U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales
Kenneth J. Gonzales
District of New Mexico
There’s a lot of good things happening in Indian Country. There’s a lot of efforts by our Native American leaders to bring jobs and to improve access to education. So there is a lot of good things, I think, to tout—to discuss—when we’re talking about Indian Country.
But in addition to that, it’s very clear—especially when you’re a prosecutor—the challenges Native American leaders have to improve the lives of the people in their community.
FBI in New Mexico, in the District of New Mexico, and so many other places around the country—South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana—have a very strong presence in some of these communities, and have been doing very difficult work, doing it in a very good way for years and years and years. And so we rely tremendously on their expertise.
And really, so many of our agents have it within their heart—having chosen the field of law enforcement—to try to make a difference to the young lady who’s being victimized, to the young 5-year-old, for example, who’s being sexually abused, to the 80-year-old woman who is being beaten by her 16-year-old grandson or great grandson.
It’s those kinds of issues that we have that need immediate responses from law enforcement. And the FBI is key to that whole picture.