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July 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
This event has already taken place. The recorded program will be available on our YouTube channel.


Closing our Senses of Place summer series, SAR, in partnership with the Thornburg Foundation, presents


Showing Our Strength: Resilience and Compassion in the Indigenous Southwest.


This panel discussion will explore resilience and perseverance within the landscape of the Indigenous American Southwest. Over the last year, Native-led groups and individuals from all backgrounds have come together to preserve and uplift Native communities in order to ensure that lifeways continue during COVID-19 and are able thrive beyond the pandemic.


Join president and CEO of the New Mexico Foundation, JoAnn Melchor, as she leads panelists representing a selection of these Native-led organizations through a thoughtful discussion of programs that work with and for community. Learn more about what is happening at a grassroots level and hear about what the lessons from this last year have revealed about the future.




JoAnn Melchor, Moderator, Native American Relief/Recovery Fund and New Mexico Foundation

Brian Vallo, Governor, Acoma Pueblo

Karl Duncan, Director, Poeh Cultural Center, Pueblo of Pojoaque

Olivia Roanhorse and Jennifer Lujan, Roanhorse Consulting

Joannie Romero, Executive Director, Laguna Community Foundation (Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee member)

Dr. Amanda Montoya, Executive Director, Chamiza Foundation (Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee member)


This program is presented in partnership with the Thornburg Foundation



and generously supported by Thornburg Investment Management, the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, and Patricia G. Foschi.

Newman's Own Foundation