August 2017

OP-ED: Kayleigh Warren

Seventh Generation Youth Gathering for the Protection of Greater Chaco


On July 8, youth, elders and community members from the 18 Pueblo villages, the Hopi tribe, Navajo Nation, Comanche, Gila River, Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Ute, Yaqui, Cheyenne, Lakota, Arapaho, Choctaw and Shawnee Nations came together at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Seventh Generation Youth Gathering for the Protection of Greater Chaco. This event, hosted by Diné-Pueblo Youth Solidarity, the All Pueblo Council of Governors, Tewa Women United, and Communities for Clean Water, was held specifically for tribal youth, tribal youth councils of Pueblo and More >

OP-ED: CarlyJo Chavarría and KeShaun Shendo

Threats to Our Sacred Lands and Cultural Patrimony


Dear Honorable Senator Heinrich,


Thank you for taking the time to meet with us.


As you know, Pueblos in New Mexico are faced with increased threats to our sacred lands that are no longer part of our reservations. This is exemplified by the concern of the Pueblos with proposed fracking near Chaco Canyon that is to be addressed in the 2017 Resource Management Plan Amendment by the Bureau of Land Management. The New Mexico House of Representatives underscored the need for our communities to have tribal input in discussions about the protection of Chaco More >

Voices from a Chaco Community


Teresa Seamster


Chaco Canyon is one of the most unchanged ancient landscapes in the entire world. Chacoan architecture provides an unparalleled example of an ancient scientific ability to measure the Earth’s relationship to the heavens by recoråding solar cycles, lunar phases and the exact hours of darkness and light during the spring and fall equinoxes. Chaco was the astronomical center of the ancient Pueblo world. It unleashed the power of predictability and knowledge of time and seasons that governed, and still govern, human activity, availability of food and the success or failure of a subsistence culture.


Much has been written and researched More >

We Too Have a History!

Reflections on Kaafedeh (Blowing Leaf) – Herman Agoyo


Matthew J. Martínez


To the Pueblo people here, Po’pay is our hero. Tribes were on the verge of losing their cultural identity when the Pueblo Revolt brought everything back on track for our people. – Herman Agoyo


This past April, our respected elder, educator and councilman, Herman Agoyo, walked on with all those who came before. At Ohkay Owingeh, he was known as a former governor, religious leader, farmer, father and friend. He built a lifelong legacy of bringing the stories and experiences of Native people to the forefront. I’m honored to be one of More >

Debra Haaland Continues the Legacy of Native Women Leaders


Debra Haaland, from Laguna Pueblo, hopes to become the first Native American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She is running in the June 2018 Democratic primary against three contenders who seek to fill the open seat that has been held by Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. Grisham is running for governor.


A former New Mexico Democratic Party state chair (the first Native American to chair a state party), Haaland ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor on the ticket with then-Attorney Gen. Gary King in 2014. She has a background in business management and economic development. She is More >

Santa Clara Pueblo’s Reserved Treaty Rights Lands Program


Talavai Denipah-Cook


Santa Clara Pueblo (SCP) (Kha’po Owingeh) considers the Jémez Mountains adjacent to the current reservation boundary as ancestral lands of critical importance. During the late 1400s, SCP’s ancestors, the “People of the Valley of the Wild Roses,” came to possess and use their “homeland” almost exclusively. Through the 16th and 17th centuries, the establishment and gradual expansion into the region by nomadic tribes, as well as by Spanish and Hispanicized populations, had very little impact on the pueblo’s use of the lands. Historically and currently, in addition to hunting and fishing, these lands provide necessities such as medicinal plants, More >

Reimagining the Buffalo Commons


Stephen Wall


To look upon that landscape in the early morning, with the sun at your back, is to lose the sense of proportion. Your imagination comes to life, and this, you think, is where Creation was begun.   

­— N. Scott Momaday


When I was a young man, I used to go to work on my uncle’s ranch for a couple of weeks each summer. I marked lambs, branded calves and helped with the myriad of tasks that needed to be done on that 70-square-mile ranch about 80 miles north of Roswell, New Mexico. On those high plains, I learned to appreciate More >

Remembering our Sacred Place in Nature The Mother Earth Restoration Trust


Erica Ohliger and Nelson Caraballo


After 15 years of ongoing relationship and work with the Four Peoples of the Earth from La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, the Mother Earth Restoration Trust (MERT) was created. In 2015 it was formally established as a non-profit organization in the state of Colorado.


Witnessing the world spiral into deeper and deeper crisis, MERT was inspired by a call from indigenous elders of La Sierra who were listening and responding to the living planet herself and her request for humankind’s collective attention. They say she is speaking out to guide humanity along a pathway that leads to her More >

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 >