FOR TRIBAL MEMBERS ONLY, NOT FOR MEDIA RELEASE

Extension of Closure

Dear Community Members,

I hope this message finds you all doing well during these difficult times.  We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude and patience with the various Executive Orders that have come from the Administration.  The measures that we have had to put in place is to protect everyone in the community, it was not meant to inconvenience anyone but to control the spread of the virus not only within the community but stop it from coming in from the outside as well.  In reviewing the current data and situation not only within our community but from the surrounding areas, we have had to make the decision to extend the stay-at-home order and continue the closure of our programs until June 15, 2020. 

As most of you are aware, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has started to slowly open up businesses and services throughout the state of New Mexico.  We must strongly caution all of our tribal members as businesses start to open off the Pueblo, that you take the necessary precautions when leaving the Pueblo.  We continue to reiterate that you remain vigilant and continue to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.  While we have made progress within the Pueblo with controlling the virus, we do not want to lose the progress we have made.  Please keep in mind that this virus is still within the Pueblo and a very real threat to our community and people. 

Knowing the facts about how the virus moves from person to person, we must also reiterate the urgency to continue social distancing and not to gather in large groups, or go visiting from house to house.  Given that it is graduation season and many of our students are graduating from high school or college, I am aware that families are proud of their student’s achievement and want to recognize their accomplishment with a reception but unfortunately, at this time, we still cannot gather in large groups as it still is a volatile situation and we do not want another wave of infections in the community.  Your safety and health is our main concern, there will be a time to celebrate when things get better so we ask for your patience and cooperation. 

I would like to remind everyone to enroll in the San Felipe Alert System, CodeRED, this system will allow us to send out urgent information in case of an emergency such as flooding, fires, and child abductions similar to Amber Alert but it will be specific to our community.  We also plan to relay critical information to you during the COVID-19 pandemic such as testing dates and food distribution dates.  So we encourage everyone to register.  To register, please text, SANFELIPEALERT to 99411 or you can also register online at: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFA3CD7DF8BA or visit the San Felipe website for more information at: https://sfpueblo.com/announcements/san-felipe-alert-system-with-codered-service

Additionally, I would like to mention that Tuesday, June 2, 2020 is the Primary Election, all registered Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians are eligible to vote.  Many of you registered voters already received absentee ballots to cast your vote and I hope you mailed them back.  If not, you will have the opportunity to cast your vote next Tuesday at the Senior Center, voting will be conducted from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  The Sandoval County Bureau of Elections has implemented procedures to ensure your safety when you go to vote.  It is required that anyone wishing to vote on Tuesday wear a face mask when they arrive to the Senior Center.  If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you along with gloves and hand sanitizer will be available.  We wish to protect your right to vote but stressing protection of your health and wellbeing as you practice your civic duty.  I would also like to stress that it is very important to vote, as the people that we select work on behalf of the Pueblo, either locally or at the national level. 

Lastly, just as important to vote is the importance of answering the census.  This year, the decennial census is being conducted, every 10 years, the federal government conducts the census.  The information that is gathered is used to appropriate funds to states and tribal governments.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to the census being conducted throughout the country, including on tribal lands, the census will still be conducted but on a limited basis for the time being.  Some households might have received a letter through the mail to answer the census, if you are able to answer the census through regular paper reporting or using the internet to answer the census, we encourage you to do so.  By answering the census, it assists the Pueblo in the areas of funding from the federal government.  Federal agencies use our population data to determine how much money we get for education, health care, social services, our Senior Center and our Head Start program.  So we cannot stress the importance of answering the census.  If you have any questions regarding the census, please call the Governor’s Office at 867-3381 or the US Census at: https://2020census.gov

In closing, I would like to continue to wish you all good health and safety during these difficult times, and I ask that everyone continue to remain diligent and proactive to reduce the spread of the virus in our community.  We ask for your support, cooperation and patience with our decisions which are implemented for everyone’s protection and safety.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

Governor Anthony Ortiz

San Felipe Governor's Community Address

Hello Friends & Family!

We hope you are all safe and doing well.  Please follow this link to watch a video of San Felipe Governor, Anthony Ortiz, addresing hights on the impacts of COVID-19 on San Felipe Pueblo.

