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What We Do

The Sandoval County Tribal Liaison Program was created to ensure that the county's Native American population has equal access to all phases of the electoral process.

How We Serve You

Our team of Tribal Liaison Coordinators is available to assist you to register for and vote in all primary, general, special and school-board elections held within the county. They also offer training and education on the importance of taking part in the voting process.

Program Services

The Tribal Liaison Program offers a wide range of services designed to ensure access to the electoral process for members of the Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia and Sandia, as well as the Navajo Chapters of Counselor, Ojo Encino and Torreon.

These services include voter education and awareness training and voter registration drives. Voting rights coordinators travel across the county throughout the year conducting election-focused presentations, workshops and training sessions at schools, community centers, senior centers and other venues such as community health fairs and conferences.

When necessary, the voting rights coordinators also translate election-related material—including ballots—into the appropriate Native language (Keres, Towa, Navajo).

All information provided by the voting rights coordinators is non-partisan. They never advise voters—including those needing language translation assistance—on which candidates or ballot questions to select.

Program Staff

Peter Madalena
Towa Tribal Liaison
(Note: Mr. Madalena is currently on sabbatical from the County while serving as Lt. Governor of the Jemez Pueblo.)
Please contact one of the other Tribal Liaison Coordinators at this time.

Sheila Herrera
Keres Voting Rights Coordinator
Provides services to the Pueblos of Cochiti, Kewa (Santo Domingo), Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, and Zia in Sandoval County. Offers translation services in the Keres language.
Phone: (505) 980-6099
Email: sherrera@sandovalcountynm.gov

Evelyn Sandoval
Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Tribal Liaison
Provides services to three Navajo Chapters (Counselor, Ojo Encino, and Torreon) and the Jicarilla Apache in Sandoval County. Offers translation services in the Navajo Language.
Phone: 505-238-5600
Email: esandoval@sandovalcountynm.gov


John Butrick
Deputy County Attorney and Tribal Liaison Program Manager
Phone: 505-867-7536
Email: jbutrick@sandovalcountynm.gov