Jane Goodall: Tomorrow & Beyond @ The Lensic

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Santa Fe Happenings:

Lensic Presents

Jane Goodall: Tomorrow & Beyond

The pioneering primatologist discusses her life and work, threats to our planet, 

and how each of us can make a difference


February 25, 2018

   3 pm –  $10, reserved seating

Santa Fe, NM –  The Lensic proudly presents Dr. Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Goodall will give a speech titled “Tomorrow & Beyond.”

A UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world, Goodall will discuss her life and work, along with current threats facing the planet. She will share her five reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.

Dr. Goodall will also share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering primate research and is widely recognized for establishing innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa.

Tickets are $10 each (reserved seating) and go on sale to Lensic members Friday, February 2, and to the public on Monday, February 5, at 10 am.

This event is made possible by the Allene and Jerome Lapides Foundation.

About Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall was born in London on April 3, 1934. At 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild, immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. JGI continues the field research at Gombe and builds on Dr. Goodall’s innovative approach to conservation, which recognizes the central role that people play in the well-being of animals and the environment. In 1991, she founded Roots & Shoots, a global program that guides young people in nearly 100 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.

Today Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises, and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action. Dr. Goodall is a UN Messenger of Peace and Dame Commander of the British Empire.  

New Mexico Restaurant Week returns for its 9th year in 2018!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Santa Fe Restaurant Week 2018: February 18 – 25

  • Taos Restaurant Week 2018: February 25 – March 4
  • Albuquerque Restaurant Week 2018: March 4 – 11

Delicious, three-course prix-fixe dinners are priced at just $15, $25, $35, or $45 per person, depending upon the restaurant. Many will offer value-priced lunches as well.

Using Education to Better Serve Consumers

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

By Liz Dominguez

Reprinted from

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Real estate professionals ‘own it’ with the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation

The spring season is just around the corner, and with it, the busiest time of year for real estate professionals across the country. 2018 President of the National Association of REALTORS® Elizabeth Mendenhall has set a significant goal for fellow members to ‘Own It’ by seeking out education and getting more involved in the industry.

The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation offered by the National Association of REALTORS® helps real estate professionals stand apart from the competition by educating themselves on the fundamentals of real estate, in addition to providing detailed courses on technical subjects. The GRI program is state-run, and while courses may differ, each program contains courses on these core competencies: market knowledge, business skills, systems and tools, and avoiding setbacks, fines and lawsuits.

Here, three REALTORS® who are GRI designees, as well as members of the Professional Development Committee, share their unique insights on how the designation provides the added educational value necessary for helping consumers navigate a busy spring market.

“The education I received from the GRI courses has truly moved my career to a whole new level,” says Jill Kjorstad, a broker associate with RE/MAX Bakken Realty. “Within the small market that I work in, knowledge, skills and an understanding of the real estate industry put you ahead of those that have not spent the time to invest in their knowledge for their career,” adds Kjorstad, who obtained her GRI designation in 2016.

“When I talk with prospective clients (buyers and sellers), I explain to them that continuing education is important to me,” notes Melissa Hailey, broker and founder of North Texas Top Team, REALTORS®, Inc. “I talk about not only the GRI, but other designations and certifications that I’ve earned, and I let prospective clients know that I have the education and experience necessary to assist them in the process of their move. I want to build trust with my clients, and by being the real estate expert, I find that I can earn their respect and trust.”

Having earned his GRI designation in 2015, Keith Hefner, REALTOR® team leader at Colleen Frost REALTORS®, concurs with the sentiments shared by both Kjorstad and Hailey.

“The designation separates me from the vast majority of REALTORS® and helps me show clients where I’m different,” says Hefner.

While these real estate professionals put their GRI designation to use in different ways, one element remains the same: consumers always benefit.

“My education benefits my buyers and sellers by giving me the extra knowledge and resources to market, and the ability to price their property right to get it sold fast and for top dollar,” says Hefner.

Hailey believes the GRI designation is necessary for providing excellent service to homebuyers and sellers. “From understanding contracts better, to knowing how to best market a listing, Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designees are better equipped to assist the public with their real estate needs.”

Designees also find value in different portions of their GRI program. For Kjorstad, the negotiation-based courses have been most useful in her career.

