AUSTIN, Texas — Today, the Texas House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 1565 authored by Representative Drew Darby (San Angelo) and Representative Tom Craddick (Midland), which recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of the Jumano Indian Nation to the history of the State of Texas.
“It is a great honor to present this resolution to the Jumano Indian Nation, which has been a vital part of the history of the Lone Star State,” said Representative Darby. “I sincerely thank Bishop Pfeifer, Jumano Tribal Chairman Felix Salmeron, and the entire community and Diocese of San Angelo for their support of this historical initiative.”
“I certainly appreciate the Jumanos people for their generous contributions and friendship to our state,” said Representative Craddick. “I wish to commend and thank Bishop Pfeifer for his years of research and friendship with the Jumanos. He is a dear friend to so many.”
The Jumanos have deep ties to West Texas. First documented in the 1500’s by Spanish explorers, many of the descendants of the Jumanos reside in the 29 counties that comprise the San Angelo Diocese. In 2009, the Diocese, under the direction of Bishop Michael Pfeifer, held a meeting with descendants of the Jumanos to begin the historical initiative. In May 2018, a statue of the “Lady in Blue” was unveiled on the banks of where the two Concho Rivers converge, commemorating the Jumanos religious ties.
The Jumanos are the subject of a documentary and a delegation will be visiting the Vatican this week to visit with Pope Francis to deliver a copy of House Resolution 1565.
Present for the resolution recognition along with many other parishioners were:
- Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI
- Felix Salmeron, Tribal Chairman, Jumano Indian Nation
- Chris Lujan, Co Chair, Jumano Indian Nation
- Tilly Chandler
- Harley Flores
Representative Darby serves House District 72, which includes Coke, Concho, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Reagan, Runnels, Sterling, and Tom Green Counties.
Source: Office of Drew Darby