Our Impact

Keres Children's Learning Center

The Chamiza Foundation has been a profound supporter of the Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC). They have partnered with us for almost 7 years now and have supported us unconditionally in our efforts to establish and open KCLC. With the gentle support, leadership, and encouragement of the Chamiza Foundation, the KCLC founders and Board of Directors along with the Pueblo de Cochiti have been afforded an incredible opportunity to imagine and see a more holistic approach to education for the sake of our children, our future, and our language. Thank you Chamiza Foundation!

-Trisha L. Moquino, Keres Children’s Learning Center
Co-Founder, Executive Director/Teacher

Tewa Women United

It is with heartfelt admiration and acknowledgment that Tewa Women United proudly proclaims 25 years of the Chamiza Foundation’s blazing courage to bring function and life to envisioned traditions. Chamiza truly allows transformative ways to breathe energy back into kindred communities! Chamiza Foundation must be congratulated for its zealous commitment to the Pueblo peoples’ many lifeways and expressions in programs and projects. Our tribal innate connection to Mother Earth’s kindred spirit of communal healthy relations is acknowledged by Chamiza’s continuing dedication to supporting programs and projects coming from Pueblo people and communities.

Many blessings for success into the future years just as creative energy of thought is reciprocal in nature. Ku’uda. Thank you.

-Kathy Wanpovi Sanchez
Tewa Women United

Poeh Cultural Center

 

The preservation of heritage can be limited by the ability to share it. The Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Poeh Cultural Center, the Pueblo Youth Programs, the Pueblo of Pojoaque Hoop Dancers and other programs have been most fortunate to be the recipient of support from the Chamiza Foundation. The foundation has repeatedly supported solutions, which greatly help to ensure the preservation of and the sharing of unique native arts. Through financial assistance and other opportunities, the Chamiza Foundation assists native artists and communities in the “doing, being and sharing” and the exhibition of their art while maintaining the integrity of Pueblo Indian concepts and worldview. We are most grateful.

-Phillip Karshis, Director
Poeh Cultural Center, Pojoaque Pueblo

  

Tewa Language Program

On behalf of the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, I want to thank the Chamiza Foundation for the years of support. Ohkay Owingeh has benefited tremendously from the continued funding by Chamiza Foundation. What makes this support even more valuable is that it is that the funding is guided by an incredible team of Pueblo professionals who serve on the Chamiza Foundation board. I also appreciate the support of the Phillips family.

In the seven years of the Tewa Language Program, there have been over 150 community members who have become empowered by learning the language. As a result, many of our students use Tewa language in various community activities. Tribal leadership has also become a strong supporter. Thank you and many blessing to you all.

Respectfully,
Joseph Patrick Aguino
Tewa Language Teacher, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Ohkay Owingeh Boys & Girls Club / Intergenerational Cultural Program / Language Program

On behalf of the tribal members from Ohkay Owingeh and the following programs, Boys & Girls Club’s Intergenerational Cultural Program and our language program, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved with the Chamiza Foundation for making it possible to enhance our tribal culture and traditions. Over the years, the foundation has given us an opportunity to provide the following cultural activities: dance regalia workshops which include, traditional rattle making, headdress making, waist and leg bells, armbands, turtle and skunk skins making, wag and manta making.

These workshops were responsible for providing over 300 tribal members (youth, adults, and elders) with an opportunity to learn how to make traditional dance regalia that we use in our traditional dances. The workshops that we provided are still reaping the rewards as a youth, adults, and elders continue to pass the knowledge forward. It would not have been possible without the assistance of the Chamiza Foundation.

The Horno’s we built is being used by the community free of charge, and we still are providing workshops on traditional bread making to our women, daughters and any tribal member wishing to learn. Once again thank you to the Chamiza Foundation for providing the funds to address these important cultural needs of our community. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Johnny Abeyta Sr.
Social Services Divisional Director
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority

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Ohkay Owingeh, “Place of the Strong People,” is one of 19 federally-recognized Pueblo tribes in New Mexico. It has embarked on one of its most significant and complicated projects, the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Plan and Rehabilitation project. The primary purpose of the Owe’neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project is to rehabilitate all the homes in the Pueblo ’s historic core village area and redevelop the traditional adobe homes that have fallen into disrepair. The mission of the project is to strengthen the culture, language, values, and traditions of Ohkay Owingeh as the families move back to live permanently in the historic village.