“I’ve referred back to many topics, hints and ideas I received from those courses many times. In fact, I was recently speaking with another agent, telling them to earn their GRI just because of the negotiation classes,” says Kjorstad.

Meanwhile, Hefner says other courses have played a larger role in his real estate business, stating, “The technology and marketing portions of the designation series have been incredible resources, and the marketing resources you get when you finish your designation will help you grow your business.”

For Hailey, she enjoyed the GRI designation program overall; however, one portion always stands in the forefront of her mind.

“The marketing course is my favorite because I love learning new ideas on how to market our clients’ listings. In addition, you also learn to market yourself as an agent in order to obtain more clients,” says Hailey, who attributes her success to her dedication to continuing education.

Kjorstad believes the marketing portion also helps consumers during the buying and selling process.

“The courses on marketing and understanding the different forms of social media have helped me in deciding what direction to focus my advertising on. But they’ve also helped with recognizing what the consumer is looking for when they start navigating the search for a home or the process of selling their home,” says Kjorstad.

The GRI designation program also plays a critical role in providing technology education that consumers find useful in a busy real estate market.

“There are so many apps and services that I learned about in my GRI classes that I still use today, many of which are free,” adds Hefner. “Advancing your tech knowledge brings you into the future of real estate.”

However, marketing and tech are not the be-all and end-all of a successful transaction. The legalities of real estate can be confusing for consumers, especially first-time buyers. GRI designees can provide added support by educating their clients with information they learned in their regulatory courses.

“The regulatory and legal aspects of GRI come into play in my business every single day and keep me out of hot water when TREC comes calling,” says Hefner. “How could you navigate the choppy regulatory waters without every piece of information available to you? And GRI brings that right to your feet.”

Consumers feel more comfortable when working with agents who are knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate, regardless of whether other vendors take care of services, such as lending.

Kjorstad, Hailey and Hefner recommend the GRI designation to agents across the industry as a great resource for gaining an edge in their business and for helping consumers understand the real estate process.

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Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark

Cyber Crime: How to Catch Fraudsters Before They Wipe You Out

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Posted on Jan 23 2018 – 12:08pm by Zoe Eisenberg

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Hacker using laptop. Hacking the Internet.

Be it an email hack, a phishing scam, a Nigerian money order or a product that sounds just too good to be true, there are dozens of ways you can get scammed online. At best, you lose $20 on a product that doesn’t exist. At worst? All your financial data gets hacked and your electronic device becomes infected with malware.

To avoid any situation similar to these, here are a few red flags to stay alert for in order to keep your business and personal property safe:

Payment required without clarity. If you’re interested in checking out a product for your business or personal enjoyment and up-front payment is required before you can get any real information, it’s likely a scam. No product photos, reviews or a number to call to talk to an actual human being? Give it a pass—it’s likely a phishing scam.

Required downloads. One of the top ways online scammers can get you is by asking you to download something, and then infecting your hard drive with malware and stealing your information. If you’re being asked to download something from a source you can’t find information on, or if your anti-malware software (because you have that, right?) is giving you an alert, back away slowly.

Jargon. Be wary of jargon you don’t understand. Reputable companies aim for customer clarity. Fraudsters aim to confuse and trick. If you’re feeling confused or pressured with the information presented, leave it be.

Too-good-to-be-true promises. “For as little as $20, you can be making up to $1,000 a day!” Sound familiar? Perhaps. Sound true? Not so much. If a product or “tool” is making lofty promises, they’re likely empty, or an attempt to snag your banking information.

Now that you’re aware of some red flags, here are a handful of tips to help you avoid falling prey:

Google  “<company name> scam”. This is one of the easiest ways to catch a scam artist, and those who have fallen prey are taking to the web to warn others. Always do your due diligence by searching this simple phrase on Google for safety.

Look for a working number. No working phone number? It’s likely a scam. And if there is a number, make sure someone actually answers your call—don’t settle for an automated message.

Look for an address. Legit businesses have an address, yes? After you locate the address, Google it to see what comes up.

Trust your gut. Something in your belly giving you stay-away signals? Listen to them! As intellectually driven as you may be, sometimes intuition wins, so pay attention.

Find more fraud prevention tips, strategies and trends in Housecall’s Cyber Crime series.

