The skating rink fiasco is not about Pam Gallegos. It’s about the failure of our Tribal Government. It’s about a failure of leadership on the Council and in the Governor’s Office.
Governor Eddie Paul Torres and his Lieutenants are well aware that the Tribal Constitution requires them to obtain Council approval on agreements that bind the Pueblo. See Article IV, Section 5(f).
Here, the Governors failed to get Council approval on the skating rink deal with Albuquerque. Of course, the person on the bottom of totem pole always takes the punishment. In this case, that person happens to be Pam Gallegos.
But, we should not lose focus. Our concern should be — doing what is in the best interests of the Tribe in accordance with our Constitution.
Loaning the skating rink to Albuquerque was not malfeasance. It was a business decision that could’ve gotten our Pueblo positive publicity and it would’ve helped us build a better relationship with the City.
So, it should be clear that the fiasco was not the deal with Albuquerque. The fiasco was the failure of our Tribal Officials ensuring that they were complying with our Constitution in making the deal.
The failure of our current officials damaged our Pueblo’s reputation.
Blaming Pam Gallegos is just trying to find a scapegoat. Instead, we need to carefully examine the problem to understand and find the true causes that created the problem. If we don’t, we are doomed to continue making the same mistakes again and our whole Tribe will continue to suffer.