Dear Community Members
Please be advised that the Administration has decided to extend the closure of the Pueblo until August 16, 2020. This decision was made on the continuing rise in COVID-19 positive cases around the area and in the state. We continue to closely monitor the situation within our own community but also what is going on in areas such as Albuquerque and Sandoval County. The closure might be an inconvenience to some but it is to protect everyone in the community. We also need to remind you all to take the necessary precautions to continue to protect yourselves and your family. Staying home is the safest way to protect yourselves. We also need to remind all of you to practice social distancing and we continue to stress not to invite people into your homes that do not live with you, even if they are your relatives. The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate and will infect anyone. We strongly advise that everyone wear a face mask when out in public, not only in the Pueblo but when you go off the Pueblo. As we mentioned before, the virus does not travel on its own but it’s people that are moving the virus around. We want to thank all of you for cooperating with the various orders that we have implemented as it is through your cooperation and caring for your family and one another is how we will beat this virus. Continue to stay strong and be safe. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all of you.
Thank you !
Governor Anthony Ortiz
Lt. Governor Delbert Sanchez
Dear Community Members,
It is with great concern that we write to you today to inform you that after four weeks of not having positive COVID-19 cases on the Pueblo, we are back up to 7 new positive cases as of today. We cannot stress enough the seriousness of this developing situation. The resurgence of cases in our community reflects what is going on around us with the number of cases increasing in the area and around the state. This is not what we wanted to hear but it all falls back on taking the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your family.
Unfortunately, we are hearing that some in our community are starting to gather in large groups, are moving from house to house and violating orders that we have implemented in order to protect everyone in the community. If we do not follow these orders and continue to do as we please, we run the risk of the virus spreading out of control in the community. From the information we are receiving, the spread is especially among those individuals ranging in age from 20-35 years old. We plead with our young community members to take this seriously, most of you have elders living within your households and some that have pre-existing health conditions who need to be protected.
As such, we ask that you continue to social distance, please stay within your own family unit, meaning do not have direct contact with people not living within your own household, even if its family. We understand separating ourselves from relatives is not within our values but we must do this in order to defeat this virus. It is important that we continue to sanitize our homes, wash your hands often and please wear face masks when you go out in public, especially when you leave the Pueblo.
Due to the continuing public health emergency, the full Administration has decided to continue to adhere to restrictions for the upcoming Santiago Feast Day (St. James) on July 25.
• Please celebrate the day within your own household. We advise that you do not invite guests into your homes to visit or partake in a meal. The situation is critical that we do not want to run the risk of gathering in large groups or going from house to house like we normally would do.
• There will be no throwing on this day.
• We strongly advise not to gather in large groups at the river on this day or anytime this summer.
• No outside visitors will be allowed on the Pueblo.
• Access to farm areas on the south and north sides of the village (west side of river) will be closed on this day. Farmers, please plan accordingly for the closures.
Your cooperation and strict adherence to these directives is very much appreciated. Thank you!
Governor Anthony Ortiz
Lt. Governor Delbert Sanchez
As you are aware there are a couple of holidays that are coming up quickly in late June and early July. We would like to update you on some decisions we have made pertaining to these upcoming holidays in order to protect the health and welfare of the community due to the on-going public health emergency.
St. John’s Feast Day (June 24) & Sts. Peter and Paul Feast Day (June 29).
• Please be advised that the Administration has made the decision that you celebrate these holidays within your own households. Due to the continued health crisis, we advise that you do not invite guests into your homes to visit and partake in a meal. There will also be no throwing this year. The situation is still critical that we cannot run the risk of gathering in large groups or going from house to house like we normally would do on these Feast Days.
• Access to farm areas on the south and north sides of the village (west side of the river) will be closed on these two days. Gates in these two areas will be closed for the day so we are asking that farmers plan accordingly for the closures. The reason we made the decision to close these areas is because our Tribal Officials have informed us that illegal activity has been taking place so your understanding with our decision is greatly appreciated.
• We strongly advise not to gather in large groups at the river on these two days.
• No outside visitors will be allowed on the Pueblo on these Feast Days as well.
• Vehicle searches will be conducted prior and during the holidays at the check point on Hagen Road.
July 4th Holiday
• There will be a complete shutdown of the Pueblo for the July 4th holiday weekend starting on Friday, July 3, at 6:00 pm until Monday, July 6 at 8:00 am. Residents will not be allowed to leave the Pueblo during this time, unless you have a letter from your employer and you are considered essential staff.
• Due to the drought conditions and the ongoing health emergency, absolutely no fireworks will be allowed this year. We do not want a fire in the middle of this pandemic as local emergency response teams are already on limited operations.
• The farming areas on the north and south side of the village will be closed on this day as well.
• If you plan on having a BBQ or cookout, please remember to only do these activities within your household unit. Please do not invite people that are outside of your family unit as you run the risk of acquiring the virus when visiting with people that do not live with you. We cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing.
We strongly encourage all of you to plan ahead to prepare for these closures. We also recommend that you take the necessary precautions when you do have to leave the Pueblo to conduct business or run errands. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially now that there is so much social unrest beyond our community. Continue to adhere to guidelines such as washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask each time you leave your home, maintain social distancing protocols of staying at least 6 feet away from people. As we mentioned in a prior message, normal life as we know it will take a while to return but if we take the necessary precautions, we will do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the health and wellbeing of our people and at the same time, protecting the precious lives of our community members.
