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Brave Girls at the Santa Fe Indian School

Finding a Connection, Purpose and Meaning to Inspire Others


Darlene Coriz


The Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) serves as a catalyst for discourse. Since 1997, the institute has expanded to 16 leadership development programs, guided by mentorship, community service, public policy and critical thinking. Through integration of Indigenous cultural philosophies, these programs are designed to become assets for tribal communities. One example of this is the Brave Girls program.


Grounded in the philosophy of “giving back,” Brave Girls helps young Native women expand self-knowledge, develop a positive self-identity and healthy lifestyle practices, and develop the capacity to think critically More >

Raising Powerful Girls Through the Alchemy of Adolescence


Arina M. Pittman


She is 10 years old, still far from adolescence—though there are days when she shines through in a whole new way. There are moments when a glimpse of how she might look, be, as a young woman, is revealed.

She is starting to look outside of the family for ideas and expressions of what it means to be a woman and an adult in this culture at this time. She probably does not even know that she is looking for answers, but her peers, significant adults, teachers, media figures, extended family members and the culture at large all More >

Girls Inc. of Santa Fe


Kim Brown


In a room of the Hillside Center, home to Girls Inc. of Santa Fe for the past 57 years, fifteen 5- and 6-year-old girls put on space helmets they created and prepare to launch into space. Their mission: to explore other planets and bring back observations of alien plants and animals. In preparation for this journey their facilitators have spread drawings of extraterrestrial life throughout the room. The young explorers search for signs of life and sketch what they find before returning to their rocket for the voyage home. By playing astronauts, the girls are not just exercising their More >

Hildago Together / The Hidalgo Women’s Cooperative


Cory Sprott


If you have traveled west on Interstate 10 from anywhere in New Mexico, you have passed through Lordsburg in Hidalgo County. More than likely, you stopped for fuel, food or just took a break from the road, as it is the last stop before you cross over into Arizona. Truckstops at either end of town and the restaurants at the middle exit are what most people visit when passing through. You just might have been forced to stop due to dust storms from the wind kicking up the dry earth that surrounds the town in the summer, or because More >

Immigrant Women Raise the Floor for Workers in New Mexico

Somos un Pueblo Unido


Emmanuelle Leal Santillán



Lluvia Ramírez Orozco was fired from her job at a Santa Fe hotel after she complained about being forced to work without pay. “I was told to look for another job,” said Ramírez Orozco. “I had been cleaning rooms there for over a year and would have to clock out before finishing my work.” Months later, she was not only able to get her job and stolen wages back, but she helped her co-workers do the same. Today, they have positioned themselves as a force to be reckoned with—on and off the clock.


For years the families More >

Río Grande School Launches Early Childhood Speaker Series

SANTA FE, NM, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 – Río Grande School, an independent school serving students age 3 to grade 6, is pleased to announce the launch of its Early Childhood Speaker Series featuring four local experts on child development in the areas of family counseling and psychology. The school is now in its eleventh year of its 3- and 4-year old early childhood program.

“Río Grande School is thrilled to gather together these local child development experts to explore topics and issues of the upmost concern for parents of young children,” says Head of School Nigel Taplin. “We are very excited More >



Citizens registered to vote in Santa Fe County can sign up to be an election worker at one of the 90 precincts around the county. Updated voter registration information is required. To update your voter information or to submit a new voter registration application, call the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office at 505.986.6280.

Election workers must attend a mandatory 2-3 hour training class before being allowed to work an election. They must be at the polling place they are assigned on Election Day from 6 a.m. until all tasks are completed, usually about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.

All election workers are required More >

Women Benefit From the Creative Economy in Southern New Mexico

Tres Manos Weaving of New Mexico, Inc.


