Season’s Greetings everyone! I hope that this message finds you, your family and community doing well, during this holiday season.

Throughout this year, on top of running the Chamiza Foundation, I have continued to serve on various boards and organizations such as the Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee, New Mexico Broadband Collective Steering Committee, New Mexico Broadband Regional Projects Workgroup, the New Mexico Agriculture Funder Group, Golden Apple Foundation Advisory Council, Groundworks New Mexico, New Mexico Tribal Planners Roundtable, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute Summer Policy Academy, and the Taos Pueblo Business Development Corporation. All of these organizations continue to do tremendous things for our tribal communities and for the New Mexico social sector and I am very honored to serve in these various capacities.

This year, the Chamiza Foundation provided support for 17 projects. We provided support for projects that focused on language, agriculture, Pueblo history, traditional architecture, arts & crafts, youth development, storytelling, and land stewardship. The total amount distributed into our Pueblo communities for 2022 was $201,571.56. The total amount included donations to Cochiti Pueblo Fire Relief, Acoma Pueblo Water Crisis, Native Women Lead and Groundworks New Mexico.

As a reminder, we will be accepting applications for Chamiza Foundation support in 2023. Our first deadline will be on Friday, February 10, 2023, for traditional applications. Traditional applications focus on our traditional priority areas such as language preservation, traditional architecture, sustainable agriculture, traditional arts & crafts, tribal & ancestral history, oral histories & storytelling, youth education & leadership, intercultural/intergenerational exchange, and education.

Eligibility-The Chamiza Foundation invites proposals from the following:
  • New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo Indian tribal communities
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo located in El Paso, Texas, member of the All Pueblo Council of Governors and the 20th Pueblo
  • Pueblo community leaders
  • Non-Pueblo organizations that serve Pueblo communities. These entities must submit a letter of support from the Governor of the Pueblo as evidence that the community has requested their involvement

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 let me know if you have any questions about applying to the Chamiza Foundation.

Lastly, I would like to announce that our office will be closed from Monday, January 23, 2023 until Monday, March 6, 2023. As I will be on maternity leave. If you need assistance during that time or have questions about submitting an application, please send your queries to and someone will get back to you. Your patience would be greatly appreciated.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year!


Dr. Amanda J. Montoya





Two of our long time board members have decided to step down from the Chamiza Foundation Board, they are Ms. Diane Reyna who has been on our board since 1998 and Ms. Beverly R. Singer, who has been on our board since 2005. We are eternally grateful to these two ladies who unselfishly gave their time to the Chamiza Foundation and Phillips Family over the years.  Thank you ladies!






Spring 2023 FXB Climate Advocates Program

 It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of applications for the 2023 Spring cohort of the FXB Climate Advocates Program!

In 2022, the program empowered three global cohorts (250 youth) aged 13-25 from 45 countries around the world to implement climate solutions in their communities and at the global level. Now it’s your turn to get involved!

To inspire youth to take action and understand how climate change impacts their communities, the FXB Climate Advocates is partnering with organizations like the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, Urban Health ab at New York University, Citizens Climate Lobby, among others.

The Spring 2023 cohort of the FXB Climate Advocates Program is a four-month online program that equips youth to implement climate solutions by building a network of like-minded individuals, developing connections with organizations working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and facilitating access to tools and platforms to implement their individual climate initiatives.

The program offers sessions to learn about climate change topics and develop skills to enact change. Topics covered include climate science, solutions, policy, lobbying, digital storytelling, health, sustainable consumption, and energy.

Participation in the FXB Climate Advocates program provides youth with a comprehensive professional network and a resume-builder for future environmental action. It also instills confidence in them to take on leadership roles in their communities and make a difference in the world.

The program will begin on January 28th and includes 9 two-hour sessions on Saturdays at 10 am ET. By the end of the program on May 15, each participant will have attended at least 90% of the sessions and implemented a climate project in their community. All those who meet these criteria will graduate and receive a certificate of completion from the FXB Climate Advocates program.

The application deadline for the Spring 2023 cohort is January 13, 2023.

Learn more and apply here: