Northwest Mexico

Our Northwest Mexico grantmaking program supports Indigenous and local communities in their efforts to revitalize traditional knowledge and practices ...

Our Northwest Mexico grantmaking program supports Indigenous and local communities in their efforts to revitalize traditional knowledge and practices for the effective self-management of land, water, foodways and health; to revive adaptive traditional agricultural systems and to enliven participation and engagement across generations in all facets of Indigenous cultural life. We support communities of farmers, fishers, artisans and their allies to realize the promise of Mexico’s constitution through the exercise and implementation of Indigenous rights and territorial governance.

Alongside some support for regional, national and international convening and networking, our grantmaking in Northwest Mexico is directed toward:

  • The Chihuahua Sierra Madre — a rich refugia of North America’s agrobiodiversity where Native farmers steward ancient and important varieties of maize and other crops
  • The Sonoran Desert-Gulf of California — where Indigenous Peoples have artfully integrated their lifeways with the fragile desert ecology using complex systems of taboo and traditional governance

To support a vision of vibrant Indigenous cultures fully participating in and contributing towards a successful and plural Mexico, the primary theme for our Northwest Mexico Program is Strengthening Indigenous Territorial Governance. The following are some ways that we support this theme:

  • Traditional celebrations and multicultural exchanges
  • Production, performance and distribution of cultural expressions including multimedia productions
  • Culturally-appropriate education incorporating traditional knowledge and ‘bothways’ education
  • Strategic legal support and linking with national and international movements to promote Indigenous rights
  • Community networks and nodes of exchange to foster Indigenous-driven systems of health, food, education and justice
  • Supporting traditional governors and institutions to influence actions and policies democratically, transparently and inclusively, with meaningful participation from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organizations

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Next application window:Aug. 1 -Aug. 31

Experiences


GRANTMAKING TEAM


Francisco Chapela

Francisco Chapela

Program Officer, Northwest Mexico
Milena Miyashiro

Milena Miyashiro

Grants Manager
Tatiana Amor

Tatiana Amor

In Region Program Coordinator, NW Mexico