Teresa Guerra


Doña Ana County in New Mexico is a rural, border area within 50 miles of Texas and Mexico. The county is home to 37 colonias communities (unincorporated areas) that are among the least economically developed areas of the United States. More than one in three families with children under 18 live in poverty. More than 65 percent of the population is Hispanic. More than 50 percent of the population speak Spanish at home; English is their second language. More than 50 percent of families living in poverty have no member who has graduated high More >

WESST – Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team


Bette Bradbury


Long before it was considered politically and culturally advantageous to help women and low-income minorities start and grow businesses, The Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team (WESST), was born. In 1988, three professional women in Albuquerque identified a gap and a need among women entrepreneurs in New Mexico. With a seed grant from PNM, they opened a downtown office in donated space to house the new nonprofit entity.  


Based on the strength of WESST’s business plan, a $50,000 loan was received from the Sisters of Catholic Charity so WESST could begin offering start-up loans for viable low-income, female entrepreneurs. Women More >

Our Lived Experience, Our Solutions

Tannia Esparza

Te quedo grande la llegua…y a mí me falto jinete…”

My mother, my tía Norma, my little sister Cachis and I would make our way to a swap meet every Sunday morning singing this Alicia Villarreal ranchera at the top of our lungs. For years we packed all the yard sale finds we could fit in our 1986 Chevy Nova to make the two-and-a-half hour drive, set up our little puestesito to resell said finds and miraculously make enough of a profit to pay rent. I was 6 years old when my mother found herself strategizing with informal economies More >

SouthWest Organizing Project’s New Mexico Con Mujeres

Feminism Isn’t Like Pepper You Sprinkle on Your Event


Beva Sánchez-Padilla


The liberation of women is not an act of charity. It is not the result of a humanitarian or compassionate position. It is a fundamental necessity for change, for a revolution, a guarantee of its continuity and a condition for its success.  – Graca Sambo (Mozambique)

The blood that runs through our veins is like the water that travels through Mother Earth. Our bones are like the rocks. Our mother, the Earth, is alive like our bodies.  – Estévan Arellano (Northern New Mexico)

We feminists say: This is my body. This is my More >

The Roots Summer Leadership Academy


Cathryn McGill


 I was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma, primarily by my divorced, single mother, Rubye Carter. My mom was one of the first pre-integration black teachers at an all-white high school, and I sometimes wonder how she managed to successfully nurture, raise and champion five kids on a meager teacher’s salary, while adeptly deflecting the overt racism and sexism she encountered on a daily basis during her 31-year career. Upon her death in 2008, I wrote “The Hand That Rocked My Cradle,” a tribute song explaining how her unwavering support was the powerful example that “shaped my world.” And though mom More >

Newbites – September 2016


UNIFY FEST – September 22-25 at Las Golondrinas

Nathan Crane is an award-winning author, filmmaker and inspirational speaker who is motivated to help people experience healthy, sustainable, meaningful lives. He is a passionate advocate for collaboration among eco-conscious leaders, organizations, families and activists.


Crane has focused his heart, mind, energy and resources to produce UNIFY FEST, a four-day “transformational” festival dedicated to sustainable living. The festival will feature renowned musicians, speakers, workshop teachers, yoga instructors and indigenous leaders conducting ceremonies. The event will offer family, adult and children’s activities. Camping sites will be available.


In addition to inspiring people to live in harmony with More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – September 2016


Sept. 8, 9 am–1 pm

UNM Health Sciences Center Job Fair

HSC North Campus Upper Plaza

Open to physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, etc., as well as health profession students from any NM educational institution.

