The Native American Democratic Caucus of New Mexico (NADCNM) and Native American advocacy organizations gathered outside the Republican Party of New Mexico headquarters yesterday to condemn Mark Moores’ recent comments about his ancestors “civilizing” the Southwest.
Moores’ remarks have drawn widespread condemnation from Native and tribal leaders, including Representative Sharice Davids, who called the remarks “insulting.” Other leaders such as State Representative Derrick Lente, Diné Equality Founder Alray Nelson, and NADCNM Chair Tweety Suazo have also spoken out on the issue.
Senator Moores has refused to apologize for his racist comments, calling the response from the Native American community a “joke.” The Republican Party of New Mexico responded to the peaceful protest yesterday by calling the police.
“Mark Moores’ racist comments have been a slap in the face to the Native American communities who he claims he wants to represent,” said DPNM Chair Jessica Velasquez. “Instead of apologizing and listening to the communities that have been harmed by this rhetoric, he’s trying to dodge the conversation and justify his language. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and disqualifying.”