Domenici Statement on Tony Hillerman
from the Office of Senator Pete V. Domenici
U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today issued the following statement regarding the passing of renowned New Mexico author and former journalist Tony Hillerman, whom he has known since the 1960s.
"Tony and his wife Marie have been friends to me and my family for so many years. Nancy and I now mourn his loss. In Tony Hillerman's passing, New Mexicans have lost a man who almost singlehandedly introduced the world to the majesty and spirit of American Indian culture in the Four Corners area. Tony Hillerman, without a doubt, lent our state distinction and acclaim with his unmatched talent and character.
"I believe he created at lasting legacy as an enlightened writer. He tapped into his simple beginnings and heroic World War II experiences to become a New Mexico treasure who enchanted many with humor, grace and insight.
"And for all he has done to promote our state with his wonderful way of writing, there is probably no more greater tribute than the innumerable people who call him friend.'"