Held Every First Thursday of Each Month
Upcoming: May 4, 2017
Next: June 1, 2017
Upcoming: May 4, 2017
Next: June 1, 2017
Tribal employees in the Mescalero area are to be excused for the day as soon as possible due to a major water break within the Mescalero village. The water break is currently in the process of being fixed, however, it will take most of the day to repair. Crews are working very hard at this time and expect the water break to be repaired around 2:00 p.m. It will take additional time for water lines to bleed and re-pressurize restoring water to all affected areas. We ask that you be patient with our crews as they work to get this water break resolved.
All tribal departments will be closed for the remainder of today, March 27, 2017. Business will resume tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. March 28, 2017.
The first State tournament game took place at the Mescalero School gymnasium Friday, March 3rd. The house was packed with Lady Chief’s supporters and Pine Hill’s Lady Warriors supporters. Friends, family, and fans enjoyed a competitive match between Mescalero and Pine Hill which resulted in our Lady Chiefs dominating the court by a 26 point win over the Lady Warriors; 62-36. The next match, our Lady Chiefs will face the Fort Sumner Vixens at Bernalillo High School today at 3pm.
But, this won’t be the first time both teams played each other. Back at the start of this year, Lady Chiefs had a home court advantage over the Lady Vixens winning the game 50-42 in the regular season.
All Class 2A girls 2nd round basketball games will be held at Bernalillo High School in one night with the Lady Chiefs being the opener of four games. Tatum vs. Mora at 4:45 p.m., Lordsburg vs. Escalante at 6:30 p.m., and lastly, Navajo Pine vs. Logan at 8:15 p.m.
Mescalero Apache Schools will end classes early today at 12:30 p.m. in support of our Lady Chiefs making it to the Albuquerque area for State Quarterfinals. Tribal employees are also granted time off, should their hours accommodate, to attend the game. If fans can’t make it to Bernalillo High School, the Inn of the Mountain Gods will be showcasing the game live at the convention center.
As the team began their trip yesterday from their school to hit the road to Albuquerque, all students participated in a pep-rally outside of the school to cheer on the Lady Chiefs before they loaded up the vehicles.
If you remember last year, our Lady Chiefs made it to the 2nd round, but only to stop there. Nonetheless, we as a community wish the very best for our basketball ladies and encourage all fans to show their Lady Chief Pride!
It’s great to be a Chief!
We are a locally operated program that equips, trains, and licenses foster parents from Mescalero, Otero and Lincoln Counties to Foster children and youth from the Mescalero Reservation.
Do you have the desire and the ability to provide a safe and stable environment to a child in need of foster care?
If so, these are the steps;
Do you want to affect a child’s life in a positive way? Call now and begin a journey that is rewarding and will change a child’s life!
We are members of NICWA. The National Indian Child Welfare Association improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday closed
P.O. Box 228
107 Sunset Loop Mescalero, NM 88340
The Mescalero Apache Tribes W-2’s will be completed on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and mailed to all current and former employees by a third party.
Electronic W-2’s (E W-2’s) will be available online and can be accessed utilizing a username and password.
CURRENT employee’s log-in instructions will be distributed to their department directors Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am in the South Hall.
Former employee’s log-in instructions will be available for pick up in the South Hall beginning Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am.
1099 Miscellaneous tax forms will be mailed out no later than Monday, January 30, 2017 by a third party.
1099-R tax forms will be available for pick up in the South Hall on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Any 1099-R’s that have not be picked will be mailed out on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
If you received a payout of any type or amount with the Tribe’s Pension Program (Promissory note), you will be receiving a 1099-R tax form.
ALAMOGORDO – The Otero County Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual legislative and conservation awards luncheon Wednesday and discussed results of brackish water projects.
Mescalero resident Thomas Mendez won the 2016 Conservationist of the Year for his work in conservation on Mescalero Apache land in Otero County.
“Thomas Mendez is an integral part of getting conservation on the ground in over 560,000 acres on Mescalero Apache land in Otero County,” Tafoya said. “For the past two years he has also been a member of the Otero County Soil and Water Conservation District.”
Jacqueline Devine , Alamogordo Daily News
Early November, the Mescalero Elderly Center held a very significant event for all Veterans of the United States Armed Forces within the Mescalero community.
Director and staff of the Elderly Center pulled out all the stops for showing their appreciation and gratitude to the men and women who served or currently serving by recognizing and providing lunch to Veterans and their guests.
Visitors and guests were greeted by President Breuninger, Miss New Mexico United States Vanessa Hernandez, Miss Mescalero Megan Byers, and Miss Indian New Mexico Kerrie Lester along with emcee Vice-President Aguilar.
Singers like Adelize K., Sherman Blake’s drum group, and Delvon Chee performed touching iconic American and Apache honoring songs.
