Buttigieg gets deafening on tribal roads during a layover in New Mexico

The story was first published by Source New Mexico.

Tribal leaders in New Mexico had a simple message for US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: Give us money to fix roads and mend the broken agreement the federal government has failed to honor.

“So-called federal responsibility is not being met for these tribes,” Ron Shutiva Buttigieg said while in Albuquerque on Wednesday. “This federal responsibility, our great white father, is to take care of all our needs in Indian land because they took away from us the land that we have.”

Shutiva, the tribal liaison for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, hails from Acoma Pueblo and for decades has seen firsthand the problem-solving work tribal nations must do to repair and repair roads, using a funding formula shared between multiple government sources is excited.