Ben Ray Luján announced the endorsement of the Northern Navajo Agency Council in his race for Congress in New Mexico's 3rd District. The Agency endorsed Luján, a New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico's 3rd District, because of his support for the Navajo Nation's need for better health care, economic development, education, benefits for Navajo Nation veterans and a commitment to protecting and strengthening the tribal sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.
"I'm honored by the endorsement of the Northern Navajo Agency Council," said Luján. "In Congress, I'll fight for strong health care, education and economic development for the Navajo Nation."
Luján has been a strong ally of tribal governments. As a Public Regulation Commissioner, he worked with the commission to adopt a resolution for the PRC to officially recognize a government-to-government relationship concerning regulatory processes with sovereign Indian Nations. He also worked with a Native American liaison to establish open communication between state and tribal governments.
The Northern Navajo Agency Council issued a resolution endorsing Luján, Barack Obama and Tom Udall. The resolution passed 54 to 0.
"Protecting and strengthening tribal sovereignty is very important," said Luján. "We must make sure that we have open lines of communication and strong government-to-government relationships. By working together, we can improve health care, education and economic development in the Navajo Nation and tribal communities throughout New Mexico.
This is Luján's second major endorsement from a Native American entity in recent weeks. Last week, the All Indian Pueblo Council endorsed Luján.
As a New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and a former chairman of the Commission, Ben Ray Luján has a proven record of standing up for New Mexico.
Commissioner Luján has been a leading proponent of renewable energy development. As chairman of the Public Regulation Commission, he fought to require utility companies to expand their use of renewable energy. When the Bush Administration refused to address global warming, Commissioner Luján joined with elected officials in California, Oregon and Washington to create regional solutions to global warming.
Commissioner Luján brought real change to the Public Regulation Commission by increasing transparency and accountability. He drafted a code of conduct and helped create a consumer division that protects the interests of the people of New Mexico. Commissioner Luján took on Qwest when they refused to honor their promise to invest in New Mexico. He also worked to close loopholes that insurance companies used to deny health care coverage to patients.
In Congress, Luján will continue to fight for energy solutions for New Mexico's working families, an economy that works for the middle class, an end to the war in Iraq and health care for all Americans.