Hello everyone, I pray that this message finds you well. This month went by so fast! I was busy with foundation work, board events, traditional activities, and personal matters. Unfortunately, my family got COVID right before Turkey Day, so we were quarantined at home trying to recover. This was my first time getting COVID, it was terrible! Plus, my baby got it as well, it was his first time getting sick. But we are all better now and looking forward to the upcoming holiday season.

On the Chamiza front, we are planning for some new things in 2024. As mentioned in our newsletter a few months ago our board participated in a strategic planning session. This plan will be used to provide us with new direction and even a new program. So, stay tuned for details!

On November 28th, the Chamiza Foundation was invited to the Santa Clara Adult Regional Day Care Center for a project showcase, it was a delightful event! Below you will find project details and photos. Also located in this newsletter is an announcement from Native Americans in Philanthropy for Tribal Leaders. Please share the information with your tribal leadership.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to give you a heads-up on our application deadlines for 2024 (in case you missed it in last month’s newsletter). We will begin accepting applications on January 12, 2024, for our first round of funding. The application deadline is February 9, 2024. Additionally, we will begin accepting applications on April 12, 2024, for round two. The application deadline is May 10, 2024, for our second and final round of funding. The Board will meet on March 8, 2024, to make grant awards for the February 9, 2024 deadline. The board will meet on June 7, 2024, for the May 10, 2024, deadline. Please note, if you need funding for the Summer of 2024, we recommend that you apply for the first round of funding. We will be accepting applications that focus on our traditional priority areas: 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 me if you have any questions.

If you have any questions about our foundation or questions about a program or project you want to work on do not hesitate to reach out to me. I can be reached by email at: Take care and stay safe.


Dr. Amanda J. Montoya




Santa Clara Pueblo Adult Regional Day Care Center


In March of this year, we provided support to the Santa Clara Pueblo Adult Regional Day Care to fund their Kha P’o Intergenerational Exchange program called “Bridging the teachings of the past and present to sustain our future”. The grant that we provided was used to nurture and expand this intergenerational exchange by developing more opportunities to engage youth and elders in cultural activities such as building a traditional oven, preparing traditional food and sewing. The goals of this project were to 1) To increase intergenerational learning opportunities between youth, elders and adults, 2) To increase the youth participant’s cultural identity and historical knowledge, 3) To increase youth participant’s knowledge by developing a “How to” booklet of each activity.

On November 28, 2023, the exchange program held a showcase at the adult day care center. Our Executive Director attended on behalf of the Chamiza Foundation. The event featured the young boys singing, a fashion show and lunch. It was a fabulous event! Thank you, Mildred, for providing this wonderful program to the Kha P’o Community School 5th grade class and the elders.








NAP and USET Announce Travel Stipends for Tribal Leaders’ Travel to White House Tribal Nations Summit


We are excited to announce that, for the second consecutive year, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and the United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund (USET SPF) are partnering to provide travel stipends to support Tribal Leaders from across Indian Country to attend the White House Tribal Nations Summit in Washington, DC happening December 6-7, 2023.

To qualify, individuals must (1) self-attest a financial need, (2) be a representative of a federally recognized Tribal Nation, and (3) have been accepted by the White House as the Designated Attendee for their federally recognized Tribal Nation.

The Summit is an opportunity for the President Biden 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.

Stipends of $2,500 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Stipends will be paid directly to the federally-recognized Tribal Nation.


Click here to request a stipend


Warm regards,

The Team at Native Americans in Philanthropy