New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

What We Do

Since 2003 the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has implemented groundbreaking state-tribal policies intended to improve the quality of life for the state's Indian citizens. IAD's policy initiatives are designed to strengthen tribal and state relations and address the challenges we face in our communities; challenges such as economic development, infrastructure improvement, the protection of our cultures and languages, health care accessibility, and educational opportunities for our most precious resource, our children.

On our website, you will learn more about the wonderful work IAD is doing for New Mexico and for the Indian citizens of our great state. As the first and only cabinet level state Indian affairs department in the nation, we continue to set the standard for what is possible when state and tribal governments work together to address mutual concerns in respectful and positive dialogue between sovereign governments.




IAD Announcements


Congratulations to the following Nation and Pueblos in New Mexico who have received federal funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ FY2015 Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program




Category 2: Climate Adaptation Planning
To Develop Climate Adaptation Plans, Vulnerability Assessments, and Data Analysis

Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Project Title: Santo Domingo Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning Initiative
Estimated Tribes Benefitting: 1            Award Amount: $230,550
Project Description: To develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan consisting of analysis of climate change scenarios, vulnerability assessment, and adaptation planning to understand how these changes will impact tribal resources

Ohkay Owingeh
Project Title: Developing a Vulnerability Assessment and Planning Framework to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Ohkay Owingeh’s Riparian Resources
Estimated Tribes Benefitting: 1            Award Amount: $95,521
Project Description: To develop a vulnerability assessment and a climate change riparian adaptation plan that prioritizes future actions and ensures the long‐term viability of riparian ecosystems

Category 3: Travel (Climate)
Travel Support for Climate Adaption Planning Training and Cooperative Efforts

Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah
Estimated Tribes Benefitting: 1            Award Amount: $10,000

Pueblo of Jemez
Estimated Tribes Benefitting: 1            Award Amount: $20,000

Pueblo of Taos
Estimated Tribes Benefitting: 1            Award Amount: $2,608

You can see the full awardee listing here.

Newly Selected Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Indian Affairs Department

The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department announced on June 22, 2015 that Suzette A. Shije has been named Deputy Cabinet Secretary. To read more about Deputy Secretary Shije, click here.

Congratulations to the Walatowa Charter High School

The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department would like to congratulate the Walatowa Charter High School on their 91% Graduation Rate. To read more about their news feature in the Santa Fe New Mexican, click here.

2015 Tribal Infrastructure Fund (TIF) Project Awards

The Tribal Infrastructure Board has released the listing of awardees for the 2015 Tribal Infrastructure Fund, the listing can be found at the following link: 2015 TIF Award Listing




General Announcements





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Taos Pow Wow 2010 State Tribal Leaders Summit Pecos National Monument Breaking Ground IAD Public Relations Photo