New Mexico Center
on Law and Poverty News:
SANTA ANA PUEBLO The new Native American Budget and Policy
Institute (Institute) will launch Tuesday, Feb. 27 with the swearing
in of its Governance Council at a reception at Tamaya Resort in
Santa Ana Pueblo.
The Institute will conduct research, budget and policy analysis,
social justice advocacy, litigation, and community lawyering to
empower Native American communities to create self-determined and
systematic change that will improve their health, education, and
The Institute seeks to forge an unprecedented collaborative pathway
to racial equity in New Mexico and across the nation. By working
in cooperation with Native American scholars at the University of
New Mexico, graduates of the Pueblo Indian Doctoral Program, as
well as with tribal elders, the Institute will coordinate research
activity across the state to inform public policy decisions and
public resource allocation at all levels of government through a
Native American lens.
The Institute will work in cooperation with the Leadership
Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School and utilize the resources
available at UNM as well as the expertise of the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at UNM
and the New Mexico Center on Law
and Poverty. It will also engage and mentor young Native American
researchers and students in a variety of projects.
The Institute is a project of the RWJF Center for Health Policy
and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and funded, in part,
by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). The Institute is an outgrowth
of the work and ideas of the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe
The Institute launch and swearing-in reception of Governance Council
Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Tamaya Resort and Spa
1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004
Regis Pecos, Institute Co-Founder and Leadership Institute Co-Director
Alvin Warren, WKKF Program Officer for New Mexico Programs (Santa
Gabriel Sanchez, Institute Co-Founder and Executive Director of
the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM
Edward Tabet-Cubero, Institute Co-Founder and New Mexico Center
on Law and Poverty Executive Director
Sireesha Manne, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Interim Executive
Cheryl Fairbanks, Esq., Institute Interim Executive Director (Tlingit/Tsimpshian)
The Institutes Governance Council includes: Robert Apodaca,
Motiva Corporation COO; Hon. Arthur Blazer, Mescalero Apache President
(Mescalero Apache); Dr. Gayle Chacon, Jemez Health and Human Services
Interim Director (Diné); Hon. Walter Dasheno, former Governor
of Santa Clara Pueblo (Santa Clara); Tara Gatewood, Native America
Calling Host and Producer (Isleta/Diné); Dr. Michael Lipsky,
Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow; Dr. Ken Lucero, Field Officer
for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (Zia/Cochiti); Patricia Salazar Ives,
Esq., Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP Partner; Dr. Joseph Suina, UNM College
of Education Professor Emeritus and former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo
(Cochiti); Ingeborg Vicenti, Dulce Public Schools Mental Health
Therapist (Jicarilla Apache); and Hon. Robert Yazzie, Native Nations
Institute International Advisory Council Member at the University
of Arizona and Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation (Diné).
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center
for Health Policy is a collaborative project between the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
and the University of New Mexico.
The purpose of the Center is to increase the diversity of those
with formal training in the fields of economics, political science
and sociology who engage in health services and health policy research.
Particularly, the Center seeks to become a nationally recognized
locus for health policy research that will support work to inform
health policy debates at multiple levels.
The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is
dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education,
advocacy, and litigation. We work with low-income New Mexicans to
improve living conditions, increase opportunities, and protect the
rights of people living in poverty.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930
as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer,
Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations
in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should
have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities
to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize
their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek Mich., and works
throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with
sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where
there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face
significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S.
are in Michigan, Mississippi New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally
are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.