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Native Newsbites – August 2017


Services for Nations, Tribes and Pueblos Threatened by Federal Budget

Last month New Mexico’s legislative Interim Indian Affairs Committee held meetings in Gallup to listen to presentations and testimony from tribal leaders and community members about the myriad of challenges facing the 22 pueblos and tribes in the state. Cuts in services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) proposed in President Trump’s 2018 budget would dramatically impact an already underfunded and strained system, potentially forcing parents, seniors and the most vulnerable to seek services from state government to help fill the gaps. “State resources are already stretched past their limit,” stated More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – August 2017


Aug. 3, 8:30 am–7 pm

Diplomacy Begins Here Summit

ABQ Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Downtown

Summit will focus on the creative economy, social entrepreneurship and indigenous entrepreneurship and explore the impact of innovation, culture and international relations on economic development. Cohosted by Global Ties ABQ and the Santa Fe Council for International Relations in association with the State Department. 505.888.1687,


Aug. 5, 9 am–4 pm

Native American Movie Actors Workshop

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th NW

Learn how to prepare and compete for being a background actor or extra. Open to Native Americans of all ages. $50/$35 for children under 12. Advance registration required. 505.820.0552, More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – August 2017


Aug. 2–4, 9 am–4 pm

Youth Filmmaking and Digital Storytelling Intensive

SF Community College

Presented by Littleglobe co-founder Chris Jonas and project director Katy Gross. Students ages 13–17 will explore basic skills in camera operations using professional equipment and their own smart phone. $225. SFCC course # KS418 01/CRN 10504


Aug. 2, 5–6:45 pm

Farms, Films, Food

CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Tr.

Food trucks, cooking demos by local chefs and farmers, gallery tour. Featured speaker: Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farms. Free. 505.982.1338


Aug. 4–6

Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference

Wisdom Healing Qigong Center

Galisteo, NM

Presenters include Dr. Judith Orloff, Father Richard Rohr, Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harvey, Dr. Gregory Shushan, Master More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – August 2017


Aug. 5, 2 pm

Taos Plaza: History, Myth and Memory

Kit Carson Electric Co-op Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd.

Illustrated lecture by author/professor Dr. Sylvia Rodríguez. Presented by the Taos County Historical Society. 575.779.8579,,


Sept. 9, 2 pm

Rte. 66 in NM

Kit Carson Electric Co-op Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd.

Illustrated lecture by historian Baldwin Burr. Presented by the Taos County Historical Society. 575.779.8579,,


Sept. 11–Dec. 8

Conservation Crew

Now hiring young men and women 18–25 for trail maintenance and/or forestry/fuels reduction projects. Americorps members receive personal and professional development training. 575.751.1420,


Through Sept. 29

Earth Bag Building Workshop

Learn to build a sustainable, affordable, off-grid solar More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – August 2017


Aug. 5, All Day

Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area Celebration

Casa Rosada (former Oñate Center), 848 State Rd. 68, Alcalde, NM

Grand opening. A day of events, music, dance, art, education and food. 505.852.0030,


Aug. 10

AgSpirit Assembly

NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces

Agricultural tech experts and entrepreneurs will discuss how to promote and develop investments in NM. Growers, suppliers and funders will attend. The AgSpirit accelerator program will pitch its products and services.


Aug. 10–12

Gallup Native Arts Market

Gallup, New Mexico

46 Native American artists.


Aug. 11 Application Review Deadline

Economic Development Proposals

The NM Economic Development Dept. invites communities to submit proposals. Next FUNDIT meeting More >

Journey Santa Fe: Mariel Nanasi, New Energy Economy

Journey Santa Fe sponsors Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. All conversations are FREE and OPEN to the public and take place at 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).