With the help from our royalty, the reading of the Proclamation 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and the names of all the Mescalero Apache men and women we read aloud.
Also in attendance, special guest and recipient of the Honor Award presented by the Mescalero Apache Tribe President, US Army Sgt. Theodore Harvey.
Mr. Theodore Harvey was born in Mescalero, NM in 1934. Joining the US Army in February of 1954, MR. Harvey attended Basic Combat Training at Ft Bliss TX, and Basic Infantry Training at Ft Ord, Calif. From there Mr. Harvey received Basic Airborne training at Ft Bragg, NC. and was subsequently assigned as an instructor for Airborne training at Ft Meade, Maryland. Mr. Harvey then was reassigned to Ft Bragg, NC, and assigned as a section leader with the 325th Airborne Infantry until August of 1958.
In August 1958, Mr. Harvey was assigned overseas in Iceland as a Squad Leader with the 2nd Basic Combat Team.
At Ft Campbell Kentucky, in August 1959, Mr. Harvey was assigned as a Squad leader, and Platoon Sgt in the 501st Airborne Infantry, and completed US Army Ranger Training at Ft Benning Georgia in February 1963; before being reassigned to the 17th Infantry Bde on the DMZ in Korea, as a Squad leader.
In 1965, Mr. Harvey was assigned as a Squad leader with the 18th Infantry Bde, in the Republic of Vietnam, from June of ’65 until June of 1966. Mr. Harvey’s next assignment was in Germany, in 1967, as a Section leader, and indirect fire leader.
In November of 1970, Mr. Harvey once again traveled to Vietnam, where he was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Bde, where he earned an Army Commendation Medal in January of 1971, for actions on a combat patrol that saved the lives of fellow soldiers. While later assigned to the same combat unit, Mr. Harvey earned the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat action, and the Bronze Star for his “outstanding meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force” during the period November 1970 – November 1971.
According to SGT Harvey’s official military service record, he left the theatre of operations, and the military service before either of these awards could be presented to him by the Army.
Mr. Harvey’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Wings, Ranger Tab, the Expert Marksman Badge, the Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), The Vietnam Counter Offensive Medal, the Vietnam Defense Campaign Medal, the Korean Service ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, and the Non Commissioned Officers Development ribbon.
For this reason, Mescalero Apache Tribe, American Legion Post #79, and The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1062, (Ruidoso) honor SGT Theodore Harvey, as is most appropriate and fitting of this courageous and honorable warrior.
After more than 15 years, the Mescalero Community Center recently had renovations done to the gymnasium and public restrooms.
In early July 2016 as the “Kickoff Project” the gymnasium walls were repainted and years of fading and stains were removed and new life was breath into the gym with fresh white paint.
Once all the paint had dried, the refurbishment of the gym floor got underway. Starting in August, the Center Maintenance crew began clearing away anything that wasn’t needed for the refurbishment.
Then, the work began!
With the completion of the refurbished gym floor, the Center Maintenance crew, along with Administration, have taken steps to protect and maintain the gym floor and the financial investment made on behalf of the tribal membership.
As a result, certain activities will be prohibited on the new gym floor. Activities that may damage the new finish on the flooring will likely cease be held in the gym.
The major concern for the flooring is assuring its pristine condition. Food, un-hygienic substances, debris, and trash were the primary causes of the deterioration of the old floor and presented a major setback in getting the gym refurbished as many hours were spent cleaning the gym before the renovation could take place.
In an effort to make sure our community gym is protected from damaged, only approved activities will be allowed in the gym moving forward.
Center Maintenance is looking into new carpet and/or floor covering that would be utilized to protect the gym floor during certain functions. Before, mats were carried and laid out evenly covering the whole gym. The new carpet and/or floor covering would be stored and simply rolled out.
Also in August, the renovation of the public restrooms began.
Workers had to totally demolish the men’s and women’s restroom in order for new furnishings to be installed.
Pet of the Night
Kids Face Painting
Winner of Best Rez Car
The final events for the day were the Car Show and the Glow Walk. Another first-time event was the Car Show. There were five categories, Best of Show for Child Abuse, Best of Show for Domestic Violence, Best of Show for Sexual Assault, Best of Show for Substance Abuse, and The Best “Rez” Car. There were 25 entries for the car show. The winners of the car show won a trophy and the Best of Show for Child Abuse even won a $100.00 off coupon from Blazin’ Productions D.J., owner Joseph Blazer. The final event of the event was the Glow Walk and families came out and walked around the track and every ¼ mile around the track the walkers were given a glow item, such a blinking rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Overall, the 1st Take a Stand was a success and we are already planning for next year. Thank you to all the volunteers, programs, and others who contributed to this fun but worthwhile event.