Paul Ortega, former Mescalero Apache president, dies
May 26, 2017
A. Paul Ortega, former Mescalero Apache president, died May 17 in Albuquerque.
Ortega was vice president and stepped into the role of president in 1998, when long-time tribal leader Wendell Chino died. Besides holding the two top positions in the tribe, he is remembered as a Mescalero medicine man, tribal council member, elder, mentor and musician.