EXECUTIVE ORDER:  SFP 2020-04

ORDER DECLARING THE EXPANDED SCOPE OF PRIOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDERS AND PROVIDING FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF SUCH ORDERS

NOTE:  FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY, NOT FOR MEDIA RELEASE

WHEREAS,  the Pueblo of San Felipe is an independent sovereign nation with a traditional form of government, and recognized by the United States of America as a sovereign nation; and

WHEREAS,  the Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe possesses the inherent executive power to act in all emergency governmental matters that concern the health and welfare of the San Felipe Pueblo tribal members and all other persons residing on the San Felipe Reservation; and

WHEREAS,  Executive Order SFP 2020-02 was issued on March 31, 2020, imposing a strict stay-at-home order to all residents of the Pueblo, a curfew from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. daily, and closure of all entry points to the Pueblo, which Order was extended through May 15, 2020; and

WHEREAS,  Executive Order SFP 2020-03 was issued on April 30, 2020, declaring the complete closure of NM 313 to control ingress and egress through the Pueblo’s tribal lands to facilitate COVID-19 emergency response; and

WHEREAS,  there have been persistent violations of the Emergency Public Health Executive Orders, and those violations pose an extreme danger to the health and welfare of all persons living on the Pueblo’s tribal lands as well as the greater community at large; and

WHEREAS,  many of the curfew and stay-at-home violations involve the possession and use of alcoholic beverages in violation of the Pueblo of San Felipe Liquor Control Ordinance, adopted on April 14, 2008 by Tribal Council Resolution No. 2008-86; and

WHEREAS,  in order to protect the health and safety of all persons living on the Pueblo’s tribal lands, it has become necessary to implement enforcement measures to ensure compliance with the curfew, stay-at-home, and Pueblo closure orders.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED THAT, for the reasons addressed above, I, Anthony Ortiz, Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe, by virtue of the inherent authority vested in me, do hereby issue this Executive Order for the expanded curfew and stay-at-home requirements and providing for the enforcement of this and prior Public Health Emergency Executive Orders, and establishing penalties for the violation of such Public Health Emergency Executive Orders, including violation of the Pueblo’s Liquor Control Ordinance in conjunction with Public Health violations.

1.         Stay-at-Home Order.  Pueblo members and other persons residing on the Pueblo’s tribal lands are directed to continue isolating in their homes, continue limiting contact with people outside of your immediate household, limiting contact to only those who currently reside within your home.  Children and all others should stay with the household they are in now, and not move between households.    Persons may leave the Pueblo only for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare.  Any person claiming a medical or employment exemption from the stay at home order must provide a written letter from the treating medical facility or the employer.

2.         Curfew.  The current curfew for all Pueblo members and other persons residing on the Pueblo’s tribal lands is continued until further notice.  This curfew restricts any movement into, out of, or within the Pueblo beginning at 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m.  Tribal members conducting farm work will be permitted to travel to and work at their fields during curfew times.

3.         Liquor Control.  The Liquor Control Ordinance makes it unlawful at any time to possess or transport alcoholic beverages within the Pueblo without a commercial liquor license.  This prohibition will be strictly enforced.

4.         Enforcement.

a.   Any person violating this or the previous Public Health Emergency Executive Orders shall be cited into the San Felipe Pueblo Contemporary Tribal Court.  The Court may impose a civil fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500) per violation and such other penalties as the Court deems appropriate, including but not limited to community service.

b.   Any person cited for the possession, transportation, or use of alcoholic beverages shall be subject to the penalties set forth in the Liquor Control Ordinance, specifically, a civil fine up to Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) and such non-monetary penalties as the Court deems appropriate.

c.   In light of the public health emergency, Pueblo of San Felipe Tribal Officials are hereby granted the authority to enforce this Executive Order, including issuing citations into the Contemporary Tribal Court and conducting reasonable searches for and seizures of liquor [upon probable cause].

d.   Any person cited for violation of the Liquor Control Ordinance or Public Health Emergency Executive Orders shall have his or her privilege to leave and re-enter the Pueblo revoked.  A prior citation involving a violation involving liquor constitutes probable cause for the search of the person’s automobile.

5.         Expanded Memorial Day Weekend Curfew.  The curfew for Memorial Day weekend shall be continuous, beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020 and ending at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Entry and exit from the Pueblo will be for documented essential workers and medical emergencies only.  Please plan ahead to ensure you are prepared for this closure.

6.         Duration of Executive Order.  This Executive Order shall take effect upon May 13, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Governor.

