Greetings everyone, I hope this message finds you well. The Chamiza Foundation board met onJune 10, 2022, for the second and final board meeting of the year. The board met to discuss applications and determine awards. We received 8 applications, 7 were awarded grants. The awarded grants were focused on Pueblo history/archiving, traditional architecture, arts and crafts, intergenerational education, youth education & development, agriculture, and environmental stewardship. We look forward to witnessing the success of these programs and projects. These projects are listed below.

As soon as our Chamiza Foundation Board Meeting was completed on June 10th, I left our great state and made my way to Princeton, New Jersey, where I served as Senior Faculty for the Santa Fe Indian School’s Summer Policy Academy from June 11th to the 23rd. This was our first time back at Princeton University since 2019. We had 16 students this year, varying in ages from 18-20. Half of our students were from our 2020 Virtual SPA II. We invited them to this year’s SPA II because we wanted them to have the full experience of going to Princeton and going to Washington, D.C. to present to our New Mexico Congressional Delegation. Our students learned about 4 topic areas: Restorative Justice, Protection of Sacred Places, Education and Community Planning. Our 2022 summer faculty included Mr. Casey Douma (Laguna/Hopi Tewa), Aaron Simms (Acoma Pueblo), Preston Sanchez (Jemez, Laguna and Diné) and me. Additional SPA II staff included Patrice Chavez, who is the Dean of Students at the Santa Fe Indian School. And finally, our fearless leader, Mr. Regis Pecos of Cochiti Pueblo.

This year my team consisted of four young ladies:  Kierstyn Moquino (San Ildefonso/Santa Clara), Kymani Toya  (Jemez/Acoma Pueblos), Eden Nelson (Navajo Nation) and Chaslyn Tafoya (Taos/Jemez Pueblos). I taught my team about community planning. My team chose to research four specific areas from a community planning perspective: housing, water infrastructure, restorative justice and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Our team was supposed to present to Representative Melanie Stansbury but unfortunately, Representative Stansbury was unable to make our meeting, so our team presented to four of her staff members, all who represented each of these specific areas. Even though these young ladies did not get to present to Representative Stansbury they did a wonderful job of presenting to her staff. I am so proud of everything they accomplished from research, to writing, to presenting. I wish them nothing but the best as they move forward in life.

Below you will find a snapshot of the information that you will find in our 30-year report and impact summary, enjoy!


Dr. Amanda J. Montoya



“Team Evolution” SPA II 2022 K. Moquino, C. Tafoya, K. Toya, E.Nelson, A. Montoya, R. Pecos

SPA II Fellows and Representative Stansbury Team
















Chamiza Foundation 30-Year Report & Impact Summary


The publication of the “Thirty Year Report” was initially planned for the Spring of 2020 but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the report was delayed. The report is now completed and can be found on our website at The report includes Chamiza Foundation History and Philosophy, Pueblo Funding Statistics, 2018 Community Dialogue Session findings, 20-Year-Report Follow Up and Data & Analysis section. Here is a snapshot into what you will find in our report.

Chamiza Foundation Grant Making Philosophy

Chamiza’s approach to grant making is less about what gets funded and more about how people on both sides of the grant making equation, the grantor and the grantee, combine a modest amount of money with a maximum degree of collaboration to get something done for the benefit of Pueblo people and communities. By focusing on relationship and outreach, the foundation intends to provide grant resources in a manner that builds capacity and empowers people to act, “to do the work themselves”, for the benefit of their communities.

Chamiza Foundation Pueblo Funding Statistics 1989-2019

The Chamiza Foundation was formally established with a modest endowment from Gifford and Joann Phillips. During its thirty-year history, Chamiza has provided grant support to all twenty Pueblos, the nineteen Pueblos in New Mexico and one in El Paso, Texas, for programs that could be classified as “preservation of traditional life ways.” From 1989 until 2019 the foundation has made 479 grant awards totaling $3,046,901.72. Approximately 57.62% of grants have been awarded directly to Pueblo tribes or Pueblo entities, while 42.38% have been awarded to non-tribal organizations conducting programs requested by the Pueblos and serving their purposes.


