Social Services provides a variety of human services for children, youth, adults, elders, and families. Social Services is committed to the Ohkay Owingeh families to protect, guide, and educate by encouraging self-reliance, preserving culture and enhancing the quality of life.


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The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is “…to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture… “(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.

Child and Adult Protection

We provide social services to improve the quality of life for eligible Indians and their families that live on or near Indian reservations and to protect the children, elderly and disabled from abuse and neglect. These services include, but are not limited to: assistance in solving problems related to family functioning and interpersonal relationships; referral to the appropriate resources for problems related to illness, physical or mental handicaps, drug abuse, alcoholism, and violation of the law; and protective services.

Financial Assistance

General Assistance: Provides financial assistance payments to eligible Indians for essential needs of food, clothing, shelter, and utilities. The goal of General Assistance is to increase self-sufficiency. This is accomplished through specific steps an individual will take to increase independence as outlined in his/her Individual Self- Sufficiency Plan (ISP). To be eligible for General Assistance, all applicants must apply concurrently for financial assistance from other state, tribal, county, local or other Federal agency programs for which they might be eligible.

Burial Assistance: This program provides funds to assist with the burial expenses of deceased indigent Indians whose estates do not have sufficient resources to meet funeral expenses.

Community Prevention Program

Provides education and resources to the entire community with the purpose of preventing suicides, substance abuse and alcohol abuse and promotes good mental Health.


Rochelle Thompson
ICWA Manager
Business Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Phone Number

(505) 852-6118
(505) 852-0333 (fax)

Mailing Address

PO Box 1187
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566


PO Box 1187
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

Phone (505) 852-6118
Fax (505) 852-0333


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

Physical Location