Hello and Welcome to the IRC

The Indigenous Rights Center is a charitable, religious and educational organization.  Our purpose is to promote the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, and preserve and defend the rights and civil liberties of all Native Americans.

Indigenous Rights Center
1421 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Star Gazing and Story Telling Event

Star Gazing and Story Telling Event – Save the Date

Jan. 25, 2020 – 5:30 pm

The Dine Langauge Class with the support of the IRC will be hosting another event that will be free to the community. One of our very own language members (Gloria Ann Begay) will be facilitating a stargazing event. We also have a special guest who will be sharing knowledge of Navajo Coyote stories that will be joining us, his name is Ravis Henry. This event is to focus on building K’e and making connections in our community here in Albuquerque and surrounding areas (Tohajiilee and Santa Fe).

“Tribal Food Policy Model” training. Crownpoint, NM: 14 Jan. 2020

You are cordially invited to a one-day “Tribal Food Policy Model” training presented by the University of Arkansas’ Indigenous Food and Ag Initiative on Tuesday, January 14. 2020 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Navajo Technical University’s Library Lecture Room.  The learning objective is to review a comprehensive set of tribal food and agricultural policy samples and suggested policy language in 19 areas.
Please find an attached flyer and you may view the full Model at www.tribalfoodcode.com before attending the 14th training session.
There is no charge for this special event but it is first come first serve for a free lunch on campus if you text a RSVP to 505-923-0378 or reply to this email message by Jan. 10, 2020 at 4 pm.
Of the 19 sections of this policy model, the following seven areas will be emphasized: –Traditional Foods and Seeds –Health and Nutrition –Land Use –Agricultural and Food Safety –Plant Production, Health, and Sale of Produce –Water –Agricultural Labor and Business
If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Ann Begay information listed below. Thanks for your support and please RSVP due to limited seating. 
Cell – 505-923-0378

From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: 27-28 Jan 2020

From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock Jan 27 to Jan 28 Monday and Tuesday 8pm ONLY! Dir. Kevin McKiernan – 2019 – 89m – ALL SEATS $8 – Director in person! Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM

Diné Bizaad Discussion and Study Group, 03 Jun. 2018, ABQ, NM

Jun 3 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · MDT

Indigenous Rights Center (IRC) is happy to invite you to join our first meeting of the Diné Bizaad discussion and study group, created by Roberta Zayas, along with her family and friends. Whether you are fluent in the language or not at all, we encourage you to join our bi-weekly meeting. Roberta plans to keep this new program going as long as folks participate. We will be using the Rosetta Stone as one language tool among others.The meeting will take place in the IRC office located in the SE corner of the Peace Center (202 Harvard Drive SE, #5, ABQ, NM). Doors might not open until just before 1pm.

Just an FYI this group is to give native people — Diné people the opportunity in urban areas/border towns to learn their language and to create a community for fluent and nonfluent people to educate each other.Diné Bizaad Classes are normally expensive and inaccessible to all of our Diné relatives in Albuquerque so this is to create a space for people to learn/relearn/teach their language.

All are welcome.

Intersecting Issues and Our Community Activism (2017)

The following is a partial list of the IRC’s activities in 2017.


• Women’s March (ABQ)
• No Ban, No Wall (ABQ)


• Water Is Life Sacred Walk (Santa Fe)
• Testimony, Listening Sessions with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Window Rock and ABQ)


• Amnesty International USA Annual Gathering and Human Rights Conference (ABQ)
• “Water Is Life” – Solidarity with Water Protectors Event (ABQ)*


• Testimony, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (NY)
• “Medicine for the People,” A Community Wellness Event (ABQ)


• Colors of the Honduras Resistance (ABQ)
• Stop Solitary Confinement Panel – ACLU of NM (ABQ)


• Bears Ears Community Gathering and Information Event (Pueblo of Jemez)
• Trans Pride (ABQ)
• Gay Pride (ABQ)
• “Broken Rainbow,” documentary film screening (ABQ)*
• Webinar on Witness Against Torture
• Webinar on Federal Penitentiary Communication Management Units


• Testimony, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Geneva, Switzerland)


• Millions for Prisoners Rally (ABQ)


• Abolish the Entrada (ABQ)
• ABQ Peace Day Block Party


• UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Event at UNM (ABQ)
• Human Rights Challenges to Police & Border Town Violence Against Indigenous Women and     Peoples (The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and the Institute for American Indian Research Expert Panel: Findings in the Case of Loreal Tsingine), UNM (ABQ)
• Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Vigil (ABQ)
• Celebrating Indigenous Youth Resistance (ABQ)*


• Dennis Banks Memorial (ABQ)*
• Native Beats at UNM KIVA Club (ABQ)
• Indigenous Peoples Day of Remembrance (ABQ)*


• “Dismantling the Nuclear Beast” Symposium at UNM (ABQ)
• Letter Writing for Native Prisoners (ABQ)

*Hosted or Co-Hosted by the IRC