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New Mexico
Environment Department

Tribal Liaison

On February 1, 2005, governor Bill Richardson signed Executive Order No. 2005-004 directing 17 state agencies, including the Environment Department, to adopt pilot tribal consultation plans to address department operations and interaction involving New Mexico’s 22 tribal governments and their communities, and tribal members.

In response to this directive, NMED established a Tribal Liaison position within the Office of the Secretary. The Tribal Liaison coordinates and oversees departmental activities that may impact New Mexico Indian Pueblo, Tribe or Nation’s environmental resources. Additionally, the Tribal Liaison serves as a tribal intergovernmental relations resource within NMED.


New Mexico State-Tribal Collaboration Act

New Mexico Annual State-Tribal Collaboration Report for 2018

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State Tribal Executive Orders, Agreements and Policy Statements:

NMED Tribal Communication and Collaboration Policy

Executive Order No. 2005-004 : Statewide Adoption of Pilot Tribal Consultation Plans

Executive Order No. 2005-003 : Adoption of Statewide Tribal Consultation Policy on the Protection of Sacred Places and Repatriation

February 1, 2005 – Press Release : New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Signs Historic Executive Orders and Enters MOU with Navajo Nation

2003 Statement of Policy and Process entered into with the nineteen Pueblos, Navajo Nation, and Mescalero Apache Tribe

Additional Tribal Environmental Links:

2017 Tribal Government Officials – Indian Affairs Department (web site)

Tribal Lands & Indian Country in NM

New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

Navajo Nation EPA

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council Inc. Office of Environmental Technical Assistance

US EPA Tribal Programs

Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) – Tribal Resources

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Tribal Pollution Prevention

Indigenous Environmental Network

Native Americans and the Environment – National Council for Science and the Environment

National Congress of American Indians – State/Tribal Relations



NMED Tribal Liaison

Kathryn Becker



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