DONE AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE

THIS 13th DAY OF MAY, 2020

Governor Anthony Ortiz

Road Closure

April 30, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Please be advised that today I issued Executive Order 2020-03 to temporarily close NM 313 from Algodones.  The only entrance and exit to the community will be on Hagen Road.  I requested the assistance from the State of New Mexico Highway Department to assist us with this closure.  This closure becomes effective on May 1st and will stay in place until such time the spread of the virus passes.  We understand that this action might be an inconvenience but the Administration decided on this action for the protection of the entire community.  Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Governor Anthony Ortiz

Letter From Governor of San Felipe

April 24, 2020

Greetings Community Members,

I hope this letter finds you and your families well. It is my intention to provide you with critical information to guide your activity and ensure your safety during these challenging times.  I appreciate your patience and understanding as we make decisions in this ever-changing situation.

I realize that it is not easy to conduct our daily operations under strict orders because we are just not accustomed to isolating ourselves. Moreover, it has been especially difficult to not participate in the rituals that we have practiced and sustained us for so long. But remember that we have always been guided and cared for. And that will not change as long as we remain spiritual and hopeful. I too am comforted in knowing along with my Administration, Incident Command Team and staff members we are working to ensure you and your families’ safety while continuing to provide for your needs so that you remain in your homes for the duration of the situation.

Please, let these numbers illustrate just how critical the situation is in our community and a reminder of our connectedness with the need to express compassion for everyone in the community. To date, we have the following:

1,300 (approx.) individuals tested

117 confirmed positive cases

34 recovered

10 hospitalizations

24 sheltering/isolating at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Many more isolating/quarantining at home

It is a clear indication that we have an alarming number of cases in the community. More importantly, it is evident that we have an administration, with dedicated programs and providers, that advocated for community-wide testing—a mechanism that is otherwise not readily available in tribal, small and remote communities—and members of the community who braved to get tested. For that, I am proud. Thank you.

It is also wise to note that the community still has its challenges in maintaining the orders. I acknowledge those challenges, especially in the face of increased tragedies across the community when everyone gathers for strength. Just know, I am truly sorry for any loss that you have experienced and the decisions to declare the orders for practicing social distancing and restrictions regarding mass gatherings are in no way to take away your personal freedoms but to reduce preventable suffering.

The virus is identified as novel because scientists still do not have a confirmation of its origin, the possibility of re-infection, nor the existence of a vaccine. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone in the community remain at home, limit interactions with people outside the home, wear protective equipment when it is necessary to leave the community, clean and disinfect regularly, and obey all medical and isolation orders as that is the only known mechanism to prevent transmission of the virus.  You must understand and consider that life as we knew it may change for many months or years until this virus is better understood, and to preserve our health we have to respect these changes. 

San Felipe will continue to be progressive in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic head-on and provide for quarantine through Buffalo Thunder Resort, delivery of food, cleaning supplies, masks and gloves, medical support through Indian Health Service, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), our own Health and Wellness Department, and the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. We are dedicated to provide this support for those in need for the entire period that we need to remain on a Stay-at-Home Order. 

 I meet regularly with the team including Tribal Administration, state level leadership and staff and the medical and health professionals in order to make informed decisions and plan processes knowing what we currently understand about COVID-19. I will continue to advocate for you on the state and national level to assist with relief funding packages, improved technology for the pueblo such as,  the recent installation of Verizon’s Cellular on Wheels north of the 4-way stop and we will come out of this stronger, more resilient and better prepared to meet the future.

As most of you are aware, during these difficult times, large gatherings are prohibited in order to control the spread of the virus and as a result we had to cancel all of our Easter activities and now as we approach our annual Feast Day, we are left with no choice but to cancel Feast Day service and dances in order to protect the community.  You are encouraged to observe the Feast Day in your own homes with your families but please be advised that it is not advisable to visit one another on this day. We also understand that most of you are probably anticipating the annual distribution check that is given out prior to the Feast, the Administration has decided to postpone giving out the distribution until a later date and we ask for your patience for the time being. 

I will continue to provide updates when new information becomes available and search for new ways to reach you; please see more information on the attached COVID-19 Fact Sheet with current up-to-date information. Many are suffering and yet many more are also taking this time to look within, reflect and take better care of their bodies and minds. Please take good care of one another in your homes and follow medical advice you all remain in my thoughts and prayers.  Stay home, stay strong, be kind, be brave and many blessings.

