Pete Campos

Governor rejects bust for Civil War hero who fought Indians

A proposal to honor a Hispanic leader of Union troops in U.S. Civil War with a bronze bust in the New Mexico state Capitol has been rejected by the governor, as details emerge about the officer's involvement in bloody campaigns against Navajos and other American Indian tribes.

Gov. Susana Martinez will line-item veto the $50,000 proposal for a bust of Manuel Antonio Chaves that was approved by the Legislature within a broader infrastructure bill last month, according to spokeswoman Emilee Cantrell. The money would be better spent on infrastructure for local schools or law enforcement, Cantrell said.

Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, said he requested funding for the Chaves...