The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department has entered the new year with new leadership following a controversial 2023.
Josett D. Monette, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has been designated as Secretary of Indian Affairs. An attorney, she previously served as deputy secretary and general counsel for the department.
"I am stepping into this role with deep commitment, dedication, care, and a profound respect for our Nations, Tribes and Pueblos and their homelands here in New Mexico. Working for Indian Country is where my dedication lies." Monette said in a news release from the governor's office.