Sincerely,

Honorable Governor Anthony Ortiz

Important numbers/ Resources to assist you:

Tribal Administration (Food distribution): 505-867-3381

Senior Center food distribution: 505-771-9930

SFP Indian Health Services: 505-867-2739

Community Health PHN: 505-639-9508

Behavioral Health Program/ Systems of Care: 505-639-9949 ***providing telephonic confidential counseling by licensed therapists and community peer support workers

SOC for Coordination of Buffalo Thunder/ Quarantine:  505-610-3507/ 505-933-0158

Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453

NM Crisis 24 hrs:  1-855-662-7474/ Peer-to-Peer Warm-line 1-855-4NM-7100

Go to IRS.gov/coronavirus/ economic for stimulus check information

Go to Department of Workforce Solutions to register for unemployment on-line: http://dws.state.nm.us

Artists and self-employed individuals may be eligible for benefits.

NMDOH for positive test cases by zip code: cvprovider.nmhealth.org

SAN FELIPE PUEBLO
COVID-19 FACT SHEET

As of 4/23/2020

Total Number of Tests Conducted                                                         1300 (approx.)

                 (Combined testing by the Indian Health Service, New Mexico Department of Health, Presbyterian Drive Thru Testing)

  • Positives                                                                                       117 (As of 4/21/20)
  • Negatives                                                                                      1,183
  • Total Number of Individuals Recovered                                             34
  • Total Families Quarantined in their homes:                                        14-20 Households
  • Total Households cleared from the virus:                                           10 Households
  • Total number of Individuals isolated at Buffalo Thunder:                     24

Food Distribution:  85% of entire community households have received food as of April 18, 2020.

Please remember, we are still in a critical situation on the Pueblo and the need to strictly adhere to the Stay-at-Home Order is still in effect and must be followed. It takes only one person to infect everyone around you. 

Please wear face masks when out in the public.

If you have symptoms like cough, fever, body ache, sinus infection, loss of taste or smell, report those right away before the entire household is infected.  Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453.   San Felipe Clinic: 505-867-2739.          

Continue to designate only one person per family to go shopping off of the Pueblo.                                                                  

Community wide curfew remains in effect.  8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

If you have family or friends in other Pueblos, please do not visit them or have them visit you, we are all trying to work together to control the spread of the virus within our Pueblos.

Road Closure:  Hagen Road will be closed at 6:00 p.m. daily until 8:00 a.m. starting Sunday, April 26, 2020.  The only entry/exit will be Highway 313 after 6:00 p.m. (Hagen Road will still be accessible for emergency personnel and law enforcement.)

Emergency Message

April 9, 2020

Dear Community Members,
The situation has become dire within our community with positive COVID-19 cases rising on a daily basis. As of this message, we currently have 54 total positive cases on the Pueblo. I cannot stress enough that everyone must adhere to the stay at home order that I issued recently. Stay at home order means to stay within the house that you currently live in. It does not mean it is ok to visit other relatives or friends residing in other homes. If you have symptoms, test positive for the virus or if you are under investigation, you need to isolate yourself in your home or request to go to the Buffalo Thunder Alternate Care Site. You cannot visit relatives or friends, babysit children from other houses or go out of the Pueblo for any reason. By not isolating yourself, we are spreading the virus to other members of the Pueblo who are otherwise healthy. You must stay at home to protect our elders. You do not need to know the status of others tests. We must all protect each other by acting as though we all have a positive test and stay at home. This is not a game, we need everyone to strictly adhere to directives that are given by the Administration and health officials. Your cooperation is expected. For more information on the Buffalo Thunder Alternate Care Site, please contact Jimel Sandoval at 505-610-3507 or Esther Tenorio at 505-933-0158.

Governor Anthony Ortiz

Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe: Respect Tribal Sovereignty and Confidentiality

April 8, 2020

Pueblo of San Felipe, NM – Native American communities are not untouched by the spread of the Coronavirus throughout the United States and the world. The leadership of the Pueblo of San Felipe requests that the State of New Mexico, surrounding communities, and local, regional, and national news outlets respect the Pueblo of San Felipe’s tribal sovereignty and our efforts to protect the confidentiality of the health status of our tribal members in this difficult time.

With the first cases of the Coronavirus confirmed, the Pueblo of San Felipe acted quickly and issued a public health emergency declaration, followed by a stay at home order for tribal members, and closed access to the Pueblo. An Emergency Operations Plan and incident command team has been activated to address Covid-19 for the Pueblo.

