Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope that this message finds you, your family and community in the best of health. We have an exciting announcement to share with all of you. The Chamiza Foundation is hiring! We are looking for an assistant to the Executive Director. The job description can be found on our website: Please feel free to email or call me if you have questions: or 505.216.2140.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to give you a heads up on our application deadlines for 2023. We will begin accepting applications on January 13, 2023, for our first round of funding. The application deadline is February 10, 2023. Additionally, we will begin accepting applications on April 7, 2023 for round two. The application deadline is May 12, 2023 for our second and final round of funding. The Board will meet on March 10, 2023 to make grant awards for the February 10, 2023 deadline. The board will meet on June 9, 2023, for the May 12, 2023, deadline. Please note, if you need funding for the Summer of 2023, we recommend that you apply for the first round of funding. We will be accepting applications that focus on our traditional priority areas such as language preservation, traditional architecture, sustainable agriculture, traditional arts and crafts, tribal and ancestral history; oral histories and storytelling, youth education and leadership, and intercultural exchange and education. Please contact our Executive Director if you have any questions.

There are three ways that you can apply 1) You can complete your application online through our website, 2) You can email your application to, or 3) You can send your completed application directly to me at . Please remember that I am available if you want to talk about a project idea/concept. I can also review your application before the deadline to ensure that you have included all required information.

With that, wishing all of our Pueblo communities a Happy All Saint’s Day tomorrow! Take care and be safe.


Amanda J. Montoya




Below you will find information for several opportunities that benefit our Pueblo communities regarding broadband connectivity, stipends for Pueblo Leadership to attend the White House Tribal Nations Summit and for our youth to learn about electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and amateur (ham) radio.



Groundworks New Mexico

Broadband Collective Technical Assistance & Grantwriting Fund Application

The New Mexico Broadband Collective is excited to open an online application for Broadband Technical Assistance Grants. This fund is managed by Groundworks New Mexico and has begun accepting applications as of October 21, 2022. This fund will award grants of up to $7,000 to nonprofit organizations, Tribes, Nations, and Pueblos, organizations with a fiscal sponsor, and eligible local government entities for technical assistance and grantwriting needs related to broadband expansion in the state of New Mexico. This Fund prioritizes applications from rural communities, tribes, nations, and pueblos, and other hard-to-connect communities. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is 5:00pm on November 11, 2022. For any questions about applying for funding, please contact Danielle LaJoie ( For any questions about the New Mexico Broadband Collective please contact Kimball Sekaquaptewa ( or JoAnn Melchor ( .

New Mexico Broadband Collective Technical assistance and Grant Application link:




Native Americans in Philanthropy

NAP Announce Travel Stipend for Tribal Leaders’ Travel to White House Tribal Nations Summit


President Biden is hosting the White House Tribal Nations Summit on November 30 – December 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Summit is an opportunity for the President and senior leaders from his Administration to meet with Tribal Leaders and engage in robust and meaningful Nation-to-Nation dialogue on key issues, policy initiatives, and goals for Indian Country.

NAP is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of stipend payments to support Tribal Leaders from across Indian Country who want to attend the White House Tribal Nations Summit.

To qualify, individuals must:

  • Self-attest a financial need
  • Be a representative of a federally recognized Tribal Nation
  • Have been accepted by the White House as the Designated Attendee for their federally recognized Tribal Nation.

Stipends in the amount of $2,500 will be made available on a first come, first served basis, until funds are exhausted. Stipends will be paid directly to the federally-recognized Tribal Nation. Please see the link below to complete the stipend request form:





The National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Interested in Amateur Radio (Ham Radio)?  Check out this great opportunity!

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is looking for 10 learners (18-20 years old, as of January 1, 2023) with an interest in learning about the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and amateur (ham) radio – including obtaining licensure!

NRAO is launching a pilot program aimed at interested young people (high school and college students aged 18-20) in amateur—or ham—radio and STEM. The program is designed for BIPOC or LGBTQIA students—people who have been historically excluded in STEM fields. NRAO is fortunate to have Jesse Alexander, a BIPOC electrical engineer and ham radio expert, on board to lead this project.

Amateur radio provides a hands-on entry point to understanding the radio spectrum and its practical uses, including communications, astronomy, and community emergency infrastructure and response. Early support and engagement with amateur radio has the potential to create pathways for students to a future career or lifelong hobby in the sciences.

They know it’s not enough to just “invite” students to the table. In addition to technical knowledge and experience, they will also provide the following support structures to all student participants:

*  Financial support/stipend ($100 per week for the 20-week project)

*  Weekly coaching meetings with mentors

*  Support students in exploring academic and professional careers in STEM

*  Networking opportunities

*  Conferences to present their work

*  Collaborations with partners

*  Connections with amateur radio clubs

More info is available here, including the link to the online application