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Gift of Fear streaming July 9, 2024

Gift of Fear is a Native produced film concerning the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) issue written by Jack Kohler and Carly Kohler, a few of our Chiricahua citizens worked on this movie.

Mili watched in horror as her mother was murdered 11 years ago, becoming another Missing and Murdered Indigenous statistic. Now 17, Mili’s former crew kidnaps her girlfriend after Mili chooses her MMA team over the gang. Tribal cops and an agent from the Federal Missing and Murdered Unit are on the case, but Mili waited for the authorities once…she won’t wait this time.

Available July 9, 2024 on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Xbox, Filmzi, Vimeo, Dish and DirecTV.

Gift of Fear movie website, Gift of Fear movie trailer, On Native Ground production, Instagram @giftoffearmovie, Facebook

Miss Truth or Consequences USA, Naomi Cruz places 5th Runner Up in Miss New Mexico USA Pageant

June 29th and 30th, 2024, Las Cruces – Announcing our own Naomi Morningstar Cruz representing Truth or Consequences has placed 5th Runner Up in the Miss New Mexico/Teen New Mexico USA Pageant on June 30th at the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts. Out of 37 outstanding women competing for Miss New Mexico, 18 proceeded to the semi-finals, then 6 to the finals with Naomi Cruz among them. Mackenzie Sydow was crowned Miss New Mexico USA 2024 and crowned Miss New Mexico Teen USA was Fernanda Gonzalez.

Miss Naomi’s platform is Animal Advocacy and Wellness. Over 60% of households in New Mexico have pets and out of 33 counties, 6 have no-kill shelters, with Truth or Consequences being close to no-kill at an 85% save rate. Miss Naomi’s work includes volunteering at multiple shelters, animal foster care, and currently working at an animal hospital.

According to Miss Naomi, she entered this, her first pageant, to further the message; “Animals offer much comfort and services to those with disabilities, our veterans, and elderly, and I seek bringing additional veterinary and grooming services to more rural areas of New Mexico where it is often more difficult to access these resources. Animals also provide much of our food and with so much of New Mexico being agricultural, the healthier our livestock are, the healthier we are. I’m grateful to Truth or Consequences and surrounding areas for their support of this work.”

Naomi Morningstar Cruz is of Chiricahua Apache descent, having resided with family in Monticello. She shares from their Creation Story that the animals taught us to live in balance, which Naomi strives to do through a healthy lifestyle and being of service with her people and in greater New Mexico. Her hobbies include Society for Creative Anachronisms participation, archery, broad sword, fencing, armor making, painting, and reading.

Miss Naomi’s sponsors include Dogfather Tattoo Company, Prime IV Hydration Sonoma Ranch, and Natural Pathways Counseling, LLC. For more information on participation in the Miss/Teen New Mexico USA Pageants, please contact Laura’s Productions at 915-845-2894 or [email protected]. #missnewmexicousa #missnewmexicoteenusa #laurasproductions @naomimorningstarcruz

Media Contact:
Dr. Christina Cruz, PsyD,
Director/Treasurer Chiricahua Apache National Order Mission and Alliance
(505) 226-6558
[email protected]

Check out this band that has our very own citizens! Blue Mountain Tribe is an all-Native American blues and rock band that is popular all over the country. THREE-time winners at the Native American Music Awards, winners of SIX film festivals, rated by spinditty as number 11 of all-time best Native American bands, and Blue Mountain Tribe music has been played all over the country. Be sure to check out Blue Mountain Tribe’s website!

SNOCA Citizen Doing Great Things

One of our own sits as the President and Chairman of a veterans 501c3 Non-Profit that is using music therapy for veterans and first responders.  “I know that the Native American Military Veteran, is not being recognized for their service.  We have several programs that we can honor them with.” Thank you for this great service! We encourage all to check out the work this organization is doing. American Patriot Music Project

Wellness NEWS!

Tea samples are also available!

Ginger Tea, Hibiscus Flower Herb Tea, Blueberry Lavender Herbal Tea, Insomnia Herb Tea, and Blackberry Black Tea.

Samples are 50 cents for 2 tea bags. Contact Diane at [email protected].

Kick Commercial Tobacco!

There is a free text messaging program to help Native Americans quit smoking commercial tobacco. This program is a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and Indian Health Service (IHS) SmokefreeNATIVE.

Sacred tobacco is important in many cultures, it is used in ceremony, prayer and healing. Commercial tobacco is harmful to our health. SmokefreeNATIVE was developed by Native people for Native people.

If you are ready to set a date to stop smoking commercial tobacco you can enroll anytime online or by texting NATIVE to 47848. You will get daily messages with information, encouragement and support to help on your journey to quit smoking!

We will continue to gather resources to better serve our citizens, visit the Resources tab or click here for our current list of resources.

Open Session Council Meeting

Zoom meetings held the second Wednesday monthly.

July 10, 2024 meeting is CANCELLED

next meeting will be August 14, 2024 ~ 6:30pm MST

ZOOM LINK: Open Session 6:30pm MST