The Pueblo of Pojoaque is one of six Tewa Villages in the northern Rio Grande Valley whose inhabitants date back to around 900 A.D. In 1946, the Pueblo became a federally recognized Indian Reservation encompassing 11,603 acres. During the time of the resettlement, agriculture was the predominant occupation. For the last thirty years, social and economic strategies have focused on developing a long-term land use plan. Land use allocation designations allows for commercial development in a variety of industry segments ranging from light manufacturing, to retail, and other commercial outlets.

Each of the nineteen Tribal Governments in the State of New Mexico has their own unique tribal governance and tribal leaderships. The Pueblo of Pojoaque is unique in this situation as the current Governor, George Rivera has served as Governor for the past seven years and as Lieutenant Governor for eleven years prior to being voted in as Governor in 2004. The Pueblo of Pojoaque has a very stable tribal government, tribal council and is very business savvy with regarding to business development.

The Pueblo of Pojoaque has the necessary infrastructure within its business team to move rapidly with business developments and land leases. The Pueblo of Pojoaque Enterprise Corporation (PPEC) is entrusted with 72 acres of commercial property along the 285/84 highway corridor. They are responsible for the various businesses (Plaza Supermarket, Mobile Home Park, Apartment Complex, True Value, Kicks 66, Chevron Gas Station & Convenience Store, storage units, RV Park and other business land leases). With nearly thirty years of business management and development, the PPEC and the Realty Department, along with the tribe's legal counsel and financial team, provide an excellent partner in providing economic opportunities within Indian Country.

The Pueblo of Pojoaque provides unique benefits to living and doing business within the tribal lands. A few of those benefits include:



The Pueblo of Pojoaque is located 15 minutes north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Centrally located in the Northern New Mexico region, the Pueblo of Pojoaque is at the cross roads State Highway 285/84 (Espanola, & Northern New Mexico) and Highway 502 (Los Alamos & Los Alamos National Laboratory).

The Pueblo of Pojoaque has a land grant of 11,603 acres in a "checker board" pattern that is surrounded by non-tribal lands.

Population Data:

Community Population: The tribal community of the Pueblo of Pojoaque is 423 (Tribal Enrollment number as of August 2011). The surrounding community of Pojoaque Valley is made up of three small communities: Pojoaque, Nambe, and El Rancho. According to the 2010 Census, their populations are 1,907, 1,818, and 1,199 respectively.

County: Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Community/ County Demographics:

Community and County Population                  
      Over Under Median     American        
Location   Population 18 18 Age White Black Indian Asian other Hispanic  
Santa Fe   144,170 79.0% 21.0% 38 43.9% 0.7% 2.3% 1.1% 0.2% 50.6%  
Pojoaque   1,907 72.4% 27.6% 34.2 17.0% 0.4% 13.5% 0.3% 0.4% 67.9%  
Nambe   1,818 76.8% 23.2% 39.8 17.5% 0.4% 23.4% 0.6% 0.5% 56.7%  
El Rancho   1,199 74.3% 25.7% 37.3 23.4% 0.2% 2.1% 0.3% 0.5% 72.7%  


Socio-economic Data:        
    Per Capita(*)     Housing Occupancy & Vacancy
Location   Personal Income   Housing Units Occupied Housing Vacant Housing
Santa Fe County   54,007.00   71267 86.9% 13.1%
Pojoaque   44,998.00   873 92.4% 7.6%
Pojoaque Pueblo       110 99.0% 1.0%
Nambe   47,182.00   842 92.4% 7.6%
El Rancho   55,452.00   538 89.4% 10.6%
(*) Muni Net Guide,  

Health Care Facilities:

The Pueblo of Pojoaque does not have or run its own health care facility, however, it does provide rental space at the Medical Center Complex within the commercial corridor. Medical facilities include:


The Pueblo of Pojoaque does not operate its own transit system, but rather utilizes the services of the North Central Regional Transit District.

Another service utilized by residence in the Pojoaque Valley is the New Mexico Department of Transportation Park and Ride system. The routes for the Park and Ride cab be found on the New Mexico Department of Transportation's website Click Here:



The Pueblo of Pojoaque has several options with regard to housing needs. The Pueblo of Pojoaque owns and operates an apartment complex, a mobile home park, and provides for low income or affordable housing rentals.

Apartment ComplexThe Butterfly Springs Apartment Complex is a 127 unit complex providing 1 and 2 bedrooms options with some studio apartments. Costs for the units are 2 bedroom/ 2 bathrooms ($725.00), 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom ($685), 1 bedroom ($610.00) and Studio ($535). Apartment units exclude: utilities, cable and water and sewage fees. (Contact: PPEC Realty 505.455.7303)

Mobile Home Space - The Butterfly Springs Mobile Home Park is a 211 unit mobile home park. Occupancy rate is 92%. Trailer spaces are 45 X 110. Rates for the rental space are $225 per month. Rate excludes: all utilities, cable, and water and sewage fees. (Contact: PPEC Realty 505.455.7303)

Low Income HousingWhite Sands Housing is a subdivision managed by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Housing Corporation. Housing units are single family housing with 2-3 bedrooms options. Housing rentals are for low income and affordable housing applicants. (Contact: Pueblo of Pojoaque Housing Corporation 505.455.3383)

Government/ Zoning Restrictions:

Pueblo of Pojoaque Enterprise Corporation is responsible for 72 acres of commercial property known as the Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza corridor which houses the bulk of the commercial development. Zoning in this area is the responsibility of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Enterprise Corporation Board of Directors. Approvals for lease agreements are reviewed and approved by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Legal Council, then the PPEC Board of Directors, and the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Council. There are no fees for this approval process. The Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Council meets bi-monthly and reviews/approvals can be expedited. Most agreements can be negotiated, reviewed and approved within a one month timeframe.

For the Commercial Development of the 72 commercial acres, all lots have been cleared on environmental and archeological clearances. A business plan with Performa reporting is required of all lease applicants.

No impact fees similar to other local cities or municipalities are charged by the Pueblo of Pojoaque.


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