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From the Earth, a Home. From the Past, a Future. Ohkay Owingeh

HISTORY & TRADITION – For more than 700 years, Ohkay Owingeh has drawn from the strength of our tribal people to preserve our culture, language and traditions in Northern New Mexico. The sacred center of our community, our plaza – Owe’neh Bupingeh, is a nationally recognized, award-winning restoration effort that successfully combines modern living with historical craftsmanship and unique construction.

RESTORATION – The goal of this preservation project is the restoration of the ancestral adobe homes in the Pueblo’s plaza — a timeless meeting place where children play, dances are held, and traditions are honored. Thirty-four homes have been restored to date, making it possible for a total of 42 families to live in the plazas. The rebirth of Ohkay Owingeh’s core benefits all tribal members and is a model for Pueblos across New Mexico.

$4 million is needed to restore the final 25 homes. With your help, Ohkay Owingeh tribal members can connect the past to the present, cultivating traditional values and cultural identity while ensuring a path for future generations. This is the way we honor our history.

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DONATIONS GET 50% TAX REBATE – As a special offer, for every $1 contributed, qualifying donors receive $0.50 in NM state tax credits and up to $0.28 in federal tax deductions. Invest today.

For example, a donation of $1,000 receives $500 back immediately in NM tax credits (for any tax paid in the state: income, property, commercial, even GRT) and applicable federal deductions off your year-end taxes. If you are in the 28% tax rate, you would get $280 back, so your contribution really would be just $220 out of pocket, nearly an 80% return rate!

CONTRIBUTIONS

All amounts welcome, recognized by sacred mementos of our tribe:

$10,000 + Cornmeal (Spiritual): Khan buwa

$1,000 + Eagle Feather: T’say whan

$250 + Evergreens: T’say

CONTACT

For more information or to contribute by phone, contact:

Leslie Colley
leslie.colley@gmail.com
505-852-0189 ext. 149

Or, mail your tax deductible contribution to
Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority
PO Box 1059
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566
Attn: Owe’neh Bupingeh Restoration Project

How It Works

New Mexico State Tax Credit

Qualifying donations get a tax credit equal to 50% of their contribution. This is good for five years, is transferrable, and can be used to reduce ANY New Mexico tax liability: income, property, business, and even GRT.

How do I donate and get my tax credit?

Step 1. Make a check payable to the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority (OOHA). List Owe’neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project on the check’s memo line.

Step 2. Complete the State of New Mexico Affordable Housing Tax Credit Investment Voucher form. On “Part IV: Description of Donation” of the form indicate that the donation was made to “Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority / Owe’neh Bupingeh.” The Investment Voucher form can be downloaded here or from the MFA’s website at: http://www.housingnm.org/assets/content/frmmulthtc_voucher.pdf

Send the check and the completed Investment Voucher form to:
Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority
PO Box 1059
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

OOHA will complete its portion of the investment Voucher form and return a copy to you.

Step 3. Claim your tax credit by completing Affordable Housing Tax Credit Claim Form RPD-41301 and attaching it to your state income tax return. This form (RPD-41301) is available here on the website labled “Tax Credit Claim Form.” Submit with the tax form MFA mails to you.

In addition, donors can also receive a federal tax deduction for their contribution, based on your federal tax liability. Contact your accountant for more information.

For more information or with any questions,
Contact Leslie Colley at leslie.colley@gmail.com or 505-852-0189

“To walk today through Ohkay Owingeh’s historic plaza, called Owe’neh Bupingeh, is to experience the tribe’s past and present simultaneously, and to see clearly the connection between the two.”
-Reed Karaim, Saving Places


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