USS MESA VERDE


Ship Sponsor

Mrs. Linda Price CampbellMrs Linda Price Campbell, sponsor of MESA VERDE, LPD 19, was born and raised in Montrose, Colorado. She lived on the family’s 3,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch in Cimarron, Colorado in the summer and in Montrose, Colorado in the fall and winter. She earned a B.A. in secondary education with an art minor from Western State College in Gunnison, CO. She has over 23 years of teaching experience in Elementary, Junior High and High Schools in Montrose, Carmichael, and Ignacio, Colorado.

In 1966 she married Ben Nighthorse Campbell. During the years they have raised, bred, and shown champion American Quarter Horses; maintained a working 260-acre horse and cattle ranch; and operated a jewelry business, Nighthorse, Inc. As President of Nighthorse, Inc, Mrs Campbell has represented the company at art shows; consignments to galleries nationwide; promotional activities on behalf of Native American and Western Art, and been directly involved within the community of both Native American artists and western art.

Starting in 1982, she supported her husband in nine political campaigns including four statewide campaigns for U.S. Senate. For many of these state legislative and Federal congressional campaigns she was Bookkeeper, chief correspondent and FEC report manager. During their past 18 years in Washington, Mrs Campbell has met dozens of state and world leaders. Additionally, she was involved in the Senate Slickers project, which introduces Washington D.C. legislators to rural, ranch lifestyle and is aimed at preservation of small ranches. She also developed the Continental Divide Trail Senate Ride. After a lifetime of community involvement, including many years of local school board committee work and the founding of two 4-H Horse clubs, she is currently co-chairman of the Nighthorse exhibit for the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian, Co-Chairman for Signature Series for Mercy Hospital, and sits on the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

The Campbells have two children: son Colin and daughter Shanan. In 2005, at the conclusion of his Senate term, Mrs. and Senator Campbell will return to Colorado.

Activities and Accomplishments

  • Raised, showed and bred champion American Quarter Horses, with Sailor’s Night campaigning to both AQHA Champion and AQHA Supreme Champion, 33rd Supreme, 1969-present
  • President of Nighthorse, Inc., 1972-present
  • 4-H Horse Club Leader, founded two 4-H Horse Clubs. Sponsor of State Champion/Jr. Team and recipient of Gov. Lamm award. 1978-86
  • Member, Board of Directors, Southwest Mental Health, Durango, CO, 1982-1984
  • Helped organize and manage “The Four Corners Quarter Horse Circuit” 1979-81
  • Taught horsemanship and riding classes. 1979-86
  • Board of directors of Adult Education, Ignacio, CO, 1997-present
  • Co-chair of “Colorado Ag Family” Colorado State Fair, 1999
  • Helped secure $1,000,000 thru federal appropriations for the completion of the new Southwest Studies complex, Ft Lewis College, Durango, CO.
  •  Member, Board of Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. 1992-93
  • Consultant for Western Land Group, Inc. working on land exchanges, 2000-present
  • Consultant for Continental Divide Trail Alliance, 2000-present
  • Board of Trustee Fort Lewis College- Durango Colorado, 2000-present
  • President, Voice Assets. LLC, 2000- present
  • Developed the Continental Divide Trail Senate Ride, 2002-present
  • Co-chairman of the Nighthorse exhibit for the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian, 2003-2004
  • Co-Chairman for Signature Series, for Mercy Hospital, 2001-present