Mud plastering adobe homes is a traditional practice that we implemented by training the families and community about mud plastering techniques and the importance of maintenance which was once done by our ancestors. The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority is committed to doing this training twice a year with the families and community. These training activities have been funded by the Chamiza Foundation to assure that families learn the process and that the mud plastering and maintenance of adobe homes becomes a yearly practice carried out by the community.

The Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council, the community, and Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority are extremely thankful to the Chamiza Foundation for its support of the project at every step of the way. It has been a journey of true conviction which Chamiza and every partner had to have to make this a success for the community of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, and for that we can never give enough gratitude.

Tomasita Duran, Director
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Housing Authority 

Pueblo of Nambe

For nearly 20 years, the Chamiza Foundation has been an instrumental partner with Pueblo tribes in the revitalization of cultural aspects that have suffered from years of institutionalized oppression and inter-generational trauma. With their gracious assistance, the Pueblo of Nambé Community Farm has focused on renewing agricultural lands and re-inspiring respect and relationship with the Earth. The Tewa language at Nambé is blossoming as our summer camps and garden meetings have been promoting its use and practice. There are many more ways that Chamiza has been an enthusiastic supporter of the culture and people of Nambé including, a youth-led panté building project and restoration of the historic main Kiva and Clown House. We look forward to more partnerships in the future and we are forever grateful.

Nichole Carnevale
Tribal Administrator

Leadership Institute

Chamiza, unlike any other Foundation, has created an unprecedented deep and genuine partnership with Pueblo people. At the heart of this unique relationship is a trust and confidence exemplified by acknowledging that Pueblo people know what is best for them. It is so fundamental, yet so rare in philanthropic circles. Chamiza had the wisdom, the vision and the courage to dare to entrust into the hands of Pueblo people, the power of the Foundation’s decision making authority. The work is epitomized not so much by the amount of money it distributes, but how the decisions provide support, encouragement, affirmation, and validation of the ideas driven by essential Pueblo core values. It is a process that celebrates a return to core values as a significant part of our responses to the challenges we face. In that process, is embedded a natural movement toward sustainability that is often elusive in far too many approaches because it creates ownership and responsibility. We congratulate Chamiza and the Board for such strong leadership and a profound sense of vision that is leading the way to incredibly profound outcomes across the full spectrum. We are blessed and grateful for such a rare gift.

Regis Pecos, Co-Director
Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School, Chamiza Grantee
Tribal Leader, Cochiti Pueblo

Pueblo grantees are engaged as equal partners in the work of the foundation and play a major role in grant making decisions. By focusing on relationship and outreach, the Foundation board and staff continue to provide grant resources and assistance in a manner that strengthens capacity and empowers people to act, “to do the work themselves” according to their core values for the benefit of their communities. 

Relationships and trust have deepened and evolved over almost 30 years which has allowed the Foundation to more keenly understand the “real” issues in Pueblo communities.  As a result, grantees point to improved relationships and inter-connectedness within their communities as well as better bridges with the outside community.

Grant Recipients

June 2019 Grantees
  • Pueblo of Acoma, The Haak’u Museum Mural Project 
  • Pueblo of Cochiti: Education Department, Bridging the Cultural Gap 
  • Pueblo of Cochiti: Keres Children’s Learning Center, A Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness
  • Pueblo of Santa Clara: Honor Our Pueblo Existence Project, Buwah Tewha
  • Pueblo of Santa Clara: Regional Adult Day Care, Kha P’o Intergenerational Exchange- Bridging the teaching of the past and present to sustain our future 
  • Pueblo of Taos, Tiwa Language Program
  • Pueblo of Zuni, Zuni Cultural Development and Arts Entrepreneurship Capacity Building Initiative 
  • Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Tigua Pottery Project 
March 2019 Grantees

