Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women.
The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be transl Tewa Women United (TWU) started in 1989 as a support group for women from the Pueblos of the northern Rio Grande concerned with the traumatic effects of colonization, religious inquisition, and militarization leading to issues such as alcoholism, su***de, domestic/sexual violence and environmental violence. In the safe space we created, we transformed and empowered one another through critical analysis and by embracing and reaffirming our cultural identity. In 2001 we transitioned from an informal, all volunteer group to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tewa Women United was incorporated for educational, social and benevolent purposes, specifically for the ending of all forms of violence against Native Women and girls, Mother Earth and to promote peace in New Mexico.
Operating as usual
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has proclaimed April 11-17 2021 as Black Maternal Health Week in New Mexico. This measure centers community, acknowledges health inequities and echoes national directives to prioritize Black maternal health in order to achieve equity in women’s health care, policy and provision. Both the local and national proclamations call upon us to actively de-construct racism in medicine, through the leadership of Black Mamas, Black Women led organizations, and the thought leadership of the communities most impacted.
- With thanks to New Mexico Birth Equity Collaborative
Something to celebrate: Jade Begay of the Pueblo of Tesuque is one of two New Mexicans chosen for the new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which has 26 members from around the country.
“I really attribute what I do and who I am right now to being a Pueblo kid, growing up in that community, really immersed in my culture, really immersed in my traditions,” said Begay, climate justice campaign director for NDN Collective, an Indigenous rights group.
Remembering this today, as we remember and honor the life of Daunte Wright.
Police violence against Black people and all peoples must stop, militarized policing must be defunded. We must consciously intend and commit to stop inflicting suffering upon each other. We must all divest of the tactics and strategies of the Culture of Violence. We must refuse to be used as tools to harm to our relatives and our Earth Mother. We believe that hatred and cruelty are learned and conditioned behaviors, not our natural way of being. We have, within each of us, the Power and Light to come together and end this Culture of Violence.
Tewa Women United envisions movement(s) rooted in P’in Haa (Breath of Heart/Life) and P’in Nall (Touching Heart and Spirit) that nurture and celebrate the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).
wonderful opportunity for youth.... contribute your art, poetry, photography, or writing to help create this new Zine from Communities for Clean Water
Calling all youth and community artists!
Communities for Clean Water is working on a new ZINE and would love to feature your art, poetry, photography or writing. Open to all mediums and creative ideas. Submissions due June 1st!
Some questions to spark your reflection:
** Why is water sacred to you?
** What does it feel like in your body to live near LANL?
** How has your family and community been impacted by LANL?
** If water, land and air could speak, what would their message be?
Nuclear Issues Study Group, YUCCA Action, Tewa Women United, Amigos Bravos, New Mexico Acequia Association, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Northern Youth Project, Alas De Agua Art Collective
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LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard *** Rest in power
"...when Dakota Access first came, I looked at the pipeline map and knew that my entire world was in danger. If we allow this pipeline, we will lose everything. We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.”
Allard was one of the founders of the Sacred Stones Camp, which was the first resistance camp aimed at stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannonball, North Dakota on her family’s land.
She died on Saturday, April 10, from brain cancer at the age of 64. All respect to this courageous woman.
Tewa Women United is at the forefront of interventions to end violence against women and girls, and recognizes how violence against women creates deep and lasting impacts for families and communities.
TWU's Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project was started as a response to the child sexual abuse and sexual violence that we were seeing in our local communities. Giving people a voice, teaching healthy touch and attachment, and creating trusted networks of support around pregnancy, birth and early childhood were among the project's original objectives.
Our work has always focused on providing survivor centered care, to encourage healing and advocacy in our communities. Today, we continue to uplift this as a core understanding and skill set of community-based doula practice.
Last spring, we were overjoyed to open up the Española Healing Foods Seed Library. The library had to go dormant for most of the pandemic, but it's once again open! You can access the seed library inside the City of Española Public Library, open Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 11 am and 1 - 4 pm. Learn more about the seed library here: https://tewawomenunited.org/espanola-healing-foods-seed-library
Our friends at SisterSong are launching a Youth Organizing Council for young people 18-25 years old who are interested in Reproductive Justice organizing. Members of the council will inform SisterSong's youth outreach initiatives, assist in planning of the second annual RJ Summer Institute, and have the opportunity to network and meet leaders in the RJ movement.
Good news! Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB 84, the #CommunitySolar bill, into law today. This is one of the #nmleg bills that TWU endorsed along with our community partners.