  Sept. 9–11

Ecological Restoration Volunteer Project

Limestone Canyon, San Mateo Mountains

Join the ABQ Wildlife Federation in building riparian restoration structures to improve wildlife habitat.,

  Sept. 10, Oct.1, Nov. 5, 9 am–12 pm

Backyard Farming Series

Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta SW

9/10: Garden Journaling workshop will present observation skills, mapping and reading catalogs; 10/1: Composting Basics and Improvements. Turn garden and food waste into nutritious More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – September 2016


Sept. 7, 11:30 am–1 pm

Green Lunch

SF Area Homebuilders, 2520-B Cam. Entrada

“Protecting the Pecos: Iconic Lands with Deep Roots” by Michael Casaus and Mark Allison from the NM Wilderness Alliance. $20/$15. Presented by the SF Green Chamber of Commerce. Reservations: 505.982.1774


Sept. 10, 10 am–12 pm

SF Citizens’ Climate Lobby

La Montañita Co-op Community Rm., 913 W. Alameda

Learn about climate change solutions that bridge the partisan divide such as the carbon fee dividend, which gives revenue back to households.


Sept. 10, 12–5 pm; Concert: 6:30–10 pm

Fiesta Sustainability Showcase

Scottish Rite Center, Paseo de Peralta & Washington St.

Sustainable energy and transportation info, healthy food and home More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – September 2016


Through Sept. 11

Mabel Dodge Luhjan & Company

Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St.

“American Moderns and the West,” an exhibit detailing Luhan’s impact on the art, writings and activism of 20th-century modernists Dorothy Brett, D.H. Lawrence, Marsden Hartley and others. Closed Mondays. 575.758.9826,


Sept. 24, 10 am–1:30 pm

Wetlands and Private Lands Workshop

Taos Land Trust Property

Learn how to make your rangeland more productive while protecting wetland resources. Speakers’ presentations and time in the field. RSVP: 575.758.3874,


Oct. 1, 9 am–5 pm; Oct. 2, 9 am–4 pm

Taos Wool Festival

Kit Carson Park

Wool market featuring juried vendors. Fiber art demonstrations, workshops, silent auction, kids activities, More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – September 2016


Sept. 3, 6:30 am

Resilience Run/Walk

Shiprock, NM

Event to raise awareness of the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill. Begins with traditional Navajo blessing at mile marker 31 on U.S. Highway 64, just west of Hogback. Concludes with blessing of the San Juan River and speakers at Shiprock Nizhoni Park. Free and open to the public. or


Sept. 9

Basic Literacy Tutor Training

Española area

After training by the NM Coalition for Literacy, volunteer tutors are matched with an adult student. 505.747.6162,,


Sept. 10, 10 am–4 pm

WE Mean Business Conference

NMSU’s Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., Las Cruces, NM

Conference aimed More >

Awesome Foundation Santa Fe Accepting Grant Applications



Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe chapter of the Awesome Foundation is accepting applications for a $1,000 micro-grant that will be awarded to invest in a local project that aims to make Santa Fe a better place to live, work, and play. Applications are due by October 1, 2016, with the grant to be awarded in early November.


The foundation funds local projects in science, technology, art, education, entertainment, or social good. Projects should demonstrate a clear community benefit with immediate impact by helping other people or creating a better environment for them. To date, the chapter has awarded eight More >

¡La Vida Local! HMI and Red Tractor Farm to Engage Consumers in the Local Food Movement



Holistic Management International (HMI) will present Open Gate: Red Tractor Farm Day at Red Tractor Farm in Albuquerque, NM on Sept. 19, 2016. The theme of the event is ¡La Vida Local! Feeding our Community with Farm Stewardship.


This farm field day will allow consumers to learn more about their local food system, how to tell if their food is nutrient-dense and how farmers and backyard gardeners can improve land health and grow healthy food.


Advance registration is $25 per person (by Sept. 15) and includes a delicious, farm-fresh lunch. Walk-in registration is $35 per person, if available. Register soon as space is More >

Journey Santa Fe: How Citizen Science Leads to Environmental Activism, with Sharman Apt Russell

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 & Iconic Coffee House (202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe, NM).

August 28, Sunday, 11 am @Collected Works Bookstore & Iconic Coffeehouse

With Professor SHARMAN APT RUSSELL, Nature and Science Writer at Western New Mexico University, and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Journey Hosts: Bill Dupuy and Alan Webber

Russell will be speaking on the emerging role of More >