The Pueblo was one of the first employers in the State to issue a moratorium on all out of state travel of its employees. The Pueblo is working closely with the State of New Mexico and with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to further protect tribal members and the public.

“The Pueblo of San Felipe has taken immediate measures to protect tribal members and the public. We ask that the State of New Mexico, surrounding communities, and news media respect our tribal sovereignty and confidentiality as we work hard to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. We appreciate all the help that we are receiving from the State, IHS, and others. We will continue to pray for the health and well-being of our tribal community and the entire world,” said Governor Anthony Ortiz, Pueblo of San Felipe.\

Tribal roads have been closed. Stay at home orders are still in effect.

Contact:
Daryl Candelaria, DCandelaria@sfpueblo.com
Anne Oandasan, Aoandasan@sfpueblo.com

Urgent Message from the Administration

March 31, 2020

Greetings Community Members,
I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well. This letter serves as official notice that the Pueblo of San Felipe Tribal Administration is making every effort to contain the COVID-19/Coronavirus spread within our tribal community.

On March 31, 2020, the Tribal Administration declared a State of Emergency strongly urging members of our community to take precautionary measures including adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines such as frequent handwashing, cleaning and disinfecting all “high-touch surfaces”; prohibiting the vending of homemade food items; restriction of out-of-state travel, and limiting travel outside the Pueblo lands.

It is our duty to inform the community that as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020, there are now 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our Pueblo. In light of the confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our community, and the Tribal Administration’s wish to provide additional guidance and direction to community members to mitigate the health crisis and guard, please be advised of the following:

As Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe, I hereby issue a strict Stay-At-Home Order for all Pueblo residents, effective immediately until April 30, 2020.

  1. With this declaration of a public health emergency, all Pueblo of San Felipe tribal members shall comply with and adhere to directives, instructions, and/or policies from the Administration and the Pueblo of San Felipe Health and Wellness Department and from federal agencies relating to addressing COVID-19.
  2. With this declaration of a public health emergency, all Pueblo of San Felipe tribal programs and operations will be closed until further notice.  If tribal members need any type of assistance from any tribal program or in need of food sources, please contact (505) 867-3381
  3. The Pueblo of San Felipe will continue to restrict out of state travel as was previously instructed to all San Felipe Pueblo Government employees. All tribal members of the Pueblo of San Felipe and others living on the Pueblo’s tribal lands are also to restrict travel out of state or travel into nearby cities/towns.
  4. The Pueblo of San Felipe will restrict the movement of Tribal members out of the Pueblo boundaries. Exceptions will only be made for travel to purchase required items such as food, water, hygiene items, diapers, formula, laundry services, medical appointments and required prescription medications, etc. No other unnecessary travel out of the Pueblo will be permitted.
  5. The Pueblo of San Felipe will restrict outside visitors to the Pueblo unless those non-tribal members are employed by the Pueblo or are medical and emergency personnel.
  6. Members of the Pueblo are directed to self-isolate in their homes. Limit contact with people outside of your immediate household, limit contact to only those who live within your home.
  7. A curfew for all tribal members living within the boundaries of San Felipe Pueblo will be implemented for the Pueblo starting immediately at 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. through April 30, 2020.
  8. All entry/exit points of the Pueblo will be closed, only those individuals identified as essential staff or those needing to make food purchase or similar will be allowed to leave the area.
  9. No further utilization of all outdoor recreation facilities to include the soccer field, basketball courts, and playgrounds.
  10. All upcoming Tribal Events are suspended:
    • No Palm Sunday Mass or feeding for Rama name day.
    • No Visitation of Godparents or Godchildren during Holy Week.
    • No traditional feeding by Governors or Fiscales on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
    • No Easter Sunday Church Services
    • No family gatherings on Easter Sunday.  No Easter Egg hunts.
    • No traditional dances during Easter week.
    • No mass gatherings.

We trust you agree on the importance of containing the situation and ensure the safety of all members by
adhering to the new orders.

Respectfully,
Governor Anthony Ortiz, Lt. Governor Delbert Sanchez, Fiscale Robert Garcia & Lt. Fiscale Mark Calabaza

Health & Wellness Announcement

March 25, 2020

Dear Community Members,

The Health and Wellness Department is closely following developments related to the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The health and safety of our community and tribal employees is our highest priority as we work in concerted with Tribal Administration in coordinating and planning our response to COVID-19.

