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 Indian Education Division offers help for students!

The Indian Education Division at the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is here to assist prospective and current students navigate their higher education path. Below are resources on key areas that prospective and current students need to consider such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Financial Aid, Institutional Scholarships, and more. If you’re a student and there is something more specific that you have a question about, please contact us using the chat box below. We are here to help!

Posted February 19, 2021

 Info for Parents with Special Needs

Upcoming Workshop Featuring Peter W.D. Wright, Esq Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 “New to Special Education? Basics to know Immediately” 10:00 am to 11:00 am MT

Posted February 18, 2021

Impact Aid and New Mexico Public School Funding Challenges

The State of New Mexico made history in 1974 by creating the Operational Funding formula known as the State Equalization Guarantee (SEG). The new SEG was revolutionary in its intent to move away from reliance on local property taxes to fund operations in local schools. Unfortunately, the State did not pass an equalization funding formula for Public School Capital Outlay in 1976, as was originally planned. The lack of Capital Outlay equalization forced school districts to rely on local property taxes, issuance of general obligation bonds tied to property valuations, and direct legislative appropriations for capital outlay needs. Impact Aid districts, who receive Impact Aid payments to replace lost property taxes and lower bonding capacity, saw millions of dollars swept into the Operational Funding formula. From 1974 to 2002, Impact Aid Districts had little to no ability to replace or repair school facilities and utilized its operational funding to support capital outlay needs. From 2002 to the present, Impact Aid Districts have had to rely on operational funds and an adequacy system to replace or repair school facilities. This presentation will discuss Impact Aid, public school funding changes, funding challenges, and the consequences that these decisions have had on Districts like Gallup-McKinley County Schools.

Posted February 18, 2021

Indian Education Committee Meeting & Indian Parent Committee Meeting

Topic: IEC Quarterly & IPC Monthly Meetings Time: Feb 18, 2021 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Posted February 9, 2021

 Virtual Youth Job & Volunteer Fair

One Albuquerque Youth Job & Volunteer Fair 2021

Posted January 29, 2021

 High School Native American Classes 2021-2022

Native American Classes COURSES Native American Government/Economics and Native Studies I and II Native American Leadership Navajo History and Government Navajo I and II Shiwi’Ma Bena: We/Zuni Language I and II These classes are open to Native American students.

Posted January 26, 2021

 CareLink NM Program at UNM

CareLink is a community program that helps you or your loved one access behavioral health and medical services in Albuquerque. Through CareLink, we'll help you: Find providers Schedule appointments Coordinate your care Connect with community services Learn about your diagnosis and medications

Posted January 26, 2021

Next Indian Parent Committee is February 18, 2021

Next Indian Parent Committee is February 18, 2021

Posted January 22, 2021

Transfer Policy Changes for Native American students.

This is to notify you of changes to the district “Transfer” policy which impacts our students who attend Albuquerque Public Schools from the following surrounding communities;

Posted January 22, 2021

 Stories by the Fireside: A Pueblo Tradition

Students from the Indian Education Department were featured in this special presentation.

Posted December 19, 2020

 New Mexico Native Teacher Students Language and Culture

Mila Padilla grew up in Shiwina (Zuni village) and heard Zuni spoken on the playground and from her grandmother. She never attempted to speak it herself until she moved in with her grandmother, where it was required. She did everything with her grandmother, from cooking and gardening to attending church and praying. By the time her grandmother had passed, the Zuni language and culture had been instilled in Mila.

Posted December 14, 2020

Indigenous Learning Presentation 12.14.2020

Via Zoom, 5:30pm – 7pm Meeting ID: 916 3352 0500 / Passcode: 5GDnFu

Posted December 11, 2020

 City of Albuquerque Community Impact Fund

The City of Albuquerque through CARES Act funding has created the CABQ Community Impact Fund, offering $2,000 to qualified applicants. Applications will open Dec. 7, 2020. The CABQ Community Impact Fund seeks to provide a one-time emergency COVID-19 grant of $2,000 to Albuquerque families experiencing financial hardship.

