New Native American Budget And Policy Institute launches Tuesday

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty News:

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — The new Native American Budget and Policy Institute (Institute) will launch Tuesday, Feb. 27 with the swearing in of its Governance Council at a reception at Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo.

The Institute will conduct research, budget and policy analysis, social justice advocacy, litigation, and community lawyering to empower Native American communities to create self-determined and systematic change that will improve their health, education, and economic well-being.
The Institute seeks to forge an unprecedented collaborative pathway to racial equity in New Mexico and across the nation. By working in cooperation with Native American scholars at the University of New Mexico, graduates of the Pueblo Indian Doctoral Program, as well as with tribal elders, the Institute will coordinate research activity across the state to inform public policy decisions and public resource allocation at all levels of government through a Native American lens.

The Institute will work in cooperation with the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School and utilize the resources available at UNM as well as the expertise of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at UNM and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. It will also engage and mentor young Native American researchers and students in a variety of projects.
The Institute is a project of the RWJF Center for Health Policy and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and funded, in part, by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). The Institute is an outgrowth of the work and ideas of the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School.
The Institute launch and swearing-in reception of Governance Council
Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tamaya Resort and Spa
1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004

Regis Pecos, Institute Co-Founder and Leadership Institute Co-Director (Cochiti)
Alvin Warren, WKKF Program Officer for New Mexico Programs (Santa Clara)
Gabriel Sanchez, Institute Co-Founder and Executive Director of the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM
Edward Tabet-Cubero, Institute Co-Founder and New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Executive Director
Sireesha Manne, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Interim Executive Director
Cheryl Fairbanks, Esq., Institute Interim Executive Director (Tlingit/Tsimpshian)
The Institute’s Governance Council includes: Robert Apodaca, Motiva Corporation COO; Hon. Arthur Blazer, Mescalero Apache President (Mescalero Apache); Dr. Gayle Chacon, Jemez Health and Human Services Interim Director (Diné); Hon. Walter Dasheno, former Governor of Santa Clara Pueblo (Santa Clara); Tara Gatewood, Native America Calling Host and Producer (Isleta/Diné); Dr. Michael Lipsky, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow; Dr. Ken Lucero, Field Officer for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (Zia/Cochiti); Patricia Salazar Ives, Esq., Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP Partner; Dr. Joseph Suina, UNM College of Education Professor Emeritus and former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo (Cochiti); Ingeborg Vicenti, Dulce Public Schools Mental Health Therapist (Jicarilla Apache); and Hon. Robert Yazzie, Native Nations Institute International Advisory Council Member at the University of Arizona and Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation (Diné). 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy is a collaborative project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of New Mexico. The purpose of the Center is to increase the diversity of those with formal training in the fields of economics, political science and sociology who engage in health services and health policy research. Particularly, the Center seeks to become a nationally recognized locus for health policy research that will support work to inform health policy debates at multiple levels.
The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy, and litigation. We work with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities, and protect the rights of people living in poverty.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit
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