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.


Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Traveling Exhibit and Reception
Sponsored by UNM and the National Library of Medicine

A unique exhibit that explores the connections among wellness, illness and cultural life for contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians is coming to UNM on April 22nd. The opening reception for the exhibit will feature a keynote address by Gayle Diné Chacon, MD, on April 23rd.

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) traveling exhibit, "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness," is coming to UNM this spring. Honoring the Native tradition of oral history, NLM gathered a multitude of healing voices from across the country so that you can hear people's stories in their own words. Healers, elders and other key figures describe how epidemics, loss of land, loss of lives and the inhibition of culture in the 19th and 20th centuries affect the health of Native individuals and communities today. "Native Voices" presents an inspiring story of endurance, resilience and self-determination.

The exhibit will be on display in the auditorium lobby of the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education April 22 - October 18, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. Dr. Gayle Diné Chacon will deliver the keynote address.

Miss Indian World Takes a Ride on the Train

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Miss Indian World will be in Albuquerque to help kick-off the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow Events, April 23-25, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is excited that her first stop will be to make an appearance on the train. Taylor Christianna Thomas is from the Shoshone-Bannock, Kickapoo, and Prairie Band Potawatomi, and resides on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Southeast Idaho. She is a student at Idaho State University, where she is majoring in political science. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet Miss Indian World, up close and personal, on the New Mexico Rail Runner.

Event Schedule

Ride with Miss Indian World on the following trains:

  • Train #506Departs Downtown ABQ at 7:19 am - Arrives at Sandoval/US 550 at 7:58 am
  • Train #509Departs Sandoval/ US 550 at 8:14 am - Arrives at Downtown ABQ at 8:45 am

Related Links

5th Annual Professional Education Program for Behavioral Health Professionals

Sponsored by: Native American Training Institute, Inc.

Date: April 12 - 17, 2015

Location: Embassy Suites, Albuquerque, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Event Flyer:

Registration: (505) 205-3401

Event Info: -or-

Acoma Pueblo Voted Best Native American Experience

In 2014, Acoma Pueblo received TOP HONORS as being voted the BEST NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in the USA.

We are also pleased to announce the release of a TV segment featuring the Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Acoma Pueblo "Sky City" as the Official Best Cultural Attraction in New Mexico for 2013:

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Acoma Pueblo "Sky City" TV Segment

Entrepreneur Boot Camp: Kicking It into Gear

Sponsored by: Four Corners Economic Development

Date: April 25, 2015

Location: Quality Center for Business, San Juan College, 5101 College Blvd., Farmington, NM

Event Flyer:

Registration: (505) 566-3700

Event Info: (505) 566-3699 or

Cannabis in Indian Country Seminar

Law Seminars International will be presenting a one-day seminar on June 8, 2015 in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ. Presentation topics will focus on the implications of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent policy statement regarding marijuana issues in Indian country and will cover tips and strategies for managing cannabis policy on Tribal lands.

Attorneys, Tribal representatives, agency officials, and business professionals involved in, or interested in becoming involved in the cannabis industry are encouraged to attend.

Registration information and agenda details are available on LSI's website at

Criminal Justice Issues in and Around Indian Country

Sponsored by: Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and Hidden Evidence Digital Forensics

Date: May 1, 2015

Location: Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave, Durango, CO

Course Credit: 4.5 General Credits, 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism Credit

Course Agenda: Indian Law 2015.pdf

To register for this class, please visit the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Continuing Legal Education page located at

New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps

Calendar Year 2016/Fiscal Year 2017 Request for Proposals

Application Deadline: Hard copy Applications must be received no later than 4 p. m., MDT, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Any resulting offers based on this Request for Proposals (RFP) are valid until August 1, 2016.

Application Instructions: RFP FY17-Calendar Year 2016 Final.pdf

RFP Website:

Tribal Economic Development in the Southwest Conference

April 16 and 17, 2015
Sandia Resort & Casino
Albuquerque, NM

The Tribal Economic Development in the Southwest Conference is up on our website and off to a great start! Click on Link: Tribal Economic Development in the Southwest.

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

Special provisions are now available for eligible Native Americans through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. For benefit details and enrollment information, please visit

State-Tribal Ebola Preparedness Plan

In light of the recent attention to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa and the possibility of more cases in the United States, IAD, DOH, NMDHSEM and IHS have offered partnership to the Indian nations, tribes and pueblos of New Mexico. A telephone conference was held with the tribal leaders, state departments, and other interested parties on October 24, 2014. A presentation by the Department of Health's Epidemiologists from Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau, as well as the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, provided expertise and also answered questions about this issue. Resources are provided below with contact and reference information to assist in preparedness and address concerns on the Ebola virus.

Preparedness Information:

Contacts for Ebola Concerns:

State Emergency Operations Center (505) 476-9635
Ebola Hot-Line (505) 827-0006
Michael Landen, NMDOH (505) 476-3575
Samuel Swift, NMDOH (505) 476-1788
Marcella Benton, NMDHSEM (505) 476-9690
Evonne Gantz, NMDHSEM (505) 476-9684


January - March 2015

New Mexico State Personnel Office (SPO) Training and Development Bureau

For State Employees: Down below you will find the January - March 2015 Training Schedule coordinated through SPO.

Please register with SPO if you would like to schedule trainings at, or by e-mail to Casey Stone-Romero at

April 16-17, 2015

Tribal Economic Development in the Southwest

Presentation Materials from the August 9, 2013 Tribal Consultation on Order 2013-066

To request additions or corrections to our website, please contact IAD at 476-1600.

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