In Santa Fe yesterday, hundreds of people gathered at the Roundhouse to support protecting the state’s public lands. Public lands can refer to those administered by federal agencies such as the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, lands protected as state parks or areas overseen by the New Mexico State Land Office. The rally started at the capitol, and then protesters marched to the steps of the State Land Office, looped down Alameda and back to the rotunda. The crowd included a mix of people including sportsmen, students, retirees and conservationists from around New Mexico. It also featured dancing and drumming from students in the Pueblo Pathways Project at the Santa Fe Indian School.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered one of her final commencement speeches to the Santa Fe Indian School Thursday. Obama touched on the background of the school, the background of her own family and how it will inform the future of the graduates. “I heard that when you were first brainstorming about who to invite to your commencement and someone suggested me or my husband, some of you thought that that was an impossible dream, that it just wasn’t realistic to think that people like us would ever visit a school like yours,” Obama said. “Well, today, I want you to know that there is nowhere I would rather be than right here with all of you.” She did not shy away from the history of the school and what its early years represented.
The following is a transcript of First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks at the Santa Fe Indian School, as provided by the White House. Please, please, be seated. Good afternoon, everyone. It is beyond an honor and a pleasure to be with you all today. Of course, I want to start by thanking Hanna and Michael for their wonderful introduction.
Michelle Obama is headed to New Mexico this spring. The White House announced Monday morning that the First Lady would give the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School on May 26. Related: Joe Biden is headed to New Mexico this weekend. This will be one of Obama’s final three commencement speeches while First Lady; the other two are at Jackson State University and City College of New York. The White House says that the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School is part of the White House Generation Indigenous Initiative.