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.

Events for Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month
November 28, 2014
Native American Heritage Day, Public Law 111-33, 111th Congress

On June 26, 2009, the United State Congress passed a Joint Resolution entitled the "Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009". This Act recognizes Native Americans as the original descendants of the United States, whose people have shown valor by having "more Native Americans per capita serving in the Armed Forces than any other group of Americans". Tribal governments have separation of powers and freedom of speech, and have made distinct contributions to this country. Therefore, Native American Heritage Day is designated the Friday following Thanksgiving of each year, and will emphasize "the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Native American Governments". Click on hyperlink for Public Law 111-33 that commemorates this day. Have a Happy Native American Heritage Day!

  U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

DoD honors the service of Native Americans in having the "highest per capita number of service members in the country of any ethnic group throughout the U.S." Military service is very important in Indian Country and DoD recognizes the substantial contribution and sacrifice by Native Americans for this country. In addition to honoring Native American Heritage Month, DoD also recognizes November 28th this year as Native American Heritage Day, and the theme for this year's observance is "Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever." Click on title for hyperlink to see news article.

  Pinterest Board from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a Pinterest board dedicated to Native American Heritage Month. Click on link to view:

  Native News Online.Net

Click on link for interesting Native American Census Bureau facts during Native American Heritage Month, provided by Native News Online.Net:

  PBS Native American Videos

In honoring Native American Heritage Month, PBS provides us with a collection of programs and videos displaying the cultural contributions of Native Americans. Click on link to see:

Native American Heritage Month

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


2015 American Indian Day - Updates will be posted under the Meetings & Events tab.

February 5-6, 2015

American Indian Day at the New Mexico Legislature

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.