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6:05am — Former Mescalero Apache Leader Dies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Carleton Naiche-Palmer, who was tribal president from 2008 to 2010, was 63.


Carleton Naiche-Palmer, who was president of the Mescalero Apache Tribe from 2008 until he was replaced by current President Mark Chino this year, died Saturday in an El Paso hospital at the age of 63, the Ruidoso News reported.

A former tribal councilor, Naiche-Palmer also served as chair of the management board at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, the News said.

He was active in various organizations over the past three decades, including the All Indian Pueblo Council, National Indian Council on Aging, American Indian Business and Technologies and with Sandia National Laboratories, the paper reported.


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Naiche-Palmer held bachelor’s and master’s degree in business and a doctorate in social and economic development, according to the News.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Mescalero Community Center gymnasium with a prayer service scheduled for 6 p.m., and a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the community center, Danny Sisson of the Lagrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso told the News.