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 to help get resources to the communities most in need. 

This fund provides 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 $1,986,268 of the $3 million goal. Eighty-seven grants have been made for a total of $1,773,304.

NMF understands that our tribal communities continue to have long-term needs. Can you help by donating now?


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

.Featured below are two recent Native American Relief Fund recipients, San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity and Collective Medicine.

SJCHE’s Volunteer 491 Food Distribution Team on an eastern Navajo reservation. 

San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity

The San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity (SJCHE) was formed out of the New Mexico Health Equity Partners initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. SJCHE works with rural and urban communities impacted by social, economic, and health disparities. The organization addresses social, racial, environmental and health justice issues, such as fracking and food sovereignty. The SJCHE is an entirely Diné-run organization, with an all Diné advisory council.

Throughout the pandemic, SJCHE has delivered food, PPE, and cleaning supplies to rural Navajo communities, individuals with high-risk health conditions, COVID-19 patients in isolation, and families with special needs children. They also installed 25 water catchment systems for Navajo families without water.

JCHE has been the coordinator for mutual aid partner meetings across the Navajo Nation and distributed COVID-19 public health and safety announcements in Diné Bizaad broadcast on local radio stations.

For more information, contact:

Hazel James

San Juan Coordinator

HJames@nmhep.org

http://nmhep.org/partners/san-juan-community-che/

Collective Medicine

Collective Medicine (CM) is a Navajo-led non-profit network whose purpose is to serve tribal members that have been historically overlooked and unheard, through exercising tribal culture’s intrinsic value of community service.

CM started the Water Warriors United project in April of 2020 as a COVID-19 relief campaign. The project is a water-hauling operation on the Navajo and Hopi Nations that safely provides drinking water.

Many tribal members travel long distances to haul or purchase clean water, which became a possible leading cause for COVID-19 transmission. CM quickly learned this deeply systemic issue needed to be addressed in the long term.

CM delivered 55-gallon barrels or 250-gallon tanks to elderly, vulnerable, and remote tribal members who do not currently have running water in their homes.

Currently, there are no other water-hauling operations that exist at this capacity on the Navajo or Hopi reservations. Since mid-May, CM’s team of volunteers have delivered over 800 barrels and 250,000 gallons of water across these reservations; a land size spanning greater than the state of West Virginia.

For more information, contact:

Keana Kaleikini

Chair/Director of Development 

keana@collectivemedicine.net


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

Featured below is a recent Native American Relief Fund recipient, IndigenousWays.

Left: Arletta Toland (Deaf) & Rodney (Hard of Hearing) receiving boxes of PPE, food, emergency supplies, and water. Right: Native Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members at the Shiprock drop-off location.

IndigenousWays received a Native American Relief Fund grant to purchase food, water, PPE, firewood, and personal items for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Native community members living in McKinley County.

At the start of the pandemic, IndigenousWays took emergency supplies to Black Mountain, an isolated community on the Navajo Nation. On these runs, staff found several Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities missed out on resources due to lack of communication and transportation, so IndigenousWays decided to support them.

From January to April, IndigenousWays delivered 200 boxes of food, PPE supplies, water, firewood, and personal items to DHH individuals and families living in Farmington, Shiprock, and surrounding areas.

Arletta Toland (Deaf) & Rodney (Hard of Hearing) receiving boxes of PPE, food, emergency supplies, and water.

“All (DHH) individuals and families I deliver these boxes to are grateful, as they have not been forgotten,” said Dennis Long, Shiprock DHH Diné advocate liaison. 

Tash Terry (Diné), IndigenousWays co-founder and artist director, said: “Our Navajo DHH relatives are some of the most neglected and isolated members of our tribe. We knew we had to act immediately.”

For more information, contact:

Tash Terry

Co-founder and Artist Director

tash@indigenousways.org

www.indigenousways.org


The graphic below shows the history of the Native American Relief Fund From April 2020 to February 2021. The pie chart shows the designations of the Native American Relief Fund grants by category.

Native American Relief Fund Grant Recipients May 2020 – February 2021

  • Pueblo of Acoma
  • Pueblo of Isleta
  • Pueblo of Jemez
  • Pueblo of Laguna
  • Ohkay Owingeh
  • Picuris Pueblo
  • Pueblo of San Felipe
  • Pueblo of San Ildefonso
  • Pueblo of Sandia
  • Pueblo of Santa Ana
  • Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Taos Pueblo
  • Pueblo of Tesuque
  • Pueblo of Zia
  • Pueblo of Zuni
  • Pueblo de Cochiti
  • Nambe Pueblo
  • Pueblo of Pojoaque
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
  • Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Mescalero Apache Tribe
  • Navajo Nation
  • Albuquerque Rotary Charitable Foundation grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Collective Medicine grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Dream Diné Charter School grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Dzil Ditl’ooí School of Empowerment, Action & Perseverance grant serving Navajo Nation
  • ECHO, Inc. grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Fort Defiance Housing Corporation grant serving Navajo Nation
  • IGW Children’s Hope Foundation, Inc. grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Pueblo Relief Fund (Indian Pueblo Cultural Center) grants serving 19 Pueblos of New Mexico
  • Indigenous Life Ways grant serving Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo
  • Indigenous Rights Center grant serving Navajo Nation and 19 Pueblos of New Mexico
  • Indigenous Ways grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Laguna Community Foundation grant serving Laguna Pueblo
  • Laguna Rainbow Corporation grants serving Laguna Pueblo
  • Lightning Boy Foundation grant serving Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh, Tesuque, Santa Clara, and Taos Pueblos
  • MoGro Mobile Grocery grant serving Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh, Tesuque, Santa Clara, and Taos Pueblos
  • National Indian Youth Leadership Project grants serving Navajo Nation, Five Sandoval Pueblos, Zuni, Santa Fe Indian School, and the Native American Community Academy
  • Native American Community Academy grant serving Laguna, Zia, Zuni, and Santo Domingo Pueblos
  • Native American Student Service – SFPS grant serving Native students in Santa Fe Public School District
  • Native Health Initiative grant serving Native Americans living in Albuquerque
  • Navajo Family Voices grant serving Navajo Nation
  • New Mexico Community Capital grant serving Santa Clara Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo, and Zuni Pueblo
  • New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute grant serving Navajo Nation
  • Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority grants serving Laguna Pueblo
  • San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity grants serving Navajo Nation
  • Santa Fe Indigenous Center grants serving Navajo Nation, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh, Tesuque, Santa Clara, and Taos Pueblos
  • Seeded Sisters grant serving Jemez Pueblo
  • Six Directions Indigenous School grant serving Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project grant serving Zuni Pueblo