All events below are hosted by Tribal departments/programs and enterprises. Take a look at the upcoming Christmas events happening around Mescalero!
$300 per tribal member
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Mescalero Community Center-Gymnasium: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NOTE: Children’s Court, Power of Attorney, Guardianship & Court Holds will be distributed at the South Hall.
Deductions up to 50% of this dividend will be taken only for child support in arrears.
Please remember notes for picking up checks must be approved by President, Vice President, or designee. Please have your identification ready to verify.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Mescalero Community Center – South Hall
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
NOTE: Checks will be mailed on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for
Tribal Members residing off the reservation. Please verify your correct mailing address to Crystal Lester by noon on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019.
Check mailing information:
- Checks will be mailed on Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
- Checks will be mailed to out of town residents only
- if you reside in Mescalero, Ruidoso, Tularosa or Alamogordo (locals) and would like your check mailed, please notify the Finance Department no later than Friday, December 6th, 2019 by 12:00 pm
- If you are an out of town resident and do not want your check mailed, please notify Finance no later than Friday, December 6th by 10:00 am
- Please have all address changes to Crystal Lester, Tribal Executive Secretary no later than Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 by noon
- All address changes will need to be made with Crystal Lester
- Once the checks are placed in the mail, they become property of the US Postal service- we cannot go back and request for a check to be pulled or recovered
- All returned checks will go directly to Tribal Finance
- Please call Crystal Lester with any address changes
- Tribal Finance will then contact Crystal Lester for an updated address
- If an updated address is not received, the check will remain in Tribal Finance until a new address has been received
- Once Tribal Finance receives the updated address, the check will be mailed out the next business day
- If you lose a check or it is stolen, you will need to notify the Tribal Finance Department
- A request to place a stop payment will need to be completed. There is a $35 stop payment fee
- The stop payment takes approximately 3 business days
- Once the stop payment has been approved, it will be re-issued the next business day
Things to remember:
- Notes are accepted only with the approval of the President, Vice-President or designee.
- Please have an ID available, as the individuals distributing dividend may not know you, and will need to verify your identity
- If you are under the influence, your check will not be distributed to you
- Early check releases are not allowed
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Late afternoon on November 18, 2019, Associate Judge Martina Gauthier sworn in Tammy Torres, former Councilwoman, as the new Vice-President of the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
The tribe has gained another leader – Congratulations!
“People’s Tree” Delivering Enchantment on cross–country journey from New Mexico to Washington D.C.
MESCALERO, NM Oct. 15, 2019 – Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Carson National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way including an appearance in Mescalero on Friday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Community Center.
Under the theme of Delivering Enchantment, the 60-foot tall Blue Spruce will be cut on the Questa Ranger District on Nov. 6 and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. The journey will include a series of community celebrations Nov. 11-25 throughout New Mexico and across the U.S. and culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with 10,000 handmade ornaments created by New Mexicans.
Festivities during the tree’s visit to Mescalero on Friday Nov. 15th will include social songs and dancing, hot cocoa, live singing by Head Start students, and more. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
“We are pleased to host the U.S. Capitol Christmas on our beautiful reservation on its way to Washington, D.C.” said President Gabe Aguilar. “Our Tribe looks forward to being a part of this gift to the nation and the enjoyment it will bring to our own community this holiday season.”
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. Sponsors include Kenworth Truck Company, Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, Spireon, Inc., Elvis Duran & Alex Carr, Hale Trailer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Alaska Airlines, Meritor, PNM Resources, TravelCenters of America, Truckload Carriers Association, Great West Casualty Company, Taos County, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, National Forest Foundation, Christmas Tree Promotion Board, National Press Club and LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc.
“We are grateful to the host cities such as Mescalero who play a vital part of bringing the tree across the country and this annual celebration”, said Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors.”
For more information on the Mescalero event, visit www.mescaleroapachetribe.com. For news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit uscapitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Carson National Forest
Located in northern New Mexico, the Carson NF is one of five national forests in the state and one of the 11 national forests in USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region. The Carson NF’s 1.5 million acres include some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest, where elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico. The Carson NF offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout all four seasons of the year. The Carson NF has 400 miles of sparkling clean mountain streams and numerous lakes. Its five wilderness areas encompass 86,193 acres of peace and tranquility. Learn more at fs.usda.gov/carson.
USDA Forest Service
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land; provides assistance to state and private landowners; and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. For more information, see www.fs.fed.us.
Choose Outdoors works to increase all American’s enjoyment, appreciation and support for outdoor recreation activities that connect them to our public lands. These connections will ensure that our public lands will always be there for future generations to cherish. www.chooseoutdoors.org.
Congratulations to the candidates!