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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Begaye
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1-23-06
HB 15
SHORT TITLE Culturally Appropriate Tourist Activities
SB
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$50.0
Non-Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Indian Affairs Department (IAD)
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
Tourism Department (TD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 15 appropriates $50 thousand from the general fund to the Department of Finance and
Administration for an existing Indian center in Farmington that promotes tourism and educa-
tional information that is culturally appropriate and traditionally oriented for use in FY06 and
FY07. The bill contains an emergency clause.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
HB15 appropriates non-recurring $50 thousand general fund for expenditure in FY06 and FY07.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the $50 thousand appropria-
tion in this bill would go to the Farmington Intertribal Indian Organization, a nonprofit organiza-
tion which has been in existence for over 30 years. The appropriation will be partially used ($15
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thousand) to pay the salary of a coordinator who will coordinate the cultural activities to be
funded under this legislation. Additionally, $6 thousand will be used to fund a planning group to
monitor the activities funded under this legislation. The remainder of the funding will pay for
cultural activities put on by the nonprofit for local residents and tourists. Planned activities in-
clude an arts and craft bazaar, a youth cultural awareness conference, a Navajo song and dance
event, and an entrant into the Farmington city parade. Many of the funded activities are youth
oriented.
According to the Department of Indian Affairs (DIA), one of the top three most important rea-
sons people visit New Mexico is Indian culture. The New Mexico Indian Tourism Association
(NMITA), in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD), is developing
educational programs for tribal communities that promote Indian tourism in a culturally sensitive
manner. DIA noted that, because tourism development in tribal communities is a sensitive issue,
any tourism education project would need to approach the project on the terms and conditions of
each individual tribe. Tourism in tribal communities should consider all available tribal re-
sources and take an approach that is sensitive to cultural privacy.
NMTD indicated support for HB15 as a means to promote tourism and educate visitors to New
Mexico.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
NMTD indicated that the increased tourism promotion and greater educational resources for visi-
tors from HB15 may result in increased visitation to New Mexico, a key performance measure
for NMTD.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DIA noted that HB15 directs that the appropriation be the Local Government Division of the
Department of Finance and Administration. However, appropriating the funds to the Tourism
Department may better serve the intent of HB15. DIA indicated the Tourism Department may be
better equipped to administer, monitor, and provide training and technical assistance to the In-
dian center, especially considering its partnership with NMITA.
DFA noted that the appropriation in HB15 will be administered through DFA which already has
the staff and the knowledge to easily fund and monitor this project.
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