LAS CRUCES, NM- Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a former college professor and Trump administration Indian Affairs official running for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, released the following comments on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s plan to provide state residents, including non-citizens and illegal aliens, with free access to public colleges and universities:

“Unfortunately, making public colleges free for even the wealthiest of families will be a big boon to workforce Texas and Arizona. It does nothing to address the lack of high-quality jobs that would keep our college graduates here in New Mexico.

“Ironically, the governor’s proposal depends on booming revenues from the energy sector, which is under attack by radical leftists who support the Green New Deal that would send civilization back to the Stone Age.  

“Having taught at the college and graduate school levels since 1991, I can attest that more than half of what is taught at our public institutions is, at best, economically useless nonsense. If we’re going to subsidize higher education, we owe it to both students and taxpayers to target those resources towards empowering citizens with the kind of skills that will actually add value to New Mexico’s economy.”  

Dr. Clarkson is available for interviews upon request.


About Dr. Clarkson:

In addition to holding both a BA and an MBA from Rice University, Dr. Gavin Clarkson is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where he was president of the Native American Law Students Association, a member of the Federalist Society, and the first tribal member to earn a doctorate from the Harvard Business School.

Named the nation’s “leading scholar in tribal finance” by The Financial Times, Dr. Clarkson has been cited by Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today on matters of tribal finance, economic development, and federal Indian law, subjects he has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Montana, the University of Houston, and New Mexico State University.