Community solar will deploy distributed clean energy projects across the state more quickly and reduce the overall cost of transitioning. Most important, it ensures the benefits of clean energy will be delivered to disenfranchised communities previously left out of the clean energy revolution. This includes a mandate that 30% of all community solar energy benefits low-income households and protects the rights of tribes and pueblos to develop their own projects.
Thank you to everyone who helped advocate for this bill -- your voices make a difference!
This evening (Sunday) at 7 pm Eastern Time... Elder Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez and Dr. Corrine Sanchez will participate in a special reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s "Beyond Vietnam—Breaking the Silence." We hope you will join us. Register and learn more at www.kingandbreakingsilence.org
AN INTERGENERATIONAL CALL for unity and action APRIL 4, 2021 – 7:00 PM EST BREAKING THE SILENCE REGISTER NOW CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD 00Days 00Hours 00Minutes 00Seconds WHY BREAKING THE SILENCE? April 4 is the date Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while he was in Memphis, T...
This past week, Tewa Women United joined nearly 500 leaders, activists and celebrities in signing an open letter in support of trans women and girls. GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, released the letter signed by feminist leaders standing in solidarity with transgender women and girls in honor of Women's History Month and Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31). Read the letter here: https://www.glaad.org/tdovletter
Join our Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project on April 13 as we chat about how to introduce solids to your baby. Baby-led weaning means skipping purees and instead letting babies feed themselves finger foods right from the start! This support circle is facilitated by Kim Talachy, a Community Doula, mother, and parent-educator.
Friday, April 2, 2021. Webinar series Protecting our Traditional Food and Ecosystem: Knowledge-Sharing with Indigenous Peoples.
Attention Rio Arriba County Community!
Our RAC STOP Office of Substance Abuse Prevention Program is currently requesting participation from any and all Rio Arriba County community members 18 and up to participate in the annual New Mexico Community Survey (NMCS), helping us to meet our grant requirements. You can take the survey by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/NMCS2021.
The NMCS asks questions about alcohol and other substance use, including prescription Opioids, drinking & driving, etc. The survey is completely voluntary, anonymous, and any question may be skipped. The survey is available to take online from March 1-April 30 2021, and gives you a chance to win a $100 gift card or $500 cash prize.
We are pleased to be participating in a special reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s still relevant Beyond Vietnam—Breaking the Silence speech this coming Sunday, April 4 at 7PM Eastern time. We hope you will join us. Register and learn more at www.kingandbreakingsilence.org
We are writing to inform you of the March 26th, 2021 deadline to submit comments for the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s proposed rule changes to the NMAC 17.4.2 which proposes to charge fees for the installation of telecom facilities in the Rights-of-way controlled by NMDoT. Response comments will be filed on April 9th, 2021. There will be a public hearing on the matter April 23rd, 2021 at 1pm via zoom. Instructions will be on the departments website at http://www.dot.state.nm.us The area of the rights-of-way would include all federal, us, and state highways within NMDoT’s jurisdiction. The big take-away is that NMDoT is proposing to what we believe are exorbitant fees to place telecom facilities such as fiber cables, small cell, and macro tower’s in the rights-of-way. For example, to bore 1 mile of fiber optic cable will cost $5000 in an upfront fee and depending on the area, between $1000-$5000 per mile in annual fees. We believe it will cause all telecom providers to drastically raise their rates and or pass the fees on to the customer as allowed by New Mexico law. We are unsure if NMDoT will make the fees retroactive.
To send your comments electronically, you may send them to [email protected] and your subject should be “NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING REPEAL AND REPLACEMENT OF 17.4.2 NMAC” If you are opposed to the new rule making, due to the fees, please say so in your subject body and why.
We would also encourage you to forward this email to all your friends and family in New Mexico.
We would like to thank all of our community members, supporters and partner organizations for their endless work and advocating to make a better future for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ relatives here within New Mexico.
Tewa Women United focuses on embodying courageous spaces that center Indigenous women and girls to connect with ancestral knowingness, healing strengths, and lifeways for the wellbeing of ALL. We believe the following legislation directly relates to our mission.
