ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, at 10 a.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) will join Tribal leaders to celebrate the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act becoming law.
The STOP Act prohibits the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking Tribal cultural patrimony. It will help prevent instances like the auction of a shield, stolen from the Pueblo of Acoma. Senator Heinrich played a role in the effort to bring the shield home by working with Governors Kurt Riley and Brian Vallo to call for its return.
Senator Heinrich first introduced the STOP Act in 2016. He championed the bill in the Senate alongside U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández led on the bill in the House of Representatives alongside the late U.S. Representative Don Young (R-Alaska), and U.S. Representatives Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.).
WHAT: Heinrich, Leger Fernández To Join Tribal Leaders For Celebration Of Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Objects Of Patrimony Becoming Law
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, at 10 a.m. MT
WHERE: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Later that day at 1:30 p.m. MT, Senator Heinrich will hold a press conference to announce almost $1 million in direct federal investments he secured to support multiple New Mexico and Tribal small business development projects. Senator Heinrich secured the local funding in the Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23).
WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
WHAT: Heinrich To Announce Federal Investments To Support N.M., Tribal Businesses
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, at 1:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: WESST, 609 Broadway Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Finally, at 2:45 p.m. MT, Senator Heinrich and U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) will meet with local officials to discuss how over $4.2 million in direct federal investments that they secured is developing the Gateway Center at Gibson Health Hub, the first medical sobering center in New Mexico. Senator Heinrich and Representative Stansbury secured the funding in the Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23).
WHAT: Heinrich, Stansbury To Discuss Federal Investments They Secured To Develop First Medical Sobering Center In New Mexico
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, at 2:45 p.m. MT
WHERE: 5400 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108