Hello everyone, I hope this message finds you all in good spirits as the summer begins to wind down. I cannot believe it is already the end of summer! This year is certainly flying by. As the Executive Director for the Chamiza Foundation, I have been busy helping with several initiatives.

The first one I would like to mention is New Mexico Broadband Collective. The New Mexico Broadband Collective was established in March 2021 to support a statewide approach to ensure broadband services for all New Mexicans and is focusing on rural and Native American communities. The year-old New Mexico Broadband Collective has awarded its inaugural grants totaling $355,000 to six New Mexico entities to address connectivity challenges in their communities to access broadband internet service. The recipients are Picuris Pueblo and True Kids 1 in Taos County; the Pueblo of Cochiti in Sandoval County; Colores United in Luna County; the Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority in Cibola County; and Yee Ha’oolniidoo in San Juan and McKinley counties. The inaugural grants were funded by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, Microsoft Corp. in partnership with Purdue University, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Con Alma Health Foundation, the New Mexico Foundation’s Vecinos Fund, the First National Bank Texas, Wells Fargo Bank and individual donors. Below you will find an announcement from the New Mexico Broadband Collective for an upcoming summit, which we hope you will join.

Secondly, I serve as part of the New Mexico Advisory Council for the Golden Apple Foundation (GAF). The GAF selected their first wave of inaugural Scholars in New Mexico. There are 17 Scholars who range in age from 17 through 48 and come from throughout New Mexico. This first wave of Scholars come from Animus, Anthony, Las Cruces, Laguna, Albuquerque, Chimayo, Belen, and Chamisal. The GAF hosted their inaugural Scholar Institute in Las Vegas, New Mexico from July 11th -15th it was hosted at New Mexico Highlands University.  This is the first wave of a few waves for GAF’s inaugural class – as their goal remains the selection of 30-50 Scholars in this first year of implementation. Instructors were brought in from the New Mexico Public Education Department, Teach Plus, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The GAF submitted a $1M grant proposal to the New Mexico Public Education Department over the summer and was notified that they successfully received the $1M that they asked for! Very exciting! Below you will find an announcement from the Gold Apple Foundation, we are looking for a Chief Program Officer/ Executive Director.

Earlier this month, one of our board members, Beverly Singer, announced she was resigning from our board. Dr. Singer has served on our board since 2005. We are tremendously grateful for all her years of service to the Chamiza Foundation. We wish her well!


Dr. Amanda J. Montoya




Chamiza Foundation Board

Resignation of Beverly Singer


Dr. Beverly Singer (Santa Clara Pueblo) is a retired Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She served as the first Director of Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM. She also served as Director of the Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR), established by UNM Native American faculty to promote graduate student research scholarships. She is a documentary filmmaker and has produced films with Indigenous peoples inter/nationally for over 30 years. Among her productions are: “Who We Are” (2004) for the National Museum of the American Indian, an independent documentary “Hózhó of Native Women”(1996) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, “Native Youth New Mexico” (2018) for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and “Pueblo Women: Journeys and Pathways-Contemporary Pueblo Women in Service, Leadership and the Arts” (2021), a collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Library and Archives. She resides at Santa Clara Pueblo where she remains active in filmmaking and Indigenous education consulting.

The Phillips Family and the entire Chamiza Foundation board would like to thank Dr. Singer for her counsel, support, and friendship. She has been a blessing to the Chamiza Foundation for all these years. Her deep concern for all Pueblo people, but especially Pueblo women, helped inspire Chamiza to make decisions that proved to be beneficial and productive in all our grant making decisions.




Golden Apple Foundation

New Mexico Chief Program Officer / Executive Director Search

The Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching is seeking an entrepreneurial New Mexico Chief Program Officer / Executive Director to lead teacher pipeline programs in New Mexico. While the Golden Apple Foundation is headquartered in Illinois, it is working towards expanding its teacher preparation programs to New Mexico. The Chief Program Officer / Executive Director of Teacher Pipeline Programs will collaborate with Golden Apple’s Senior Leadership to build a team to launch one or more teacher preparation programs in New Mexico. This position will be supported by the President and the CEO of Golden Apple. For more details and to apply please visit the following link:




You’re Invited!

NM Broadband Collective Summit:

Achieving Broadband Equity in New Mexico

Friday, September 30th from 9am-Noon


Please join the New Mexico Broadband Collective for a virtual gathering on Friday, September 30th from 9:00am-Noon to hear from leaders in New Mexico broadband expansion efforts, highlight our state’s accomplishments, and plan for the future.

We encourage attendees to participate in the virtual event via self-organized community watch parties. Please feel free to reach out to us for any assistance in getting connected to other broadband champions in your community and planning a watch party. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Register online to receive the virtual meeting link:

About the New Mexico Broadband Collective

The New Mexico Broadband Collective was established in 2021 to support a statewide approach to ensuring broadband services for all New Mexicans, especially in our rural communities, Native communities, and other “hard-to-connect” communities most impacted by the lack of broadband connectivity. With backbone support from Groundworks New Mexico, the Collective is managed by a steering committee and includes representation from foundations, nonprofits, government, and private providers. For any questions, please reach out to Danielle LaJoie at