Ahtza Dawn Chavez
Ahtza (Ahh-ttsaa) D. Chavez is a two-spirit asdzą́ą́ member of the Diné Nation born for Kewa Pueblo. She is the proud mother to a son and the daughter of Cari W. (Diné) and Everett F. Chavez (Kewa Pueblo). As the Executive Director of Naeva (501c3) and NM Native Vote (501c4), she oversees partner organizations tasked with educating and creating an indigenous voting bloc in New Mexico working with key organizations and governance within the state.Read More
She is the small business owner of IndigeLens Media, which focuses on showcasing Indigenous voices, enhancing tribal community, promoting social entrepreneurship, and increasing visibility of authentic representations of Indigenous culture and language.
Ahtza studied Sociology (urban policy) at Stanford University until her Senior year when she transferred to the University of New Mexico. She has an MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Business and a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) from the UNM School of Law with a concentration in federal Indian law. Her vision includes focusing on increasing civic engagement within Native American communities, continuing to collaborate and unify a voter bloc while strengthen Indigenous sovereignty, and control over our sacred lands. She also wishes to reinvigorate our powers as Native tribal leaders and continue to build broadband and solar project on Indigenous land.
Chief of Staff
building Native power through strong community relations, supporting and uplifting staff
as well as creating access to systems that have historically left Native voices out. Alma
Rosa Silva- Bañuelos believes in the strength and resiliency of the intersection of
identity and in the journey of decolonizing and honoring their whole self as they bring
forth their Two Spirit identity as Mexica Azteca Chichimeca / Xicana.
Alma Rosa has been a community organizer in their hometown of Albuquerque, NM
since the late 1990’s and has worked throughout New Mexico facilitating local and rural
communities to self-organize for social, environmental, economic, reproductive and
gender justice. Alma Rosa has worked with many local, statewide, regional, national, bi-
national organizations and community groups to continue movement building for
another world that is possible. Alma Rosa is an anti-oppression trainer, LGBTQ cultural
competency trainer and has trained statewide as well as nationally. In recognizing the
systems of oppression and colonial structures they continue to organize towards
another world that is necessary. Alma Rosa has worked with Transgender asylum
seekers and created networks of support for post-release efforts with the Santa Fe
Dreamers Project in the Southwest region and in partnership with TransLatin@ Coalition
in Los Angeles, CA. Their organizational and Board development background have
fostered values of relationship building, collaboration, networking, creativity and conflict
Alma Rosa is a co-founding member of Young Women United aka Bold Futures a 20+ yr
non-profit organization in ABQ, NM. Alma Rosa served as a founding Board of Directors
member for the Transgender Resource Center of NM (TGRCNM) and Casa Q. Alma
Rosa served as the founding Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at the University
of New Mexico and is the founder of the NM LGBTQ Round Table. They also served on
the Equality New Mexico (EQNM) Board and was the C4 Chair. Alma Rosa also served
as a Co-Chair of the Coordinating Council for the Southwest Network for Environmental
and Economic Justice, SNEEJ. Alma Rosa was recognized by the Recuerda Cesar
Chavez Committee and was awarded the Dolores Huerta “Si Se Puede” Award, 2013
for lifelong commitment to community, social and human rights issues.
Interim Communications Director
Petyr Xyst is a Laguna Pueblo human who started at Naeva and NM Native Vote in the summer of 2022. He graduated with a BFA in film from the University of New Mexico in May of 2022 and has been involved in political organizing since he was in high school for local and national campaigns as well as movements in environmentalism, gun violence, and policing. He is an alum of Sundance’s Indigenous Program and was nominated for Rolex’s Mentor and Protégé initiative.
Climate Policy Advocate
Aaron Lee is a Navajo, Cochiti Pueblo, and Oglala Lakota person from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a recent graduate from Dartmouth College with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Native American Studies. Prior to joining Naeva and NM Native Vote, Aaron served as a K-8 th grade horticulturalist teacher for Bernalillo Public Schools, a forest conservationist for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, and program site manager for Story Riders.Read More
Aaron Lee now serves as the Climate and Energy Policy Fellow for Naeva and NM Native Vote and is a part of Naeva’s Indigenous Energy Team whose focus is on improving the environmental quality for Native and New Mexican people, decarbonizing New Mexico’s economy and reducing/mitigating further greenhouse gas emissions that disproportionately afflict Indigenous and frontline communities. Aside from Aaron’s passions for environmental justice and Indigenous food sovereignty, he also writes music and tours with his band Side Montero and enjoys staying active.
Maiyah King is from the Navajo Nation and the Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna. Maiyah analyzes and organizes C4 data for NM Native Vote. She is a UNM Undergraduate majoring in Native American studies. She loves creating art, writing, playing music and loves cats.
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