Native American Relief Fund Update presented on YouTube Video

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), in partnership with Thornburg Foundation, recently presented Showing Our Strength: Resilience and Compassion in the Indigenous Southwest. Moderated by New Mexico Foundation President and CEO JoAnn Melchor, the program presented a selection of Native-led organization leaders discussing perseverance and resilience throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussions and presentations were recorded live and may be watched by clicking the YouTube video above. Learn how six organizations came together to support their communities, how indigenous culture and historical patterns were affected, and how Native American Relief Funds were used to support Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations in crisis in this informative video.

Speakers on the panel were:

⦁ JoAnn Melchor, moderator, President and CEO, New Mexico Foundation (Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee Member)

⦁ Brian Vallo, Governor, Acoma Pueblo

⦁ Karl Duncan, Director, Poeh Cultural Center, Pueblo of Pojoaque

⦁ Olivia Roanhorse, Director, Roanhorse Consulting

⦁ Joannie Romero, Executive Director, Laguna Community Foundation (Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee member) ⦁ Dr. Amanda Montoya, Executive Director, Chamiza Foundation (Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee member)

The New Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with local and national funding partners, nonprofits, and government partners, launched the Native American Relief Fund in April 2020. 

Your support to this fund provided emergency grants to tribal communities and non-profit organizations to bring food, water, and other emergency supplies to some of the hardest-hit families and communities impacted by COVID-19 across the Navajo and Apache Nations, and Pueblos of New Mexico. 

Native American Relief Fund has raised $1,990,053 of the $3 million goal. Eighty-seven grants have been made for a total of $1,773,304. Please help us to reach our fundraising goal and continue to support Native American communities in New Mexico.

This is the third of our four-part series highlighting how tribal communities across the state have met their emergency needs with Native American Relief Fund grants.