Dozens of decorated vehicles passing through the village of Taos Pueblo on Saturday (June 19) were greeted by cheering community members at each corner. Organized by the Taos Pueblo Education and Training Division, the drive-by celebration honored the achievements of 41 college, high school and eighth grade graduates. Taos Pueblo Governor Clyde Romero Sr. welcomed the crowd and congratulated graduates, followed by an invocation from War Chief Fred Romero and speeches from Tribal Secretary Dwayne Lefthand Jr. and Lt. War Chief Steven Archuleta.
"It's been a hard year for everybody," Tribal Secretary Dwayne Lefthand Jr. said to the audience. "We're looking at better days moving forward. So continue your education. … Be careful when you're out there and never forget where you came from."
Hail Creek Drum Group performed an honor song before the graduates lined up in their vehicles to receive gifts and certificates from Tribal government.