New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2008
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Fred R. Lujan

Fred R. Lujan is a native of the Pueblo of Isleta. He began his career in public service over 40 years ago serving in the Vietnam War for four years. After he returned home he served with the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Northern Pueblos Agency in Santa Fe serving the housing needs of the Eight Northern Pueblo Tribes.

He then went to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development directing Indian Housing Management in New Mexico,Arizonaand the entire Navajo Nation. He also served the All Indian Pueblo Council as a Facilities Planner for the organization which is the political arm of all 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico. He went on to the Southern Pueblos Agency in Albuquerque to serve as Assistant Superintendent for the Agency that provides services to the ten Southern Pueblos Tribes. He was responsible for assuring Federal trust services to these tribes in the areas of law enforcement, Social Services, Trust and Natural Resources Services, Forestry, Realty, Tribal Operations, Housing and Roads.

Later he became Superintendent of the Mescalero Apache Agency. And then later was promoted to Assistant Area Director for the Albuquerque Area of the BIA. And retired as Superintendent of the Southern Pueblos Agency after 32 years of Federal service. Then in 1997 he was elected as Governor of the Pueblo of Isleta for a two year term. He has also served in an advisory capacity to the New Mexico State Fair, as a board member of New Mexico First, and as a consultant on Indian affairs to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso .

He was later elected back in Isleta Pueblo to the Tribal Council. After this he was appointed to serve as Commissioner on the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission. And then back again to the Isleta Pueblo Tribal Council. He was also appointed by traditional leaders of the Pueblo to serve in a traditional capacity as War Captian and continues to serve as a lifelong traditional leader in the pueblo.