What’s at the Heart of Tewa Women United?

If you stopped by our office in Española, New Mexico, on any given week, you’d see a number of things going on…

* A group of folks collecting shovels and gardening tools to head out to the Española Healing Foods Oasis and plant native fruit trees
* Young people from our A’Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project putting together gift bags of food and homemade art for families in need
* A classroom of new parents learning how to make herbal remedies for winter colds, offered by our Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project
* A group of women coming to our Spirit of Butterfly circle, held by our VOICES program, to share dinner, receive support, and learn about self-care practices
* Our Circle of Grandmothers – SaYain – offering a nurturing and grounding foundation for all of the above

And that’s just a sample of all that happens around here!

So many diverse community offerings happen through Tewa Women United — but they are all braided together with one intention: to end violence against women, girls, and Mother Earth, and to grow beloved community. That has been at the heart of our work for almost 30 years, and will continue to be.

This December, we would so much appreciate your support to enable us to continue this work in a sustainable way into the coming year. Every gift matters! Together we can grow beloved community.

From our heart to yours,
The staff of Tewa Women United

(If you’ve already made a donation, thank you so much!)


Your year-end gift helps to sustain our ongoing work to end violence against women, girls, and Mother Earth.

Tewa Women United is a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax-deductible.

When you donate to Tewa Women United through NativeGiving.org 100% of your contribution goes directly to TWU, thanks to the generosity of First Nations Development Institute. 

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Tewa Women United’s 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence

Coming together to end gender-based violence through our VOICES and other programs

For the second time, TWU is taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign running from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. This campaign seeks to galvanize action to end violence against women, girls, and Mother Earth. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.

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A Tewa Woman’s Reflection on Urgency

A Tewa Woman’s Reflection on Urgency

by Beata Tsosie-Peña
TWU Environmental Health and Justice Program Coordinator

In my ancestral homelands of northern New Mexico there resides knowledge that is held within Tewa deserts and forested landscapes, where mountains are elders, and our rivers are alive with a spirit that has sustained us since time immemorial with traditional knowledge that continues to guide us to be caretakers of this place. Countless prayers of First Nations are recorded here within shared memory of all that exists, and so is an act of violence so great that it will forever be recorded in sacred time. For in the western region of our Tewa world, in our beloved Jemez Plateau, site of a dormant supervolcano, and home to numerous ancestral, cultural sites, is where man first birthed the atomic bomb at Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

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YVK: Creating Circles of Support

In 2008, Tewa Women United started the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project to serve first-time Native American mothers with culturally appropriate birth support.

Over the last nine years we have expanded our reach to include services for any family within Rio Arriba County and the Tewa Pueblo Homelands. YVK Doulas provide services for the whole family, across generations to encourage everyone to gather around the new parents.

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The Way Forward

by Autumn Gomez, TWU Youth Organizer

Do you ever think back to a moment when the world and your independence intersected?

There in front of you unfold many paths of life. Take a quick glance back and seeing “wrong” decisions you made, trauma that you suffered firsthand, and trauma of our families and communities. Do you remember things that made you move forward? Music, friends, a new book, a shining goal?

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