July 23, 2017 – Sunday, 11 am at Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffeehouse

Addressing Climate Change with Bold Solutions. With Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director & President of New Energy Economy Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy


New Energy Economy is the only opposition party to More >

Riding your bike to the Folk Art Market


The fastest and easiest way to get to the Folk Art Market is via bicycle. Bike Santa Fe will be providing valet bike parking for volunteers and attendees. We will be located on Camino Lejo just south of the main entrance. Cyclists should come into the Market from the south side of Camino Lejo, as the north side will be reserved for busses. From the downtown area, we recommend taking Don Gaspar to San Mateo, then left on San Mateo, which becomes Camino Lejo and will take the rider to the Bike Valet. From the RailRunner, take Alta Vista east More >

Group: Senate Republican Health Bill Would Harm New Mexico’s Tribal Communities

Report shows a 232 percent increase in Native uninsurance under Senate bill

ALBUQUERQUE—By slashing Medicaid and making marketplace coverage unaffordable, the U.S. Senate Republican health bill would have devastating consequences for New Mexico’s American Indians. The uninsured rate among Native Americans in New Mexico would jump an estimated 232 percent under the bill, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

“The Senate Republican health bill would be devastating to Native American people living in New Mexico,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “Our tribal communities are the cultural backbone More >

NMSU to host fruit tree grafting workshop at Alcalde on July 25

ALCALDE – Grafting is very useful in fruit tree production for both commercial growers and home gardeners.

It is a technique used to propagate a tree’s unique cultivars, to have multiple cultivars in the same tree to keep heirloom cultivars alive, or to introduce pollinizer varieties to a solitary tree.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is hosting a grafting/budding workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

“There are many reasons to graft,” said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service fruit specialist. “Grafting can be used to save More >

Senior Olympics State Games Free to Spectators

New Mexico Senior Olympic,s in conjunction with City of Albuquerque ,presents the 39th Annual Senior Olympics State Summer Games on July 19-23 for 1100 active 50-plus adults competing in 27 individual sports. The last year Albuquerque hosted the Senior Olympics State Summer Games was in 2006. Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch our active aging in action.

Athletes represent 25-plus counties in New Mexico including 14-plus pueblos and tribes plus 31 out-of-state competitors. Many athletes are event record holders and gold medalist coming to defend their title. Out-of-state athletes competing in New Mexico for the first year in the More >

Essential Steps in Preparing Chile con Cariño or TLC


Article and photos by Alejandro López


We can all agree that eating excellent-quality chile is an unforgettable experience. This is particularly true when its heat is matched by its flavor. Should chile—either the roasted green peppers in midsummer or a red sauce in late fall—successfully induce a sinus- or head-clearing sweat on a par with the best saunas, then it can be said without a doubt that this food is nothing less than “exhilarating, restorative, cleansing and even life-changing.” And that, my friends, is saying a lot for any one food.


Most of us also readily acknowledge that chile, with its flavor More >

The Magnet of Spanish Market


This year, on July 29 and 30, the 66th annual traditional Spanish Market will once again bring to life the Santa Fe Plaza and its adjoining streets, with cultural and artistic treasures that are sure to overwhelm the senses. Spanish Market, sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society of Santa Fe, brings together approximately 250 Spanish colonial artists and their creations from New Mexico and southern Colorado.


Among the arts that can be traced back 400 years featured in the market are weaving and colcha embroidery, tinwork, Santo and furniture-making, filigree jewelry, ironwork and pottery, along with many others. Artists More >

BOOK REVIEW/ Sisters in Blue: Sor María de Agreda Comes to New Mexico

by Anna M. Nogar and Enrique R. Lamadrid

A review by Alejandro López


Sisters in Blue, Sor María de Agreda Comes to New Mexico, by Anna M. Nogar and Enrique R. Lamadrid, with illustrations by Amy Córdova, is a recent University of New Mexico Press bilingual production from its Querencia Series. Querencia is a popular term in the Spanish-speaking world that is used to express a deeply rooted love of place and people. The series promotes a transnational, humanistic and creative vision of the U.S.-México borderlands, based on all aspects of expressive culture, both material and intangible.