I know this is an uncertain time as well as unsettling one for all of us. Most of us, to include globally are facing an unprecedented crisis where established protocols and planning strategies are being tested and revised constantly during implementation. Again, I know some of you may be experiencing anxiety, frustration, and impatience through it all.

However, working together is the key. The Health and Wellness Department are having regular ongoing conversation with our Tribal Administration as well as participating in conference calls with the New Mexico Department of Health, the Indian Health Services ‘Albuquerque Service Unit/Santa Fe Service Unit to include other tribal entities to ensure we are doing everything we can. In planning and preparing to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are also working with Tribal Administration in identifying critical areas and essential functions in case further actions need to be taken. A critical precaution Tribal Administration has done is to have temporary shut-down.

Governor Ortiz issued a temporary shut-down of services effective March 24, 2020. The shut-down will last until April 20, 2020. All other than direct patient care will be closed. However, our pharmacy, behavioral health staff, and housekeeping will be available from 8:00 am -12:00 pm. However, pharmacy will be working till 5:00 pm, to include the IHS Clinic. The dental clinic is closed. The dental clinic will be on call to respond to emergency calls, which will originate from the pharmacy.

We are currently distributing information on how to prevent exposure as well as educating the community about COVID-19. Fortunately, there have not been any cases in our community. Although there are many unknowns associated with COVID-19, we are continuing to work with Tribal Administration on our response plan that will consist of five different levels.

Level 1: Prevention
Level 2: Protection
Level 3: Mitigation
Level 4: Response
Level5: Recovery

We are in this together and together we can come out this adversity facing us. My prayers go out to the creator daily for your well-being as well as your family. For further information regarding our services I can be reached at (505) 40-5187. I wish peace and many blessings to all of you.

Dr. Rufus Greene Jr.
Director
Health & Wellness Department
Pueblo of San Felipe
Work: (505) 867-9616
Cell: (505) 400-5187

 

What you should know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Urgent Announcement

March 24, 2020

Governor Anthony Ortiz announced yesterday that San Felipe Pueblo government and Housing Authority operations will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12 Noon and authorized employees to work remotely. Daily operations will resume on Monday, April 20, 2020. During the closure all employees will be paid and receive full benefits. Governor Ortiz also encourages everyone to stay home. Take this opportunity to enjoy time together, the weather and a temporary slower pace of life.

During this closure, Fed Ex and UPS deliveries will not be permitted or accepted. Please contact Fed Ex or UPS to arrange for your packages.

Solid waste pick up will remain on schedule. Should you require assistance with sewage backups please contact the Public Improvement Authority (505) 771-2290. Should your home require utility repairs please contact the Housing Authority at (505) 771-9291.

Head Start meal distribution will continue as scheduled.

The Elders Services’ meal distribution will continue as scheduled.

Albuquerque Public Schools’, Bernalillo Public Schools’ and Santa Fe Indian School’s student meal distribution will continue as scheduled.

Behavioral Health Program (BHP) is available for telephonic counseling and responding to emergencies on a case-by-case basis, at (505) 639-9949, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In the event of a life-threating emergency please call 911. If there is a Non-life threatening emergency please call NM Crisis 24-hours daily at 1-855-662-7474 and follow-up with BHP.

Please be aware of potential scammers that are taking advantage of this situation, we ask that you be aware of anyone contacting you by telephone requesting personal information over the phone. Many organizations are shut down at this time. For our elders, no one from AARP or any Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) should be contacting you at this time.

Important Message from the Enrollment Department:

Tribal Members please be advised that the U.S. Census Bureau has suspended ALL field operations for the 2020 Census, effective March 18-April 1, 2020. As a result of this suspension, there is to be absolutely no field workers out visiting homes. The Census Bureau and staff will not enter the reservation boundaries once the Pueblo has closed access. The Census has a deep respect for tribal sovereignty and in the midst of this Public Health crisis, there is no way the Census Bureau or its staff will break from protocol. Should you be approached by someone claiming to be a “Census Worker” BEFORE April 1, please contact Tribal Officials immediately.

