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State of New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

Pueblo of Kewa

Governor Sidelio Tenorio and Kewa Pueblo tribal leaders hosted an open house for federal and state officials to celebrate the first newly restored traditional adobe home within the Kewa Pueblo main village. With the support of federal and state funding, the Pueblo has begun to address the dire conditions of over 150 traditional adobe homes within the heart of the ancient village.

Between 2013 and 2014 severe weather damaged hundreds of homes in the Pueblo. Since then, the housing shortage has only continued to grow, affecting multigeneration households in the community. Throughout the past year, these conditions were exacerbated by the pandemic and made quarantine extremely difficult. Despite the challenges of funding this project, the Pueblo remained committed to providing safe, healthy housing options. The Pueblo of Kewa launched today’s initiative intending to rehabilitate more homes over the coming year.

“The Pueblo of Kewa should be commended for the tremendous work that has gone into making this initiative possible. Families in this historic village can once again return home and be a part of their ancestral community. The Lujan Grisham administration and our department are incredibly proud to have been a part of the solution to this housing crisis,” said Cabinet Secretary Lynn Trujillo.

Funding for this project included:

  • 2 Million in Capital Outlay from the State of New Mexico
  • 1.4 Million from the State of New Mexico’s allocation of CARES Act funds
  • 70k from Indian Affairs Department from FY20 and FY21
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