Native American Parent Advisory Council Chairman said, “We had a very successful field trip to the Roundhouse for American Indian Day on Friday.”
LAPS students included Nichelle Aguilar (LAPS 11th grade), Daniel Gonzales (TFA 9th grade), Janessa Gonzales (LAHS 12th grade), Maddox Martinez (TFA 9th grade), Leah Mountain (LAHS 11th grade), Kira Tsoodle (LAHS 10th grade), and Aaron Warren (LAHS 12th grade).
House District 43 Rep. Christine Chandler introduced the students on the floor of the regular session and the students had the opportunity to talk with several state politicians as well as newly-elected Congresswoman Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Supt. Kurt Steinhaus thanked Chandler and sponsors Mountain, Laura Wagner, LAPS Native American Liaison and Student Engagement Coordinator, and Rita Sanchez, LAMS teacher, for assisting with the students’ field trip to the Roundhouse.
Wagner wrote in an organizational email, “Thank you students for choosing to attend and thank you parents for sending your kids along for the day.”
Native American Parent Advisory Council takes place this Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the LAPS boardroom located at 2075 Trinity Drive. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.