Please take precautions when someone knocks at your door by, looking out the window first,

At the end of the Bureau’s suspension, the Regional Technician for Operations for the 2020 Census will contact the Enrollment Department with names, descriptions of vehicles and license plate info of the workers that will be out in the pueblo. ALL Census workers should present an official U.S. Census Bureau badge and will carry briefcases with Bureau logos. Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Enrollment Department at (505) 508-9607.

Important Message from the Public Improvement Authority Department:

NOTICE for Waste Water Treatment Plant

A reminder regarding toilet paper shortage… When you have to resort to “paper towels”, please throw paper towels in the trashcan and bag all trash.

  • Remember that your toilet should not be used as a trash can. Do not treat other items like toilet paper. Please do not flush paper towels, “flushable” wipes, napkins, tampons, cotton balls, dental floss or other substances.
  • Flushing non-biodegradable items can result in backups, overflows, and DAMAGE to our Waste Water Treatment Plant membranes.

Important Message from the IT Department:

Please check the website for current information and status updates: www.sfpueblo.com

Important Numbers:

Tribal Officials:

Unit 1:Tribal Official 1 – 975-2415
Tribal Official 2 – 975-2391
Unit 2:Tribal Official 3 – 975-2407
Tribal Official 4 – 975-2422
Unit 3:Tribal Official 5 – 975-2408
Tribal Official 6 – 975-2489

 

Safety & Sanitation Tips:

  • PLEASE REMEMBER TO DESIGNATE ONE PERSON TO GO OUT TO THE STORE, TO REDUCE EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS FOR 20 SECONDS WITH SOAP AND WARM WATER, DISINFECT ALL SURFACES, SUCH AS DOOR KNOBS, COUNTER TOPS, BATHROOMS, ETC.
  • FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE ARE GOOD, SPEND QUAILITY TIME WITH FAMILY.
  • MIX 1/3 CUP OF BLEACH TO 1 GALLON OF WATER FOR DISINFECTING SURFACES IF YOU DON’T HAVE DISINFECTING AGENTS AVAILABLE.
  • IF YOU DO EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS, CALL THE SAN FELIPE PUEBLO HEALTH CLINIC AT 867-2739 OR THE STATE HOTLINE AT 1-855-600-3453.

Systems of Care

March 20, 2020

The Systems of Care team understands that with the current Health Concerns of our Community and State, many of our community members may feel unsure or anxious about how to protect themselves.

Coronavirus graphicPhysical Protection

To help community members understand how to practice good hygiene and protect themselves, we have built a list of recommendations for everyone to follow to stay safe and healthy:

  • If you are experiencing anything outside of allergies, particularly flu-like symptoms, please stay home
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Wash your hands frequently with hot water for 20 seconds
  • Keep from engaging in large group activities (groups of 50 people or more)
  • Wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or cleaning solution, including door knobs, light switches, table tops, etc.

For Community Members who have appointments at the local IHS clinic or any other care clinic: Call ahead to check-in. Clinics may have set up a process to protect everyone’s health while providing services.

 

Mental health graphicMental Health

To help community members understand how to stay informed while also protecting your mental health, we put a list together to provide guidance:

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading about COVID-19
  • Focus on what you can control to keep you and your family healthy and let go of what you can’t control
  • Practice safe, healthy hobbies like knitting, sewing, drawing, etc.
  • Remember: the vast majority of people exposed to COVID-19 will be fine and will fully recover
  • Find someone to talk to about your feelings during the pandemic
  • When reading articles online, make sure that they are from credible sources. Our team recommends any articles from the CDC, World Health Org. and NM Dept. of Health.

When we work together, we can protect each other and ensure each other’s safety.

Hopah kun’tsan thi’themeh
“Everyone live healthy.”

For More Information or Questions:

New Mexico Department of Health Hotline: 855-600-3453
or
San Felipe Pueblo IHS Clinic: 505-867-2739

Urgent Message

March 18, 2020

Dear San Felipe Pueblo residents,

On Monday, I, along with the approval of the tribal administration, executed an order declaring a State of Public Health Emergency for the Pueblo of San Felipe due to the confirmation of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) in the State of New Mexico. While no positive cases of the virus have been confirmed in the pueblo, the Administration felt strongly to declare an emergency to allow us to address this situation within our community and seek assistance from federal, state, local and private agencies.

