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.

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

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

NM Indian Livestock Days Conference

May 12-14, 2015
At the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension service is hosting this annual event. The conference This year's program will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. The various aspects of developing a ranch plan will be discussed during the afternoon session. Wednesday, May 13, will have a full day of sessions, including outdoor sessions in the afternoon. Topics will range from an update on wildlife issues, recordkeeping and the latest information regarding raising sheep and goats to an update on the Farm Bill and programs provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. In the afternoon, sessions will take place both inside and outside. Outdoor participants will learn about livestock handling equipment and proper hauling of animals, as well as vaccine and castration procedures. A session will also address the use of solar technology on the ranch. Indoors, session topics will include horse care, value-added marketing and selling meat to schools, and food safety. The conference will conclude at noon on Thursday, May 14. The morning will include updates from cattle growers' organizations, the state veterinarian and New Mexico Livestock Board, as well as a speaker panel for open questions.

Registration costs $75, with advance registration ending May 1. Registration for walk-in on the day of the conference is $100. Online registration and payment is available at The deadline for special room rates at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel is May 1. Attendees may ask for the New Mexico Livestock 2015 group rate of $69 per night.

Arizona 2015 Public Health Law and Science: What Tribes Need to Know Training

June 4-5, 2015
8:00 to 12:00 pm (MDT)
At Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

The University of Pittsburgh, Public Health Training Center is hosting a free workshop designed to improve tribal legal preparedness relating to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. This workshop is open to tribes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The workshop is fully funded, including reimbursement for reasonable travel costs, meals, and lodging.

Registration is limited to two people per tribe. The workshop is possible through a grant to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health from CDC's Public Health Law Program through a sub-award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. E-mail for registration information.

For more information about the training, click on the following link:

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

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:

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

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