NM Senator Benny Shendo, Jr. represents District 22, which includes the Greater Chaco area, home to the Eastern Navajo. His district is also home to the Jicarilla Apache, and the Jemez, Zia, San Felipe, and Santa Ana Pueblo Tribal Nations. "My constituents live in San Juan and Sandoval Counties, and I've travelled those roads," says Senator Shendo. "I've seen what's going on. These are issues that my people are dealing with every day. It should come as no surprise as to why I signed on to this bill. At the end of the day, I have to protect my people. I have to protect what's important, to our Pueblo world and to many others. Chaco Canyon is a World Heritage site...The mineral belt cuts through my district. We still have legacy waste from uranium mining. Companies come in and extract the resources, and I don't think many of these companies even exist today. Our Native communities are left with that legacy waste and now we have to deal with it. We need to live up to our responsibility to protect the resources that are bequeathed to us, so we can bequeath to our children the clean air and clean water and our spiritual and cultural way of life. That's important to us."