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OP-ED: Chili Yazzie

Extractive Energy Addiction Is Killing the Planet


Stephen Hawking, regarded as one of the greatest modern day scientific thinkers on the realities of Earth and space, says the human race has only 100 years to find a new planet and to relocate. He suggests that life on this planet will come to an end because of climate change, nuclear war and viral genetic diseases. So according to Hawking, there are only four generations left.


Going to a new planet sounds so far out there, science fictional and unrealistic, but science and technology say it’s possible. Who will be on the spaceship More >

Native Entrepreneur in Residence

A Program of New Mexico Community Capital


Recognizing a need to develop and grow Native American entrepreneurial businesses, the Native Entrepreneur in Residence (NEIR) program was formalized in 2014 by the nonprofit, Albuquerque-based, New Mexico Community Capital. NEIR is unique as an accelerator or business incubator. It is by, for and about Native Americans. Its sole mission is to bring financial literacy, business skills and a network to Native entrepreneurs and their communities.


NEIR provides a culturally appropriate, supportive place for participants to gain confidence, grow and become successful. The program’s management team, board of directors and advisory board are comprised More >

First Nations Awards Native Agriculture and Food Systems Grants


First Nations Development Institute, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Agua Fund, recently awarded program grants to tribes and organizations under the institute’s Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative.


Each funded project aims to achieve objectives such as strengthening local food-system control; increasing access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and/or decreasing food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. Additionally, the projects help increase awareness of and involvement with the origins of the community’s food, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures, tribal economic growth and More >

Dancing Butterfly Naturals

“Love yourself from the inside out.”


Dancing Butterfly Naturals is owned and operated by Addelina Lucero. The business specializes in organic high-quality bodycare products (shampoos, soaps, lotions, salves, herbs, oils, tinctures, cough medicines, toothpaste, healing balms, etc.) that reflect Lucero’s Taos Pueblo and Yaqui roots.


Lucero’s philosophy is to be kind to yourself and considerate of what you are taking into your body, and not just foods and medicines. “If we consume unnatural things, that is reflected in our appearance and in the way we feel and think,” she says. “Products that contain parabens or other synthetic preservatives are absorbed directly into More >

Running Medicine Albuquerque and Taos


Imagine an intentional gathering in the middle of Albuquerque; where clean energy in the form of 80-100 runners and walkers sweating it out together takes place three times a week. Over the last two years, Running Medicine, a wellness program of the Native Health Initiative (NHI), has been creating that sacred space. It is based on the understanding that running and exercise is a beautiful, potent medicine to strengthen mind, body and spirit. The broader intention is to create a culture of wellness through a supportive, loving community. “We want to create a space that inspires people and families to More >

Ten Years of Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


Nader Vadie, Ph.D.


The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s (SIPI) Renewable Energy Program intends to continue to design, install, operate and maintain renewable energy (RE) technology hardware—photovoltaic, wind and solar hot water systems—on and around the campus, to supplement and create hands-on educational resources to train Native American students.


SIPI’s Renewable Energy Program’s goals are:

·                To enable students’ pursuit of advanced studies in RE engineering and technology, preparing them for technical careers

·        To provide examples and demonstrate practical uses of RE technology for students, faculty and the community at large


These goals have already been advanced through the commercial RE systems that have been More >

SIPI Students—National Leaders in Robotics and Engineering


Seth Roffman


In April, a robotics team from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based tribal college, took grand prize ($5,000) in NASA’s 2017 Swarmathon Challenge held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SIPI’s students competed against 19 other higher education institutions, scoring nearly twice as many points as the runner-up. In 2016, SIPI’s team took third place.


The Swarmathon Challenge is organized each year to promote the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields and applied robotics. The space agency plans to use the technology that the schools develop. Small, four-wheeled rovers called “swarmies” will roam the Martian More >

Green Fire Times ­— 100 Months


From the Editor-in-Chief — Seth Roffman


This is Green Fire Times’ (GFT) 100th monthly issue…and this publication is at a crossroads. Over the past eight years and four months, GFT has achieved measurable success, widespread respect, and has positively impacted lives—without adequate operational funding for a publication of its caliber. This is not sustainable. To be able to build on its accomplishments and upgrade operations to expand coverage and better meet the needs of our region’s communities, GFT needs to increase ad sales and other income and develop its online potential, while maintaining a viable print publication.


GFT has been invited to More >

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 >