By Colleen Keane, Navajo Times
July 29, 2021

A top staffer at the New Mexico Legislature, Rachel Gudgel, has been under fire for allegedly making derogatory comments about Native American education and culture.

Tribal leaders and a growing number of allies want her removed from her position as director of the Legislative Education Study Committee.

Also protesting her comments, Regis Pecos, former governor of Cochiti Pueblo, who has been a legislative advisor for more than three decades, handed in his resignation, according to his June 15 letter.

“I deeply regret I no longer in good conscience can continue to be part of a system and institution that represents the perpetuation of systemic and institutional racism against our beloved people,” he wrote.

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