mission statement

To provide mobility, sustainability, independence, and access to opportunities for future development, health, and advanced education for Tribal and Non-Tribal members within the community.

About Us

The Road Crew is responsible for the repairing and maintaining of all Ohkay Owingeh Roads.

*Private Driveways/Yards are not on the approved BIA Inventory & therefore are not eligible to be repaired or maintained by the Planning Dept/Roads Crew. (This is solely the responsibility of the homeowner.)


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The purpose of the LRTP is to clearly demonstrate the Pueblo’s transportation needs and to develop strategies to meet these needs. These strategies should address future land use, economic development, traffic demand, public safety, and health and social needs.

Ohkay Owingeh’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a compilation of two sections for providing transportation services for the Tribe. The first section is to identify, utilize and maintain existing roads and, where needed, to identify new road opportunities. The first section is titled “Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan” (TTIP). In this section maintaining all current Tribal roads in the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) Inventory is essential. Also, a brief outline of transportation projects is provided in the TTIP.

Ohkay Owingeh signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in February 2009. The Tribe has operated its Transportation program for ten (10) years and has done so in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Transportation, for seven of those ten years. The purpose for this program is to develop Indian Reservation Road Systems (now titled “Tribal Transportation Program”) through the “FAST Act” and more specifically to develop road systems that serve the transportation needs of the reservation. A major goal is to provide access for use and development of Indian lands and comply with requirements of the Federal Lands Highway Program for construction of Tribal roads.

Click here for Completed and Future Road Construction Projects

popay messenger

Ohkay Owingeh, located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, operates a transit system (the PoPay Messenger). The Tribe provides a Demand Response transit system to its membership consisting of 2940 enrolled Tribal Members and 11,500 non-Indian Community Members living within the confines of Ohkay Owingeh. The four counties served in the program covers 10,079 miles; the primary service area is 4000 square miles.

Existing Roadways

  1.  Announcements:
  • Planning & Transportation Community Meeting Saturday March 26, 2022; 9-12PM Ohkay Casino
  • The new PoPay Messenger Transit Facility has been completed and is open to the Community! Come visit us in the Transportation Yard located on Fish Pond Road/Sesame Street
  • Roadrunner Road was paved in September 2021, please be respectful to pedestrians and adhere to the speed limit
  1. “Click Here for Road Projects”:


Short Range Transportation Plan

  • In 2022 to 2026 the  Highway 74/PoPay Avenue Intersection will be reconstructed and improved.  Funds from the Pueblo’s FHWA funding will be “banked” to improve and repave PoPay Avenue in 2024.  Tsigo Bugeh will be designed and funding “banked” to pave the road in 2025-2026

Roads and Transportation Staff

Jeff Quintana Road Maintenance Foreman
Jeff Aguino Road Maintenance
Tim Martinez Road Maintenance
Rainbird Taylor Po'Pay Dispatch/Driver


PO Box 1099
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

Phone (505) 852-3802


Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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