Tribal capital improvements receive $13M from NM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A state board has awarded about $13 million for capital improvement projects for 16 Indian tribes and pueblos in New Mexico.

The Department of Indian Affairs said 28 projects received funding from the Tribal Infrastructure Board.

The largest amount was nearly $1.7 million for a wastewater collection system for Santa Clara Pueblo.

About $1.2 million was approved for infrastructure for Santa Ana Pueblo's Adobe Acres subdivision and $1.3 million for an enterprise zone for Zia Pueblo.

The board provided $600,000 for the Navajo Nation's White Rock Chapter for planning portions of the Eastern Navajo Water Pipeline and $417,678 for the Counselor Chapter for design and construction of a power line extension.

A 2010 state law earmarks 5 percent of New Mexico's severance tax bond financing for tribal infrastructure projects.