Here are some pieces of legislation that TWU supported through this session that passed the legislator and have made it to the Governor's desk:
SB 96 “MATERNAL MORTALITY CASE REVIEWS” AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH; AMENDING THE MATERNAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY PREVENTION ACT TO CLARIFY THE TYPES OF CASES REVIEWED BY THE MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE; EXPANDING COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP, MEMBERSHIP, POWERS AND PRIVILEGES; REQUIRING APPROVAL BY THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH FOR COMMITTEE ACTIONS;
PROVIDING FOR AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE; CLARIFYING MEMBERSHIP;
ELIMINATING A SUBCOMMITTEE; PROVIDING A DEADLINE FOR
SB 84 “COMMUNITY SOLAR ACT” AN ACT RELATING TO UTILITIES; ENACTING THE COMMUNITY SOLAR ACT; PRESCRIBING REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY SOLAR FACILITIES, SUBSCRIBER ORGANIZATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS; PRESCRIBING
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMINISTRATION OF A COMMUNITY SOLAR PROGRAM;
PROVIDING THAT RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES ASSOCIATED WITH A
COMMUNITY SOLAR FACILITY ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE QUALIFYING
UTILITY; PROVIDING EXCEPTIONS FOR NATIVE COMMUNITY SOLAR. https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=S&legType=B&legNo=84&year=21
Thank you for being a part of this effort and advocating to grow healthy, sustainable communities and protecting the most vulnerable. Your voice is essential. Now and into the future!
At the confluence of the racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, and gun violence that persist in the U.S. and globally, lies a tragedy that reminds us of our kindred struggles – none of us are free until all of us are free. We stand in solidarity with the families of the people killed, the Asian communities in Atlanta and across the South, and the organizations that renew our shared commitment to protect our people.
Released Wednesday, March 17, 2021:On March 16, 2021 in the Atlanta area, we witnessed the calculated targeting and racist mass murder of Asian women at thei...
Our hearts and spirits hurt for our AAPI family. Know that you are not alone -- we are in solidarity with you. This world needs to shift away from a culture of violence. Through our Relationaltivity we counter it every day. We are with you.
Over the weekend our Governor publicly reported that she plans to seek an exemption from the Biden administration pause on oil and gas leasing, this despite the fact that industry executives themselves acknowledge that there are enough undeveloped leases existing today to keep them drilling for several years without any new auctions.
In New Mexico, our Indigenous communities, communities of color, and frontline regions are disproportionately situated by fracking facilities, and are experiencing devastating impacts. Our public health and lands are suffering, our drinking water is being contaminated, our environment defiled, and our sacred homelands demolished. For the health of current and future generations, it is imperative that we prohibit new fracking licences and instead deepen our investment in sustainable economies that move us forward towards health, environmental and social justice.
As an Organization that is deeply committed to protecting and restoring the land, Tewa Women United urges community members to send an email to the Department of the Interior asking them to deny the Governor's request for an exemption. Email here: [email protected]
Please use your own words and include some of these talking points provided by our Partner Org., @NewEnergyEconomy:
Oil and gas obtained from Federal lands accounts for 24% of carbon dioxide emissions in the country. The climate crisis demands immediate action and the consequences of inaction will be catastrophic in New Mexico.
In 474,121 acres of the 4.3 million total acres currently leased for oil and gas operations remain undeveloped and unused. The oil and gas companies are crying but in fact they can continue drilling under this Biden Administration pause on new leasing without any substantial injury.
New Mexico can pursue alternative funding, including remuneration from the Federal Government for losses to local or state tax revenues associated with the pause.
New Mexico families across the state are hurting from the degradation, despoliation and pollution caused by oil and gas leasing in our communities. We support the pause on oil and gas leasing in our state while a more sustainable land use policy is developed.
We would also like to include the following additional resources to voice your concerns in the actions taken by the State in the recent days.
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Tewa Women United: 2020 Highlights
Dr Corrine Sanchez of #tewawomenunited
Closing blessing for our new doulas from Saya Rachel Agoyo
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project / Birthing Beloved Community (3)
Alma Rivera shares her deeply moving story of her experience with Tewa Women United's doulas and parenting/family support....
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project / Birthing Beloved Community (4)
Jessica Lujan talks about the culturally grounded roots of the YVK doula training program -- and, the graduation ceremony for our first cohort of doulas to complete the training this year!
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project / Birthing Beloved Community (2)
Jessica Lujan honors TWU's Sayain / Grandmother's Circle for the many ways they have supported the doulas and our families over the years.
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project (5)
Adriann Barboa offers some beautiful reflections on what we've heard and felt here tonight as we celebrate the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project's 10 years of community service. Adriann invites attendees to generously support the project's next decade -- and we invite you in the virtual audience to give a donation using the 'donate' button below if you feel so moved. Kuunda woha / thank you!
