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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/05/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Intertribal Ceremonial
SB 615
ANALYST Earnest
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$375.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SB 615 relates to HB 578, HB 475, and HC 238.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Tourism Department (TD)
Department of Indian Affairs (DIA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 615 appropriates $375 thousand from the general fund to the Tourism Department for
the Intertribal Ceremonial.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $375 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to
the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The appropriation is not made directly to the Intertribal Ceremonial Fund or the Intertribal
Ceremonial Office, which is administratively attached to the Tourism Department.
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TD reports that more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the US, as well as Mexico, Canada
and Europe, attend this event. Increasing the number of visitors to New Mexico is a key per-
formance measure of NMTD.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
SB 615 relates to:
HB 578, which appropriates $50 thousand to the Tourism Department for the Gallup Inter-
tribal Ceremonial.
HB 475, which appropriates $295 thousand to the Intertribal Ceremonial Fund and amends
the Intertribal Ceremonial Act.
HC 238, which requests $75 thousand to acquire land and a building for the Intertribal Cere-
monial Office in Gallup, NM.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
The 2006 ceremonial will mark the 85
th
Intertribal Ceremonial in Gallup. Last year, 30 Native
American tribes were represented at the event. The multi-day festivities include an arts and
crafts market, second in attendance only to Indian Market in Santa Fe. The lodging and restau-
rant industries in Gallup are significantly impacted during the week of the ceremonial.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
If this or other legislation to support the Intertribal Ceremonial is not enacted, the event might
not have adequate funding for FY07.
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