On July 18 the 20 Pueblo Governors of the All Indian Pueblo Council (AIPC) decided to return to the original cultural and leadership model of the council.
The decision was made at Santa Clara Pueblo to re-structure the 400 year-old Pueblo advocacy organization by dissolving its current business operations.
According to the AIPC website, the Council’s mission is “to promote justice and to encourage the common welfare of the Pueblo peoples.” The AIPC addresses issues pertaining to governmental policy and social issues while striving to revitalize the Pueblo culture and preserve the languages.
This decision will have no affect on any of the other collective business operations owned and/or operated by the Pueblos according to a AIPC press release. These businesses include the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Inc.; Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc.; Pueblo Insurance Agency; and Santa Fe Indian School.
In moving forward with the return, the governors will continue to meet to fulfill the original mission established in 1598, but have elected two Pueblo governors as co-chairs to lead the continuing body of council of governors – they are Phillip A. Perez, of the Pueblo of Nambe, and Myron Armijo, of the Pueblo of Santa Ana.
“This change presents many incredible opportunities for the future of Pueblo people. The Governors look forward to the opportunity to re-emerge as an even stronger and more vibrant advocate for our Pueblo Nations,” the press release stated.