Indian Pueblo Cultural Center receives $15,000 grant for Native American makerspace/incubator

Pictured: L–R Indian Pueblo Cultural Center board members Bruce Bleakman, Chris L. Baca, James Roger Madalena, New Mexico Gas Company's Economic Development and Community Affairs Manager Mary Homan, and New Mexico Gas Company's Director of Native American Government Relations Ted Garcia.(Photo: Joel Wigelsworth, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Marketing)

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Grant received from New Mexico Gas Company and its parent company Emera, Inc.

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is pleased to announce that it has received a $15,000 economic development award from New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) and its parent company Emera, Inc. (Emera) to support the development of the Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center (IPOC) entrepreneurial makerspace center to be built on Indian Pueblo Cultural Center grounds.

These funds are provided to support activities and projects related to training current and potential employees, promoting business and job attraction, and the creation and retention of job opportunities in New Mexico. The award is part of a $5 million Economic Development Fund that New Mexico Gas Company and Emera developed to invest in and support the New Mexico communities it serves, and contribute to the overall economic growth in the state. The Economic Development Fund is provided by Emera shareholders as a result of a stipulated agreement in 2016 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The cost of these economic development awards will not be passed on to New Mexico Gas Company customers.

The Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center is an inclusive, collaborative space where Native Americans and other community members interested in starting businesses in the areas of agriculture, food-based production, and other creative industries including Native jewelry and pottery, can have access to tools, acquire skills, further knowledge, and receive support and training from local experts.

“The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is proud to provide Native Americans and other members of the community the opportunity to gain training, experience, and increased employment opportunities,” says Dr. Beverlee J. McClure, VP of Cultural and Community Engagement at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. “We’re grateful for the support of partners like New Mexico Gas Company who are willing to invest in entrepreneurs, the community, and the economic future of New Mexico.”

This marks the second makerspace grant from New Mexico Gas Company, which provided $20,000 in January 2019 to fund the planning stages of the Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center.

About Indian Pueblo Cultural Center   

Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic 19 Pueblos District. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understand by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Visitors can learn fascinating history, shop for Native jewelry and art, watch a cultural dance, hear Native languages, and experience the flavors of traditional and contemporary Native cuisine. To learn more, please visit: www.facebook.com/IndianPueblo and www.indianpueblo.org

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