Indian Affairs Department Awards Over $540,000 To Special Projects And Tobacco Cessation And Prevention Programs In New Mexico Tribal Communities

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
Professional Development for Tribal Librarians: Archival Training on Print & Digital
Keres Consulting, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $32,206
Youth Diabetes Prevention Program
Keres Children’s Learning Center, Tribal Serving Organization, $49,971
Building Community through an Intergenerational Model of Keres Language Fluency
Pueblo of Pojoaque, Tribal Government, $47,864
Pojoaque Youth Employment and Resilience Project
Below are the awarded Tobacco Cessation Prevention Programs and a description:
Pueblo of Acoma, Tribal Government, $15,094
Smoking Cessation & Prevention
Albuerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $23,200
Commercial Tobacco Cessation & Prevention
Capacity Builders, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $27,795
Tobacco Free
Pueblo of Pojoaque, Tribal Government, $14,338
Be Tough – Don’t Puff Part II
Keres Consulting, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $28,979
Commercial Tobacco Outreach Program
Albuerque Indian Center, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $31,528
Tobacco Cessation
Mescalero Apache Tribe, Tribal Government, $40,471
Tobacco Cessation & Prevention
Native American Community Academy, Tribal Serving Organization, $25,249
Tobacco Cessation & Intervention Program Expansion
Oso Vista Ranch Project, Tribal Serving Organization, $42,646
NM Native American Community Outreach Education