JAMES R MOUNTAIN
Governor James Mountain went into business by creating Mountain+Associates, LLC that specializes in tribal and governmental affairs. He has positioned his business to focus on helping non-tribal entities navigate and understand the governmental and business practices of tribes.
Governor Mountain successfully completed a second term as Governor of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso in 2015-2018. He has a B.A. in Business Management from the College of Santa Fe in 2008, and has worked to apply his education and experience to support tribal and local initiatives.
During his time as Governor, he served, at the request of tribal leaders, as Chair of the Albuquerque Indian School District Governing Council, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council Board of Governors, the Santa Fe Indian School Sub-Committee, and USDA-FDPIR Tribal Consultation Working Group.
Currently, he serves on the Albuquerque Indian School District Oversight Commission, United Way of Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos Public Schools Native American Parent Advisory Council, and the Native Farm Bill Coalition. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his kids, outdoors and on the golf course.
Mr. Carleton Bowekaty is the Lieutenant Governor for the Pueblo of Zuni, and the Co-Chair of the Bears Ears Commission. He previously served as a Tribal Councilman from 2015 to 2018, and has been Zuni’s representative on the Bears Ears Tribal Coalition since its inception, working closely with Zuni’s traditional leaders to identify the cultural sites and resources within the Bears Ears National Monument of importance to Zuni .
Lieutenant Governor Bowekaty graduated from Zuni High School and attended New Mexico State University. He served our country in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2009. During his eight years of service, Mr. Bowekaty received numerous commendations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Bowekaty continued his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico at Gallup.
Mr. Bowekaty’s official responsibilities include the oversight of issues related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the protection of sacred/cultural sites throughout the Southwestern United States for the Pueblo of Zuni.
HELEN B. PADILLA
Helen B. Padilla, Esq., is the Director of the American Indian Law Center, Inc. (AILC). AILC is the oldest existing Indian-controlled and Indian-managed legal and public policy organization in the U.S. Helen is a member of the Pueblo of Isleta.
Helen has served as General Counsel and Tax Administrator for the Pueblo of Tesuque, and as General Counsel for the cabinet-level Indian Affairs Department for the State of New Mexico, appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson. She was also a senior staff attorney for the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut for more than seven years, assistant regional counsel for the Social Security Administration in Denver, and a legal intern with the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C.
She received her Juris Doctorate, with a Certificate in Indian Law, and her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the New Mexico Bar, and is also admitted to practice law in Colorado and Connecticut.
Currently, Helen is Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors of AILC, and serves as an Oversight Commissioner for the 19 Pueblos District located in Albuquerque, NM. She also serves as Secretary of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section Executive Board. She was Vice-Chair of the Laguna Pueblo Gaming Control Board from 2008-2012, and served five years on the Board of Directors for the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, serving as Chair of the Board in 2009. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at UNM School of Law, teaching State-Tribal Relations, and currently serves on the Indian Law Faculty committee.