 

  • Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center, Sharing our Wisdom “Planting the Seeds of Knowledge” 
  • Pueblo of Laguna, Mesita Computer Lab Genealogy & Family Tree Making 
  • Pueblo of Nambe, Community Farm/Language Preservation, “Fruit of Health Preservation” Program, Year Two 
  • Pueblo of Nambe, Healthy Family Services/Expression through Art 
  • Ohkay Owingeh, Community Bread Baking 
  • Pueblo of Pojoaque, Living Culture-Speaking Tewa 
  • Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Sustainable Agriculture: traditional food ways and cooking practices; understanding of plants and their medicinal uses 
  • Pueblo of Santa Ana, Santa Ana Youth Hands-on Hydrology Outreach (SAY H2O): “Water is Life” 
  • Pueblo of Taos, Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Cultural Center: Tiwa Language, Culture, History, & Art 
  • River Source, Connecting Youth with Traditional Knowledge and Ecological Science at Kewa Pueblo and Cochiti School 
September 2018 Grantees
  • Acoma Pueblo – Haak’u Museum, One Coil at a Time: Revitalizing Traditional Acoma Pottery Making
  • Jemez Pueblo-Flower Hill Institute, Hawaiian Native Intercultural Exchange Program
  • Jemez Pueblo-Pueblo Resurgents (Center of Southwest Culture), Pueblo Resurgents: Land Based Leadership Summer Youth Program
  • Ohkay Owingeh-Native Arts Gallery, Restoration of Traditional Arts & Crafts
  • Ohkay Owingeh-Board of Education, Ohkay Owingeh Tewa Language Program
  • Picuris Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo Tiwa Language Program
  • Pojoaque Pueblo, Pueblo of Pojoaque Ancestral Village Rehabilitation Planning Project
  • Sandia Pueblo, Sandia Pueblo Sewing and Quilting Program
  • Santa Ana Pueblo -Language & Culture Program, Pueblo of Santa Ana Keres Women Language and Culture Revitalization Enrichment Project
  • Santa Fe Indian School: Kewa-Cochiti Keres/Tewa Language Classes, Support for Language Learning with Hands-on Activities and Symposium attendance
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo -Kewa Keres Language Program, Recapturing Our Origins
  • Taos Pueblo-Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Cultural Center, The Heritage Project: Tiwa Language, Culture, History, & Art
  • Zia Pueblo – Zia Language Program, Composition of songs using the Zia Keresan Language, which is interpreted through Traditional Zia Dances, and Cultural Regalia
  • Zuni Pueblo- Zuni Language Revitalization Program, Zuni Language& Cultural Revitalization
March 2018 Grantees
  • Flower Hill Institute, Run to Chaco & General Support
  • Keres Children’s Learning Center, Building Community through an Intergenerational Model of Keres Language Fluency
  • Nambe Pueblo, Fruits of Health Preservation
  • Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, Owe’neh Bupingeh Plaza Restoration Mud Plastering Project
  • Ohkay Owingeh Native Arts Gallery, Traditional Art Classes
  • River Source, Connecting Youth with Traditional Knowledge & Ecological Science ¾  Cochiti & Kewa Pueblos
  • Pueblo of San Felipe Health & Wellness (KICKS) Program, Traditional Native Plant & Animal Identification Project
  • Pueblo De San Ildefonso, Sustainable Agriculture: Traditional Food Ways and Cooking Practices; Understanding of Plants and Their Medicinal Uses
  • Santa Ana Pueblo Natural Resources Dept., Santa Ana Youth Hands-on Hydrology Outreach (SAY H20): Water is Life ‘Discovering our Ancestral Lands thru Water’
  • Santa Clara Pueblo Reg’l Adult Day Care, Kha Po Intergenerational Exchange: Bridging the teachings of the past and present to sustain our future
  • Ancestral Lands-Zuni, Encouraging Youth Leadership & Environmental Stewardship through outdoor experiences on Zuni Pueblo