The National Center joins all of Indian Country in mourning the loss of Valentino Rivera. Valentino displayed bravery and poise beyond his young age as he fought against incredible odds for recovery. Valentino’s spirit and resilience was unsurpassed, and he was an inspiration for Native youth in his home state of New Mexico and across the United States. We send our deepest condolences to the Rivera family and the entire Pueblo of Pojoaque community during their time of loss.

Here are photos of Valentino with friends and family.

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