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project / Birthing Beloved Community (1)
Jessica Lujan, Indigenous Women's Health and Reproductive Justice program manager at Tewa Women United, shares some of the history and vision of the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project
Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project Celebration (opening)
@Adriann Barboa, our fabulous Fem-C, welcomes everyone to the "Birthing Beloved Community" celebration of Tewa Women United's Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project
Dr. Corrine Sanchez speaking at #indigenouswomen ‘s day at the Roundhouse in #santafe last week
Women's March 2019
2019 Women's March Santa Fe / Dr. Corrine Sanchez
Dr. Corrine Sanchez, reminding us of the centuries of #resistance and the ancestors' shoulders that we stand upon. #re-sister #womenswave #indigenouswomenrise #womensmarch
Another great day at the Española Healing Foods Oasis! Thanks to groups from Earth Care and Earth Walks, as well as the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, we planted 22 trees today — apple, pear, oak, piñon and more. Soon we’ll be doing some hydroseeding. The garden is getting ready for a quiet winter… with more community workshops and learning opportunities to come in 2018! Stay tuned…
Elder Kathy Sanchez teaches us about the Avanyu
Morning at the #EspanolaHealingFoodsOasis with @beatatsosiepena teaching us about Cota
Dr. Corrine Sanchez welcoming members of the First Nations Development Institute Southwest tour to the #tewawomenunited office
Planting amaranth with our friends from The Garden's Edge at the #EspanolaHealingFoodsOasis
ONE BILLION RISING SANTA FE 2017
V.O.I.C.E.S. Program Manager
Lyla J. with New Energy Economy blessed TWU with her powerful words and song at our solar celebration last night. Enjoy and Rise!
Gathering for mother earth 2016
The children are our future, their innocence shines and guides us to do great things for OUR BELOVED FAMILIES/COMMUNITIES.
V.O.I.C.E.S. Program Manager's daughter shares her peace, love. & happiness with you. ^_^
Flash mob time at our Gathering for Mother Earth Summit
Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women.
The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be translated as “we are one” in mind, heart and in the spirit of love for all.
Tewa Women United (TWU) started in 1989 as a support group for women from the Pueblos of the northern Rio Grande concerned with the traumatic effects of colonization, religious inquisition, and militarization leading to issues such as alcoholism, suicide, domestic/sexual violence and environmental violence. In the safe space we created, we transformed and empowered one another through critical analysis and by embracing and reaffirming our cultural identity.
In 2001 we transitioned from an informal, all volunteer group to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tewa Women United was incorporated for educational, social and benevolent purposes, specifically for the ending of all forms of violence against Native Women and girls, Mother Earth and to promote peace in New Mexico.
Tewa Women United envisions movement(s) rooted in P'in Haa (Breath of Heart/Life) and P'in Nall (Touching Heart and Spirit) that nurture and celebrate the collective power of beloved families, communities and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother).
Our Collective Journey...
Through relational-tivity we embody courageous spaces that center Indigenous women and girls to connect with ancestral knowingness, healing strengths and lifeways for the wellbeing of ALL.
• Environmental Health and Justice
• Indigenous Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice
I hope you don't mind me posting this... as a UK person now married and living in NM I have a lot to learn :)
We have been offered to look after a plot of land here in San Juan near the Pecos river and are hoping to create a food forest for future gens here... we have started building a tiny house and I felt it may be respectful to the ancestors of this land to name it in the Tewa language.... so I looked up how to say 'Sun' - Than & 'House' Tewhá as we'd like to call it the 'Sun House' - or 'House of Sun' as we are hoping to build a greenhouse at the front too ... and a walapini next year...but wanted to check if:
a) I wouldn't be causing any disrespect by naming it in Tewa
b) If this is ok.... Would the translation be Tewhá Than?
Much respect & love to ALL
• Tewa Women United
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If You, your Nation or Tribe need PPE facemask protection donations, or you would like to volunteer to make facemasks for our Native American Nations for what is for us an "Extinction Level Event".. please watch this intro video to Sew You Care - Native American, Indigenous Outreach, and then go to our FB and click on our website up top to VOLUNTEER. Also PLEASE "MESSAGE ME" there TO REQUEST FACEMASK DONATIONS. Won't you join us ? Welcome!! 💜💜💜 Please Like, and Share, Share, Share #nonationleftbehind
Racial profiling against native birthing parents is unacceptable.
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Looking forward to hosting Beata Tsosie-Peña at the IndigenousWays Wisdom Circle tonight at 6pm MDT. Hope you can join us and hear this extraordinary powerful woman who hails from Santa Clara Pueblo! See ya soon!😆
My husband and I have been hearing dire news reports about the lack of PPE and other resources throughout Indian communities. Have you all reached out to the 100 Million Mask Challenge group?