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 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.

Vision and Mission


New Mexico's Native Americans receive access to critical resources to improve their quality of life and to maintain their cultural heritage.


The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) strives to:

  • Support the Tribal communities' efforts to meet their challenges and expand their opportunities;
  • Leverage state resources for Tribal benefit; and
  • Work to create vital relationships across state, tribal, philanthropic, educational and private sectors for the New Mexico Indian Nations, Tribes and Pueblos.

FY 2018-2019 Strategic Plan


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