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.
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:

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:


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
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,

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.


  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 or via business mobile at 505-274-9974.