'Tonita' sculpture donated to Domenici Institute

Posted at: 04/24/2013 8:06 AM | Updated at: 04/24/2013 8:07 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A sculpture given as a gift to a long-time aide to former Sen. Pete Domenici is returning to New Mexico.

New Mexico State University announced this week that "Tonita," the name of a bronze sculpture of a Native American maiden created by New Mexico-based artist Glenna Goodacre, has been donated to the Pete V. Domenici Institute for Public Policy.

The sculpture was given to Angela Raish when she retired in 1998 after 21 years of service to the Republican senator.

The 92-year-old Raish says she decided to donate the statue to the institute as she prepared to leave her Washington, D.C.-area home for a retirement home.

Officials say the sculpture will be displayed inside a replica of the retired senator's Capitol Hill office.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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