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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                5 5 Sy Tsj NOVEMBER TUESDAY 50 CENTS OHKAY OWINGEH LIVINGWAGE LAW Rising to Indian Countrys call Council to mull Pueblo leader elected new president of tribal congress By Shannon Shaw The New Mexican It might seem like Gov Joe Garcia of Ohkay Owingeh formerly known as San Juan Pueblo would have his hands full as governor of his tribe president of a tribally owned consulting firm and schoolboard chairman But add to that the prestigious title of president of the National Congress of the American Indian The job requires work ing with more than 250 Indian organiza tions while keeping an eye on Indian related federal legislation Other people felt the NCAI presidents job might be a bur den for me but I cant sit idle for very long espe cially when there are things to be he said Garcia 52 was elected president Nov 3 at NCATs 62nd annual con vention in Tulsa Okla He is the second pueblo leader from New Mexico to win the office since the congresss inception in 1944 The first was John Gonzales a former governor for San Udefonso Pueblo Top priorities on Garcias todo list are uniting Indian Country and bringing NCAI up to speed on federal legislation that could affect Indian governments Garcia said The watchdog organization is based in Washington The NCAI president and staff com municate with Indian Country through 12 vice presidents that preside over 12 regions During each annual conference the vice presidents and top staff discuss the main problems affecting Indian Country But meeting once a year isnt enough Garcia said Theymust be in constant communication to eliminate the one sizefitsall legislation that he believes is the US governments solution to han dling problems in Indian Country We cannot turn over decisions to Congress the president or state legisla Please see CONGRESS Page A3 AT A GLANCE Ohkay Owingeh Gov Joe Garcia was elected president of the National Congress of the American Indian Nov 3 The position The watchdogs president works with 250 Indian organizations while monitoring federal legislation The president serves two years Garcias top pri ority to unite Indian Country and keep tribes in constant communication He hopes to eliminate the govern ments onesize fitsall legislation and put decision making in the hands of Indian leaders Kathy De La New Mexican Joe Garcia governor of Ohkay Owingeh formerly known as San Juan Pueblo is the new president of the National Congress of the American Indian Pueblos name predates arrival of Onate By Shannon Shaw The New Maxican San Juan Pueblo has officially changed its name back to Ohkay Owingeh Place of the Strong a name that predates the Spanish takeover of the tribe in the 16th century Gov Joe Gar cia said Pueblo members have always referred to themselves as Ohkay Ohkay Owingeh Place of the Strong People Owingeh and if s time the gen eral public did as well Garcia said Thats who we are so we should be proud of that San Juan was a name given to us to which we had no said Herman Agoyo a former Ohkay Owingeh governor I hope that people respect our desires here and that in time they wont be confused with what to call San Juan Tribal members passed the name change in late September and as far as Garcia is con Please see NAME Page A3 Medicare official No need to rush enrollment Before leaping into new drug program consider all its options By Kevin Freking The Associated Press WASHINGTON On your mark get set stop Enrollment begins today for a new Medicare prescriptiondrug benefit and officials say if s time for beneficia ries to think about signing up but not necessarily to decide right away Theres no need to rush into said Mark McCIellan administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medic aid Services Theres plenty of time to make a decision and make a deci sion you can be confident about The new benefit kicks in Jan 1 Enrollment continues through May 15 A look at the new Medicare prescriptiondrag program Question How will the program work Answer People must enroll in a plan offered by a private insurer that contracts with the federal government Please see MEDICARE Page A4 delay Some councilors loath to let minimum rise to until economic study completed By Tom Sharps The New Mexican The Santa Fe City Council next month will consider a proposal to delay the scheduled Jan 1 increase in the citys minimum wage to S950anhour After a halfhour of discussion Monday the councils fivemember Finance Committee voted unanimously to send Councilor David Pfeffers proposal to the full council without a recommendation Some councilors are reluctant to let the local minimum wage rise from the current wage floor unless the results of an economic study indicate the hike wont harm Santa Fes economy The council is scheduled to take up the pro posed amendment to its wage ordinance at its Dec 14 meeting The University of New Mexicos Bureau of Business and Economic Research is expected to finish the first phase of its economic study by the first week of December but the full report isnt due until March Some councilors say theymust live up to the commitment they made two years ago by Please see WAGE Page A4 Family of slain Marine reports scam By Julie Ann Grimm Trie New Mexican The Pojoaque family of a Marine who died in Iraq said Monday that someone is fraudu lently collecting money in his name Lance CpL Jonathan Grant died in early May when a military vehicle he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb Funeral services were held here later that month for the father of two who is buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery When his fiancee heard that people she knew had recently been approached by someone carrying a pic ture of Jonathan and their children she was surprised and angry The fraudulent solicitors were asking for cash for the funeral but those services were paid for by the Marine Corps months ago I was very shocked that somebody would do said Eva Grant who was engaged to Jonathan Grant when he died and now uses his name It is terrible I dont know how any body could do Please see SCAM Page A3 Jonathan Grant QSmiARiES Azalea I Pina Nov 13 Brpsl Hasslacher 64 Espanola Nov 11 Miranda C Gonzales Nov 10 fviary M Blea 92 Santa fe Nov 10 Peter C Chacon 48 Santa Cruz Nov 10 Robert P Ramirez 59 Santa Fe Nov 12 Rosemary J Sjursen 86 Nov 11 Victoria Roybal Nov 12 Zella 93 Alamogordo Nov 12 PageC2 Index PI1TS FATE Members of Congress declare politics trumped science in the Food and Drug Administrations rejection of the morningafter pill Page A6 HABEAS CORPUS AT STAKE Critics fear approval of a Senate measure would strip the rights of terror suspects Page A3 Annies Horoscope Local Police Time oMgred and independent NEW NAME NEW LOOK Santa Fe Place the mall formerly known as Villa Linda prepares to celebrate completion of a million renovation The retail center will kick off a fourday grand opening Thursday Business Dl TODAY Sunny chilly High 49 low 20 PageC6 Main Late News Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 319 Publication No 596440 giving New Mexico for 156 yeac   

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