SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced $297,324 in Special Projects funding and $249,300 in Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) funding that was awarded across several tribal communities or tribal serving organizations by the Special Project Grant Program.
During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, IAD received a General Fund Appropriation to support special projects in Fiscal Year 2020 that benefit NM tribal communities. From this appropriation the department made funds available for projects that identify and address a need of tribal communities across New Mexico.
The Indian Affairs Department receives an appropriation from the Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee for Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs. The committee continues to fund the department to direct tobacco cessation and prevention campaigns in tribal communities.
“IAD’s Administrative Services Division works closely with New Mexico tribal governments and tribal serving entities to ensure New Mexico’s tribal communities continue to receive the funding they need in order to provide services and programs to their community members,” Secretary Lynn Trujillo said. “We are proud to be able to fund such important projects through these funds.”
One of the projects funded is with the Keres Children’s Learning Center.
“The goal of our program is to work with community elders and parents to support younger generations as they develop in the Keres language,” said Keres Children’s Learning Center Executive Director Trisha Moquino. “The best way to do native language revitalization is through intergenerational language immersion. This strengthens the language at all age levels and prepares our young people for lifelong bilingualism.
Below are the awarded Special Projects and a description:
New Mexico Kids Matter, Tribal Serving Organization, $33,379
Native American Children in Foster Care Project
Pueblo of Zuni, Tribal Government, $35,000
Zuni Veterans Project
Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Tribal Serving Organization, $49,404
Native MESA: To increase Native students’ motivation and persistence in STEM
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Tribal Serving Organization, $49,500
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