Furthermore, as members of the community we all can take precautionary actions to ensure the Pueblo’s health and well-being. Therefore, by virtue of the inherent authority vested in me to act on all emergency governmental matters that concern the health and welfare of the San Felipe tribal members, I hereby order and direct the following measures to be implemented by all tribal members:

  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines including, but not limited to regular handwashing, cleaning and disinfecting of “high-touch” surfaces and all recommendations by medical personnel.
  • Take actions to protect the elderly and individuals with underlying health conditions.
  • Limit travel outside Pueblo lands except for necessities and health/medical appointments. If possible, designate one member of the family to make trips for the purchasing of food and other necessities.
  • We recommend members of the pueblo and those living on the reservation restrict out-of-state travel.
  • The Pueblo of San Felipe will also restrict non-tribal member visitors with the exception of non-tribal member employees, medical and emergency personnel or identified vendors delivering goods to the tribal government programs.
  • The sale and vending of homemade food items is strictly prohibited for the duration of the emergency declaration.
  • All tribal programs including the Administrative offices will go on abbreviated schedule effective March 23 to April 17, 2020. Business hours will be from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • The Black Mesa Casino will observe a temporary closure for 3 weeks beginning March 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm
  • The Black Mesa Travel Convenience center and gas station will remain open
  • The Black Mesa Travel Center Restaurant will only provide take-out orders—dining area is closed.
  • Any utility repairs such as electrical, water or gas, please call the San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority at 771-9291.
  • At this time, all parcel deliveries from UPS or Fed Ex will be dropped off at the Administration Building, it is your responsibility to check on any package deliveries. Daily pick up will be restricted to 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please call 867-3381.
  • There will be no furniture or appliance deliveries to homes at this time.
  • These measures will remain in effect for three weeks. We are continuing to monitor this situation daily.

Your cooperation in adhering to these directives is expected and appreciated for the protection of our community. Please remain vigilant during these uncertain times and we extend our prayer to the entire community.

Thank you,
Anthony Ortiz,
Governor

Temporary General Administrative Order

No. AO20-0001 - Issued March 18, 2020

This Temporary General Administrative Order is entered pursuant to the Pueblo of San Felipe Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 entered on March 16, 2020 and sets forth and governs the operation of the Pueblo of San Felipe Contemporary Court until Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 is rescinded by the Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe or until further Order of the Court regarding this subject.

Due to the Corona virus pandemic that is unfolding throughout the world and locally, the Pueblo of San Felipe Contemporary Tribal Court in keeping with the spirit of protection of health for its court users, staff, judges and general public hereby orders the following measures to take effect immediately and remain in place until Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 is rescinded by the Governor of the Pueblo of San Felipe or until further Order of the Court. These measures will aid in limiting person to person contact and at the same time ensure that court users' civil and criminal rights under applicable law are upheld during this period. Due to the dynamic nature of the Corona virus pandemic this Order is subject to change without notice to continue to provide for the safety of all.

THEREFORE, IT IS THE ORDER OF THE COURT that:

  1. All proceedings in civil matters of non-emergency nature are postponed and shall be rescheduled at a later date with proper notice provided to all parties.
  2. All proceedings in civil matters that are deemed by the Court to be of an emergency nature shall be conducted telephonically.
  3. All proceedings in criminal matters determined by the Court as time sensitive to an individual's guaranteed rights under applicable federal and Pueblo law shall remain as scheduled unless given notice otherwise of its postponement with the understanding that in Court appearances will be limited and in some cases may be re-set for telephonic appearance.
  4. Any member of staff whom is ill or not feeling well shall remain home until cleared to return to work by the staff member's medical service provider.
  5. All business travel is hereby cancelled for Court personnel as well as in-person meetings for matters outside the scope of this Order.
  6. Any and all probationary check-ins shall be conducted via telephone with the Probation Office via business mobile at 505-506-7911.
  7. Any and all fines and court costs due by a criminal Defendant during the period of this Order shall be postponed until after Executive Order: SFP 2020-01 is rescinded without penalty.
  8. Any and all alleged criminal violations shall be governed by the following: Alleged criminal offenders shall be cited and summoned to Court at a later date with proper notice for criminal arraignment without initial incarceration per policy of Bureau of Indian Affairs-Office of Justice Services, Southern Pueblos Agency effective March 18, 2020.
  9. In the event that the Court moves to limited hours of in-person service at the Courthouse, Court staff shall remain accessible Monday through Friday via email at DMCandelaria@sfuueblo.com or via business mobile at 505-274-9974.

SO ORDERED this 18 TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020.

HON. MEKKO M. MILLER