Memorial to Evaluate Tribal Community Needs Garners House Support
Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to evaluate tribal community needs passed the House Floor by unanimous consent. House Memorial 75, introduced by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock), and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), requests state agencies to work with tribal advisory groups to develop and recommend policies and legislative considerations.
“The concrete data about the needs of tribal communities that will come from these reccomendations will help us create policies that will have significant impacts on their lives. This memorial is the first step in ensuring that our Native communities have the resources to thrive,” said Rep. Georgene Louis.
“Tonight we passed the first step in a long term plan to improve the lives of Native communities across the state. I’m particularly pleased that this memorial encourages state agencies to work directly with tribal groups to decide how to best serve our communities,” said Rep. Wonda Johnson.
“Our goal is to have lasting impacts on our Native communities. Once we know the best practices, we can do better, and address the essential needs of Native families,” said Rep. Derrick Lente.
HM 75 would address education, behavioral health, social services, and other essential services to better meet the needs of New Mexico’s tribal communities. New Mexico is home to twenty-three sovereign Indian nations, tribes and pueblos that represent nearly twelve percent of the population and land base.
House Democrats know that all New Mexicans deserve access to quality education, healthcare, and other social services in order thrive.