Memorial to Evaluate Tribal Community Needs Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Memorial to Evaluate Tribal Community Needs Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to evaluate tribal community needs passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee. House Memorial 75, sponsored by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock), and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), would request that state agencies work with tribal advisory groups to develop and recommend policies and legislative considerations.

“The state needs concrete data about the needs of tribal communities in order to create effective policies that would 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.

“This initiative is part of a long-term plan to improve the lives of Native peoples in New Mexico. It is especially important that state agencies are working directly with tribal groups to decide how to best serve our communities,” said Rep. Wonda Johnson.

“Attaining this information will have lasting effects on our Native communities. Once we know better, we can do better, and addressing the essential needs of our communities will have a positive impact on our entire state,” 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.