Our Mission

Indian Resources Development (IRD) is a statewide program, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. IRD offers educational and professional development opportunities for Native American students in high school and college; and supports tribal nations in New Mexico in advancing their economic development goals in agriculture, natural resources, engineering, energy, business, workforce development, and education. Website links: https://ird.nmsu.edu/index.html

How is the mission accomplished?

  • By connecting Native American students from New Mexico with opportunities for internships, on-the-job experiences, and education in the fields of agriculture, natural resources, engineering energy, and business.

  • Through collaborations and network building that promote self-directed and self-sustaining economic development and management of resources by tribal nations in New Mexico.

Indian Resources Development was created by the Indian Resources Development Act in 1978 and is housed at New Mexico State University to serve the state of New Mexico.