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 School Supply Distribution 8.7.2021

APS INDIAN EDUCATION DEPARMENT SCHOOL SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION – Saturday, August 7, 2021, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. APS City Center, 6400 Uptown Blvd., NE 87110, - ENTER on Indian School Rd., NE, EXIT on Uptown Blvd. FOR TRADITIONAL APS NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS ONLY – NO CHARTER SCHOOLS, NO NACA - STUDENT ENROLLMENT WILL BE CHECKED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. Students MUST have a signed 506 form on file with the Indian Education Department. FACE MASKS REQUIRED For more information, please contact Elizabeth Trujillo @ 505-884-6392, or email:

Posted August 3, 2021

Summer Cultural Enrichment Program is FULL!

The Indian Education Department is having a summer cultural enrichment program at Valley High School this year. It is extremely popular and all the classes are full. The GradPoint program which offers classes for high school students who need to make up credits for graduation is being offered this summer and still has openings for eligible students. Contact Phil Farson at for more information.

Posted May 25, 2021

Indian Education and Indian Parent Committee Meeting May 20, 2021

All Native parents of APS students are invited to join this committee meeting to hear what is happening in the department and share their comments and concerns.

Posted May 19, 2021

 Chief Manuelito Scholarship Information

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance (ONNSFA) is requesting nominations for the 2021-2022 Chief Manuelito Scholarship. Navajo seniors are required to meet all eligibility criteria prior to graduating high school. ONNSFA will review the high school transcript for cumulative grade point average (GPA), corresponding ACT/SAT test score, must earn 1 unit of Navajo Language and 0.5 unit of Navajo Government. Weighted GPAs will be used for high schools that include the information on the final transcript. The Chief Manuelito Scholarship was established in 1980 by ONNSFA to provide merit scholarships to qualified Navajo students who excel academically. The estimated award of $7,000.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year will be awarded early July 2021.

Posted April 14, 2021

Title VI Public Hearing & Indian Parent Committee Meeting

April 15, 2021 5 PM Zoom Meeting

Posted April 12, 2021

 Healthy Native Youth Virtual Conference

Healthy Native Youth Virtual Conference April 26-29, 2021

Posted April 5, 2021

Virtual JOM Public Hearing and Indian Education Committee/Parent Committee Meeting March 18, 2021

The next Johnson O'Malley (JOM) and Indian Education Committee / Indian Parent Committee (IEC/IPP) meeting will be on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5 pm. It will be a zoom meeting.

Posted March 11, 2021

 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

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 a Spiritual Walk Lecture Series – Nov. 23, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Experience in the United States: 500 Years in 5 Minutes

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