Tribal driven change through research, law, and policy. 


What We Do

The University of New Mexico Native American Budget and Policy Institute (UNM NABPI/NABPI) is a research and policy center, serving New Mexico’s 23 Pueblos, Nations, and Tribes. The work of UNM NABPI focuses on research, budget, and policy analysis for systemic change anchored in tribally determined priorities and needs. 


Pueblo mother dressed in traditional clothing with two small childrenCollaboration & Partnership

The Institute works with a wide variety of local, national, and international experts on tribal and indigenous health, sovereignty, justice, education and policy. Experts include community members and advocates along with Native American, First Nations, and international Indigenous scholars from across the globe. UNM NABPI’s research and policy team engage in meaningful research, policy, and partnerships that drive change for rural and urban tribal communities across New Mexico and the nation.

Technical Assistance

As part of our mission, the Institute is committed to engaging and supporting tribal leadership and community advocates, through technical assistance, mentoring, research, and policy support.


UNM NABPI mentors students from a variety of disciplines and educational institutions across the United States and globally. If you are interested or know a student or community member who may be interested in an internship, or working with UNM NABPI, contact us at



The University of New Mexico Native American Budget & Policy Institute is funded, in part, by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation which has supported the work of the Institute from its inception through a grant to the Regents of UNM of $1.7 million for a period of six years. Carmela M. Roybal, Ph.D., MBGPH, UNM Native American Budget & Policy Institute, Executive Director, serves as the Principal Investigator of the grant.