Laguna Pueblo governor to visit NMSU

April 29, 2011 by Melisa P. Danho, NMSU News Center

Richard Luarkie, Governor of Laguna Pueblo in Northern New Mexico. (Courtesy photo.)

Richard Luarkie, governor of Laguna Pueblo, will visit New Mexico State University May 3 to encourage tribal students during finals week.

Luarkie has a full schedule of meetings with NMSU administrators and program directors. The day will culminate in a meeting with Laguna Pueblo and other students and others in the American Indian Student Center that afternoon.

“Governor Luarkie’s visit lets the students know that their community is well aware of their academic achievements and that the Pueblo of Laguna is proud and appreciative of their efforts,” said Joe Graham, director of Indian Resource Development at NMSU.

Luarkie is scheduled to meet with NMSU President Barbara Couture and the college deans in a meeting hosted by Dean Garrey Carruthers of the College of Business. Luarkie, an alumnus of the NMSU College of Business, will also meet with the directors of the Arrowhead Center, the Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management program and with the Tribal Voice working group.

“NMSU’s land grant mission mandates that the university must be responsive to New Mexico communities. Hosting Governor Luarkie is a positive step toward fulfilling that commitment,” Graham said.

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