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About Us

The Indian Education Department (IED) was established as part of the Albuquerque Public School (APS) district in 1974, with advocacy and representation as the primary purpose for over 123 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes enrolled in the school district.

American Indian/Alaska Native students in traditional clothing.


By working together with schools, parents, and communities, APS Indian Education Department develops enhanced and supportive Indigenous educational opportunities for American Indian/ Alaska Native (AI/AN) students by increasing knowledge of Native values through teaching language and cultural differences.


American Indian/ Alaska Native students will succeed with appropriate support systems, effective teaching and use of culturally relevant methods and strategies.

Who We Are

  • Resources teachers at various elementary, middle schools, and high schools.
  • Zuni and Navajo Language Teachers
  • Home to School Community Liaisons connecting families to appropriate district services for students who may have needs but lack the skills to navigate for educational services for their child or self.
  • College Career Counselor
  • Parent volunteers who collaborate with Tribal Officials, Committees, Indian Parent Committee, Indian Education Committee and the Indian Education Stakeholders Committee.

Programs and Activities We Offer

We offer several programs and activities to serve our students:

  • Native American Studies (NAS)
  • Language classes (Zuni and Navajo)
  • Reading and Math Intervention Programs at elementary and middle schools.
  • Back-to-school supplies, K-12 (fall)
  • Honor roll recognition for students (GPA 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0)
  • Cap and gown reimbursement for graduating seniors
  • College Career Fair for high school students (September)
  • Student leadership development
  • Seals and Stole for graduating seniors
  • Spring Fashion Show (Spring)
  • Annual Winter Stories