City councilor looks to revamp Albuquerque’s Indian Affairs Commission

An Albuquerque city councilor wants to expand the role of Native Americans in city government. 

Councilor Ken Sanchez wants to bump up the number of members on the city’s Indian Affairs Commission from seven to nine, and allow it to create sub-committees made up of Native American community leaders. 

“With the nine members they can also create advisory committees, which I think is vitally important to this city because we want to assure that Native Americans have a vote in city government,” Sanchez said. 

The proposal would also change the name of the committee to the “Commission on American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs” bringing it in line with a nationwide shift toward including Alaska natives. 

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