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The Chamiza Foundation

Category: Regional

The Foundation was established in 1989 with the intention of supporting programs that would help insure the cultural continuity of Pueblo tribes. Priority is given to programs that support and help sustain tribal life and traditions and those that also encourage innovative change. The Foundation has never considered its purpose to be the preservation of Pueblo culture as an antiquity. Rather the Foundation believes that New Mexico’s Pueblo tribes offer a culture to be emulated and one that is very much worth sustaining. The Foundation serves 20 Pueblo Indian communities, 19 in New Mexico and one in El Paso, Texas. Priority is given to programs in education, language preservation, youth projects, traditional arts and crafts, traditional agriculture, and intercultural exchange. Non-Pueblo organizations requesting support for programs serving the Pueblos but not originated by these entities are also eligible but must submit written evidence that the community to be served by the program is requesting it, for example, a letter from the Governor of the Pueblo. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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