LDC and the Pueblo of Laguna hosted an evening of celebration, fine dining, music and entertainment in honor of the Governors of Laguna Pueblo on Wednesday June 17th at Route 66 Casino Hotel.
Governor Virgil Siow along with past Governors Edwin Martinez, Chester Fernando, Tom Dailey, Harry Early, Conrad Lucero, Roland Johnson and Richard Luarkie were in attendance. John Antonio and Irvin Santiago Sr., both unable to attend, were recognized at the event and represented by family members. Floyd Correa and Vicenti Pedro Sr. were also honored. Governor Correa was represented by his widow Margaret and Governor Pedro was represented by several members of his family. Each of the governors received an engraved plaque honoring their contributions to the community and a bolo tie specially handcrafted for the event by Paguate artist Pat Pruitt.
The evening began as guests were welcomed to the Route 66 Grand Ballroom by a jazz trio and hand-passed hors d’oeuvres. The award-winning Route 66 Casino food and beverage team prepared and graciously served a very special meal for the more than 160 guests in attendance. Laguna’s unofficial historian Ron Solimon was the Master of Ceremonies. He shared some of the major accomplishments of each administration and a funny story or two about each of the governors who were honored. The evening concluded with a performance by the hilarious Native American comedy team of James and Ernie.
“LDC was deeply honored for the opportunity to help host such a special evening in recognition of the history and tradition of Laguna Pueblo, “ according to President and CEO Jerry Smith. “It was gratifying to see this group of leaders gathered in one place so all of us could come together and thank these men for their leadership, wisdom and spiritual guidance.”