HOUSE BILL 140
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
Derrick J. Lente and D. Wonda Johnson and Anthony Allison and Patricia Roybal Caballero and Zachary J. Cook
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MESCALERO APACHE TRIBAL EDUCATION-RELATED IMPROVEMENTS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. APPROPRIATIONS.--
A. The following amounts are appropriated to the Indian affairs department for expenditure in fiscal years 2021 and 2022 for the following purposes for the Mescalero Apache Tribe to comply with the findings in the consolidated Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico lawsuit:
(1) one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to provide college scholarships for Mescalero Apache tribal members who want to be teachers; provided that scholarships available under this paragraph shall be last-resort scholarships that make up the difference between lottery tuition scholarships or other financial aid and the cost of tuition and fees at a New Mexico public post-secondary educational institution or a New Mexico tribal college that offers bachelor's degrees in education;
(2) one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to create a leadership institute that focuses on youth leadership, youth internship and apprenticeship programs and other services to tribal youth;
(3) three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) to develop culturally and linguistically relevant curriculum and instructional materials for use in New Mexico public schools;
(4) one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to provide Mescalero Apache education liaisons to the Ruidoso and Tularosa municipal school districts; and
(5) one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to provide social services, behavioral health services and suicide prevention and intervention services to Mescalero Apache youth.
B. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2022 shall revert to the general fund.
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