Another reminder, please do not flush masks or gloves down the toilet, staff of the Public Utilities Department have informed us that they are finding a lot of these items at the lift stations and the Waste Water Treatment Plant, please dispose of these items by putting them in a plastic bag and throw them in the trash and please do not throw these items outside as they might be contaminated with the virus, we do not want to run the risk of children picking up masks and gloves while playing outside.
In closing, I would like to relay a message from our Council that they continue to pray on behalf of each and every one of you and while we understand there has been great loses within our community, our hope is that you all continue to be safe and strong for your families and for one another. Our community will persevere and come back stronger than ever with the help of each and every one of you. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of you on behalf of my Administration and the Council.
Many Blessings to You All,
Governor Anthony Ortiz
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with each and every one of you as we continue to deal with this public health emergency. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those individuals that have assisted the Pueblo during these difficult times, which include, my tribal officials, members of the Incident Command Team and our program staff for working in their various capacities to ensure that those affected with the virus get the care they need as well as organizing the food distributions that we have had since the pandemic broke out in our community. It takes the efforts of an entire team to complete the tasks and we hope you appreciate the efforts of everyone.
While it is understood that the COVID-19 virus is still alive and continues to afflict people in our country and around the world. I cautiously report to you that we have flattened the curve in our community, meaning those that were afflicted by the virus have been cleared by medical professionals and we no longer have any of our tribal members housed at the Buffalo Thunder quarantine site. This accomplishment is the result of the aggressive testing we have done, the public notices and closures we have put out in the community but also, a huge part has to do with our own community members taking the necessary precautions to protect yourselves. But we must not get too comfortable with this news. We must continue to stay vigilant and protect our families, children and elders from the virus.
As I mentioned, we have been able to flatten the curve and it is through the various actions that the Administration has taken to ensure the safety of our tribal members and in order to maintain our progress, we have had to make the decision to extend the closure of the Pueblo and its programs and businesses until July 6, 2020. The Administration has also made the difficult decision to cancel all the upcoming summer Feast day activities, there will be no throwing this year but please observe the day within your own households, it is still not recommended that you invite people to come into your homes to eat and visit. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
We understand the world around us is gradually re-opening and I am sure some of you are anxious to get back to normal life but that is impossible with the seriousness of the situation. Every day we hear on the news that cases are increasing in those states that have lifted restrictions early and we know how hard our community was hit and we do not want to get to that point again. So we ask that you respect and honor our choice to continue the closure as it is for the benefit of our community and people. Please refer to the graph below on how we have been able to contain the virus in our community through our efforts.
In early April, the Coronavirus begin to spread rapidly through the Pueblo and within homes. We believe that a large spread was as a result of 2 large gatherings. Whole families and their extensions were impacted and created a situation very difficult to control. With time and strict mitigation efforts, some relief came in May as we begin to see a decline in hospitalizations; fewer individuals testing positive for the virus; and members being cleared of the virus. With all the efforts made by each of you, the virus has eased and is under control. We are at the point where we have “flattened the curve” for at least 3 weeks now.
While we hope the virus runs its course and leaves the Pueblo, we are informed that our neighboring states, and areas in New Mexico where businesses have opened early and with few restrictions the COVID-19 cases and hospitalization are still on the rise. As such, we never want to return to those days of rapid spread within the Pueblo so we ask each of you to continue the practices that have kept you healthy and mindful that it takes work to keep safe for the sake of all of our People.
Please continue to:
• Follow the Public Health Orders issued by the Administration.
• Stay home except for essential needs.
• Use masks when around others outside of your home.
• Wash your hands often.
• Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
• Practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus.
• It is still not safe to gather in large groups.
• Visiting homes is still not recommended. Support one another through phone calls and positive thinking.
• Take advantage of mental health support that is available.
Finally, it has been brought to our attention by our Public Utility Department that they are finding a lot of gloves and masks in the lift stations and at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, we ask that you do not flush any of these materials down the toilet but to put those items in a smaller plastic or paper bag and dispose of them in the trash. Our Waste Water Treatment plant is expensive to maintain and we ask that you be mindful and cooperative in helping us maintain our water system. Thank you!
Governor, Anthony Ortiz
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
Total Number of Tests Conducted 1300 (approx.)
(Combined testing by the Indian Health Service, New Mexico Department of Health, Presbyterian Drive Thru Testing)
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.)
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.
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.
Daryl Candelaria, DCandelaria@sfpueblo.com
Anne Oandasan, Aoandasan@sfpueblo.com
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.
We trust you agree on the importance of containing the situation and ensure the safety of all members by
adhering to the new orders.
Governor Anthony Ortiz, Lt. Governor Delbert Sanchez, Fiscale Robert Garcia & Lt. Fiscale Mark Calabaza
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Please check the website for current information and status updates: www.sfpueblo.com
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.
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:
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.
To help community members understand how to stay informed while also protecting your mental health, we put a list together to provide guidance:
When we work together, we can protect each other and ensure each other’s safety.
Hopah kun’tsan thi’themeh
“Everyone live healthy.”
New Mexico Department of Health Hotline: 855-600-3453
San Felipe Pueblo IHS Clinic: 505-867-2739
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:
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.
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:
SO ORDERED this 18 TH DAY OF MARCH, 2020.
HON. MEKKO M. MILLER