Grants Directly to Pueblos    Grants to Non-Pueblo Organizations   
Youth Education & Leadership $440,511.09 Traditional Arts & Crafts $314,054.00
Language $411,474.16 Youth Education & Leadership $293,343.00
Traditional Arts & Crafts $341,670.55 Publications $171,650.00
History and Culture $211,674.00 Language $145,895.00
Publications $182,746.00 Intercultural $53,779.00
Agriculture / Gardening $124,353,62 Agriculture / Gardening $52,293.00
Film / Media / Gatherings $94,817.50 Film / Media / Gatherings $34,500.00
Traditional Architecture $73,540.80 Traditional Architecture $22,500.00
Intergenerational $39,900.00 History / Culture $21,200.00
Miscellaneous $12,000.00 Intergenerational $5,000.00
Intercultural $7,500.00 Miscellaneous $0.00
TOTAL $1,932,687.72 TOTAL $1,114,214.00



Grants Distributed Over 30 Years: Directly to Pueblos

  Grants   Grants   Grants
Zuni 31 Zia 14 Picuris 8
Ohkay Owingeh 27 Acoma 13 San Felipe 8
Nambe 25 Pojoaque 12 Cochiti 6
Santa Clara 22 Tesuque 12 Isleta 6
Jemez 21 San Ildefonso 11 Sandia 6
Santo Domingo 21 Taos 9 Ysleta del Sur 1
Santa Ana 15 Laguna 9    



Grants Distributed Over 30 Years: Non-Pueblo Organization-Grants Awarded to Each Organization

Oo-Oo-Nah Art Center 32 ENIPC Fair/Awnings 3 Wheelwright Museum 1
Tewa Women United 14 ACL Hospital 3 Silver Bullet Productions 1
Poeh Center 10 Santa Fe Public Schools 3 Po’Pay Society 1
KCLC 10 Solstice Project HOPE 3 Laguna Community


LINA 9 Santa Fe Mountain Center 3 Wordcraft Circle of Native

Writers and Storytellers

Cornerstones 9 Flowering Tree Perm. Institute 2 Changing Woman


TNAFA 8 Indian Country Dev.


2 IAIA 1
Española Schools 8 Center for Land Grant


2 Pueblo Resurgents 1
Indian Pueblo Cultural


7 St. Joseph School 2 Iiwas Katrutsini Center 1
Heart Mtn. Prison Project 7 Dr. Shelly Valdez 2 Northern Pueblo Arts Council 1
SFIS 6 SWAIA 2 Recursos/Ned Hall 1
Santa Fe Forum 5 Keepers of Treasure 1 Crow Canyon 1
Earth Living Skills School 5 Native Americans in


1 School of American


New Mexico Indian

Education Association

4 Basket Weavers


1 St. Catherine’s School 1
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture 4 Dorame 1 Fine Arts for Children

& Teens

NM CultureNet 4 UNM/Ortiz Center 1    
Riversource 4 Mending Path 1    
Flower Hill Institute 4 Indian Affairs Dept./MNMF 1    


2018 Community Dialogue Session

In 2018 a community dialogue session was held to obtain feedback from Chamiza Foundation grantees for the purpose of evaluating the outcomes of the foundation’s grant making. The intent was to create an environment for open discussion and feedback about the quality of the foundations grant making process since the last community dialogue session that took place in 2008. The planned outcome was for Chamiza board and staff to hear the thoughts and perspectives of Chamiza grantees about the quality of the foundation’s grant making process and its consistency with the organization’s mission. Chamiza board and staff utilized an Appreciative Inquiry approach which is based on a process that respects and honors people for their contributions. The process focused on four areas of questioning: 1. Discovery 2. Dream 3. Design 4. Destiny. There were twelve major themes that emerged from the answers.


20-Year-Report Follow Up

In 2008 a community dialogue session was held to obtain feedback from Chamiza Foundation grantees for the purpose of evaluating the results and impacts of the foundation’s grant making. Chamiza Foundation board and staff utilized an appreciative inquiry approach. This approach focused on four categories of questioning: 1. Strengths, 2. Opportunities, 3. Aspirations, and 4. Results. The section within the 30-Year-Report contains a comparison of “Then” and “Now” within these 4 categories. This section helped us to gage how far along we have come in the past 30 plus years and what direction we need to strategically move in.

The thirty-year report has helped us to determine what our next steps will be for the foundation. In the report you will see a list of 18 next steps that we plan to take to guarantee that we uphold our mission.

The full report can be found on our website at 



June 2022 Awardees


  • Pueblo of Acoma-Tribal Historic Preservation Office: Images of Home: Identification, Preservation, and Archiving of Photographic (Pre-1970s) Images of Acoma Ways of Life
  • Pueblo of Pojoaque: Tapia Community House Project
  • Pueblo of Taos- Seed Saving at Red Willow Center
  • Pueblo of Tesuque-Traditional Tesuque Textiles, An Embroidery Class
  • Pueblo of Zia-T’siya Language Program Traditional Preservation Program
  • Pueblo of Jemez-Jemez Pueblo Community Greenhouse
  • Trees Water People-Revitalizing Kewa Pueblo Agroforestry Zones