Fired U.S. Attorney of New Mexico has Native roots

David Iglesias, the former U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, has Native roots.

Iglesias was born in Panama, where his parents were missionaries. His father was Kuna, a semi-autonomos tribe with three reservations.

Iglesias moved to the United States at a young age and his family settled in New Mexico. He became U.S. Attorney in August 2001 and led efforts to resolve criminal jurisdiction on Pueblo land and to return artifacts to tribes in the Southwest.

Iglesias was ousted last December in what has become a political scandal for the Bush administration. He alleges he was fired for purely political reasons, citing pressure from top Republicans in the state to bring charges against Democrats before the November 2006 election.

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