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Jicarilla Apache Nation president resigns

February 20, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Jicarilla Apache Nation has resigned.

The Farmington Daily Times report s the northwestern New Mexico tribe announced Levi Pesata resigned from office on Friday, citing personal reasons.

The tribe says Vice President Edward Velarde will serve as interim president until a new president takes office.

During a special meeting in Dulce on Friday, the Jicarilla Apache Nation Legislative Council passed a resolution to hold a special election within 60 days to fill the vacancy.

Council members also thanked Pesata for serving five terms in office and for his contributions to the tribe.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com