Posted December 3, 2020

 Indigenous Learning Presentation 11.30.2020


Posted November 30, 2020

 Venue change for drive through food distribution.

The Drive Through Food Distribution is no longer at the Nusenda stadium on Saturday, November 21, 2020. It is a now over several days and YOU MUST CALL TO RSVP to arrange a pick up time. November 20, 21, 23, 24 & 25, 2020 From 9:00 - 2:00 pm Traditional Wellness Program Parking Lot 625 Truman St NE (please follow all signs) The following will be distributed: Turkey Voucher Gift Cards, Non-Perishable Foods, Hand Sanitizer, Reusable Bags, Community Resources. Pick-Up is by RSVP sign up, first-come/first serve basis and for Native American families and individuals. To arrange a Pick-Up date/time, please contact Veronica Johnson at (505) 515-3918 or by email at

Posted November 20, 2020

 Culturally Responsive American Indian Education: A Native Science Approach


Posted November 19, 2020

 Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Virtual Open House

Institute of American Indian Arts Virtual Open House

Posted November 13, 2020

 JASMINE YEPA, Policy Analyst - Native American Budget and Policy Institute

TITLE: Yazzie / Martinez Decision Then and Now SYNOPSIS OF PRESENTATION: An overview of the Yazzie/Martinez vs. The State of New Mexico education lawsuit with updates from the most recent court activity, grassroots efforts and movement in Indian education advocacy.

Posted November 12, 2020

 Indigenous Life Celebration 2020

November 19 - 21, 2020 Sponsored by First Nations, APS Indian Education Department, and City of Albuquerque

Posted November 5, 2020

 Indian Education November 2020 Calendar

Indian Education November 2020 Native American Appreciation and Recognition Month

Posted October 29, 2020

 Indigenous Learning A Spiritual Walk Lecture Series

The APS Indian Education Department will be sponsoring the following lecture series; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7, 14 5:30 – 7 pm

Posted October 29, 2020

 Native American Senior Parent Night October 20,2020

Parents and seniors are invited to attend a virtual information night to learn more about preparation for seniors after high school. This will be hosted by Sara Money, College Career Resource Counselor with the Indian Education Department.

Posted October 21, 2020

 Navajo Nation Office of the Controller Hardship Assistance

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Oct. 9, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez approved Legislation No. CS-74-20 which added more than $49 million to the CARES Fund Hardship Assistance Expenditure Plan and approved Legislation No. CS-73-20 that provides $90 million for Navajo Nation Chapters for additional coronavirus relief aid. Both programs are funded by the $714 million Coronavirus Relief Fund. The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller is ready to help ensure expenditures, monitoring, compliance and reporting of the distributed funds which will provide much-needed relief to members of the Navajo Nation affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted October 21, 2020

 Bernalilo County approved rent and utility assistance

Bernalillo County commissioners have approved the opening of the Bernalillo County CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Rental and Utility Assistance grant for qualified county residents.

Posted October 21, 2020

 American Indian Law School Scholarship at Harvard Law School

American Indian Law School Scholarship at Harvard Law School is now open. January 31, 2021 Deadline

Posted September 24, 2020

Wesleyan University Office of Admission

Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic, Wesleyan is unable to host our annual fall fly-in program on campus.

Posted September 11, 2020

StoryTeller August 2020

Indian Education Newsletter August 2020 StoryTeller

Posted August 27, 2020

Back to School Supplies

Indian Education is offering back to school on August 20, 2020 at Nusenda Community Stadium.

Posted August 11, 2020

Special Native American Classes for High School Student

Special Native American Classes for High School Student including Navajo and Zuni language and leadership classes at the Career Enrichment Center (CEC).

Posted August 10, 2020

 Free Food Distribution 08.12.2020

Free Food Distribution Drive Thru August 12, 2020 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm (or until supplies last) New Mexico State Fairgrounds Copper Entrance off San Pedro Sponsored by Native Leadership Collective Members (Click for flyer with moe details)

Posted August 10, 2020