The MISSION of the Chamiza Foundation is to help insure the continuity and “living” preservation of Pueblo Indian culture and traditions.

Our Impact

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

It is with heartfelt admiration and acknowledgement 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 support 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

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

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. The Tribal leadership has also become a strong supporter. Thank you and many blessing to you all.

-Joseph Patrick Aguino
Tewa Language Teacher, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

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, arm bands, 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 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 are 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, “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 

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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 

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