This 75-page young people’s book presents More >

Community Conversations on Santa Fe’s 25-Year Sustainability Plan


John Alejandro


The Sustainable Santa Fe Commission (SSFC) is a volunteer citizen-advisory commission charged with advising the city’s governing body on sustainability-related programs, projects and policies. In 2014 the city council and mayor passed a resolution calling for the city to become carbon-neutral by 2040. To help achieve that goal of achieving zero carbon emissions (greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming), in 2015 the SSFC was charged with developing a 25-Year Sustainability Plan that also addresses renewable energy, energy efficiency, land use and water use, while developing a path by which the city can improve the overall well-being of its More >

Santa Fe’s Inaugural Verde Fund Investments

Projects support those most at-risk due to climate change, make solar panels accessible to low-income homeowners and provide job training


Particularly in the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord, local action has moved to the forefront as the best path forward in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Along with the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, the Climate Action Task Force, Carbon Neutral 2040 and the Climate Mayors Accord commitment, the Verde Fund is one of Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales’ signature environmental programs. In addition to combating climate change, it More >

Buildings that Conserve Resources


Katherine Mortimer


Designing water and energy conservation into buildings, sometimes called “green” building, is not only good for reducing the amount of water and energy resources used; it also provides more comfortable indoor environments and saves money. 


Heating and Cooling

Heat and cold from the outside get into a building in three ways: first by convection, where hot or cold air directly enters the building through cracks and openings; second by conduction, where the building materials transmit the temperature differential by getting cold or hot themselves and transmitting that outdoor temperature into the building. Insulation is intended to slow that process down. More >

Report on the First Annual Next Generation Water Summit


Nancy Grace


 The first annual Next Generation Water Summit took place at the Santa Fe Convention Center from June 4-6. The event was hosted by the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, the Green Builder® Coalition, the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. Santa Fe Community College was the official education sponsor (and site of the pre-conference QWEL certification course in water-efficient landscaping). Green Builder® Media was the national media sponsor.


Over 40 speakers gave presentations, which were grouped into three tracks: Builders, Developers & Architects; Water Professionals, and Policy. Roughly three-quarters of the speakers were from Santa Fe (city More >

OP-ED: Carol Pittman: Augustín Plains Water Mining Case Update


Water speculators are threatening Catron County’s water. Will yours be next? The Augustín Plains water mining case, the subject of litigation and fierce community resistance, could set a precedent affecting every New Mexican in the years to come. Where do big cities and profiteers look when they need more water? They look to smaller communities, those without economic clout or a political voice, those they view as easy targets. Catron County, however, is not going down without a fight.


Almost 10 years ago, an organization called the Augustín Plains Ranch LLC proposed to drill 37 wells to a depth of 3,000 More >

Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR): A Promising Emerging Energy Technology?


Virginia Cervantes


A promising, clean, limitless and affordable energy technology, rejected years ago by some scientists, is now receiving increasing reconsideration. Could this be an answer to our climate problems and dependence on the Middle East?


How was this potential new energy source discovered? Twenty-eight years ago, two respected scientists at the University of Utah, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, caused a stir in the scientific community by claiming that they had succeeded in generating “cold fusion” nuclear reactions in a laboratory. The process was called cold fusion because it operated at temperatures lower than conventional “hot fusion.” Cold fusion is More >

SFCC Hosts Artisan Spirulina Immersion Week with Intro to Aquaponics


SANTA FE, NM – Santa Fe Community College’s Training Center Corporation and Apogee Spirulina hosts Artisan Spirulina Immersion Week with Intro to Aquaponics, July 31 through August 4, on campus at 6401 Richards Ave. This comprehensive five-day course is a first of its kind, a combination Spirulina and Aquaponics course. Students will get four days of hands-on Artisan spirulina farming, learning the French cultivation method, an introduction to aquaponics as well as discussions that will provide students with real life experience in what it takes to build and maintain a facility.


Registration is underway. The $1,600 fee includes training and materials More >