Richardson announces $5 million in tribal infrastructure awards

Santa Fe, New Mexico (ICC) 10-08

Governor Bill Richardson  announced $5 million dollars for 16 key tribal infrastructure and planning projects across the state. Tribal communities across New Mexico will receive an additional $12.2 million from other state, federal, and tribal governments for a total of $17.2 million dollars.

“I am furthering my commitment to New Mexico’s Native American community by investing in much-needed infrastructure, planning and basic services,” said Governor Richardson. “We are working to improve the quality of life in New Mexico’s tribes and pueblos.”

The Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board reviewed 26 infrastructure project proposals totaling over $9.7 million dollars in requests. Proposals included requests for water and wastewater systems, electrical power lines, community buildings, bathroom additions, health and emergency response facilities, and community planning and development assistance.

Said Secretary Warren, “The Tribal Infrastructure Fund is an invaluable initiative of Governor Richardson’s administration, and addresses the urgent needs of replacing, improving and developing tribal infrastructure essential to enhanced health, safety and welfare of all Indians in New Mexico.”

The largest state TIF investment this year totaled $750,000 and will be used to fund Zia Pueblo Ambulatory Healthcare Center, a facility that will deliver primary care and specialty care in a culturally appropriate setting for its community.