A new law ensures that all New Mexico teachers with Native-language certification will be paid on par with other educators. Previously, their pay was decided on a district-by-district basis, with some full-time teachers making less than $20,000 a year. The new law was enacted as part of a Tribal Remedy Framework endorsed by all 23 of New Mexico's tribal nations that seeks to transform education for Native American children in the state.
New Mexico lawmakers passed a bill that strengthens protections for Native American children in state care. The New Mexico Indian Family Protection Act enshrines in state law key provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives preference to Native families and communities when it comes to fostering or adopting Indigenous children.