Posted at: 08/28/2014 4:53 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2014 4:54 PM
By: Blair Miller, KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE -- Sherrick Roanhorse, the former chief of staff to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, was appointed as the chairman of the Native American Homelessness Task Force Thursday.
Roanhorse is also a former policy analyst for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and a government and legislative affairs specialist with the Navajo Nation in Washington D.C. He is currently working at PNM in State Government Affairs.
The goals of the task force include "identifying current resource and services offered within the City of Albuquerque, the Pueblos, and the Navajo Nation, and assisting in connecting those options to the Albuquerque American Indian/Alaska Native population," along with working to improve the quality of life for Native Americans living in Albuquerque.
"Homelessness is an issue that touches us all, and this is an opportunity to help a segment of the city's population that has been largely overlooked," said Sherrick Roanhorse. "I look forward to partnering with the City of Albuquerque, community stakeholders, and New Mexico's Tribes, Nations, and Pueblos to explore and identify meaningful solutions that enhance the quality of life for Native Americans living in our great city."