Regional
7:56 am
Thu December 1, 2011

2 NM Students To Be Honored At White House

New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) A pair of students from two New Mexico pueblos will be honored as "champions of change" during a ceremony at the White House.

Emmet Yepa of Jemez Pueblo and Tiffany Calabaza of Kewa Pueblo are among the 11 Native American youth who are being recognized for their work to improve the lives of those around them.

The students will share their stories and attend Thursday's White House Tribal Nations Conference.

Yepa helped form a recycling group at Jemez. The group educates students at local schools and has put up recycling bins around the pueblo.

Calabaza is a student at Colorado College. She helped bring renewable energy to her hometown of Kewa by working with her advisor and tribal leaders to convert a community windmill into a solar water pumping station.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. KRWG