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Selling Your Home? Don’t Neglect These 6 Maintenance Tasks—or Else

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

By Wendy Helfenbaum | Feb 1, 2018

Reprinted from

If you’re a homeowner, you already know that keeping your property in tiptop shape requires dedication and patience for ongoing maintenance. But what if you’ve put your home on the market, or even accepted an offer? Perhaps you’re thinking: Not my problem anymore.

Sorry, folks, we’ve got news for you: Just because you’re selling doesn’t mean you’re off the hook from routine maintenance tasks—and that’s especially true if you’ve already vacated the house.

Sure, a well-cared-for house shows better: Small things like broken doorbells and leaky faucets make buyers wonder if your property also has bigger issues elsewhere. But more important, a little routine maintenance can help you avoid a catastrophic problem down the line (e.g., burst pipes, roof leaks, critters moving into your attic) that could devalue your property and derail that sale.

To prevent minor issues from escalating into full-blown, money-sucking, sale-killing problems, focus on these six important areas you can’t afford to neglect.

1. Keep up the yard and walkways

Whether you’re still living at the home or not, you’ll want to make sure to keep your landscaping tidy—remove dead tree limbs, rake leaves, and clean out flowerbeds.

If your home is already vacant, have someone tend to the yard regularly so that grass and weeds don’t detract from your home’s appearance, suggests Kyle Hiscock, a Realtor® with Re/Max Reality Group in Rochester, NY.

“If your home does not have a well-maintained exterior, (potential buyers) will keep driving,” he cautions. “Plus, this kind of neglect can be a bull’s-eye for vandals to break into your property.”

Consider having lights on timers so the house doesn’t look dark all the time, and arrange for driveways and walkways to be plowed weekly in the winter months. And don’t let mail pile up in the mailbox.

2. Clean the gutters and check the roof

This one’s easy to forget about, even when you don’t plan on going anywhere. But when it comes to gutter and roof issues, neglect can cause a dangerous domino effect.

Overflowing gutters can damage your foundation, and also lead to drainage issues. And, of course, you don’t want buyers seeing puddling water as they approach your house.

Just ask Alise Roberts, owner/broker at Alise Roberts & Company in Bellevue, WA. In the rainy Pacific Northwest climate, she frequently has to remind her clients to keep sidewalks clear of moss and clean gutters of pine needles and leaves.

“Buyers, seeing the house when it’s raining, will also see your gutters overflowing,” she says. “That’s a terrible first impression.”

And then there’s the roof. Of course, it’ll be examined during the home inspection, but it would behoove you to do it before putting your home on the market. Small roof cracks can remain undetected for years, causing water to slowly infiltrate your home and damage ceilings and walls.

“If water starts to penetrate a property, it can be a very difficult sale,” Hiscock notes. “Water in basements or in homes is one of the top three things buyers are scared of.”

3. Service your heating systems

It’s not sexy, but the hidden guts of your home need regular attention, whether you’re still living there or not. That means having your HVAC systems professionally serviced.

First up, your furnace: If you get it addressed before you list your home, it won’t smell like dust when you crank up the heat during an open house on a chilly day. While you’re at it, have the duct work and filters cleaned as well. And if you have baseboard heaters, vacuum those out, too.

(Speaking of heat, Roberts suggests keeping the thermostat at 66 degrees Fahrenheit when agents are showing your house so buyers can visit your place comfortably. This will also avoid any issues with pipes freezing or bursting.)

Have a chimney? Be sure to have it inspected and cleaned as well.

“You want to make sure there are no cracked flue tiles, and that from the exterior, there are no gaps in the mortar between the bricks,” Hiscock explains. “Otherwise, you could potentially have the chimney fall over onto the house, and that’s a very expensive fix.”

4. Keep the critters out

If you don’t want to add “family of raccoons included” to your listing (and pay the hefty tab for getting them out), inspect the inside and outside of your home for any areas that need to plugged up. Take care of holes from damaged siding or fascia under the roofline—and do it promptly.

“In a colder climate, squirrels look for somewhere warm to go, and they’ll find their way into your property,” Hiscock says.

Stove and dryer vents, for example, should be covered with wire mesh to deter pests.

5. Wash your windows

Most people associate sparkling windows with spring-cleaning, Roberts says. But if your house is on the market, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is—you need to get those babies squeaky clean.

“If buyers walk through your home and all they see is dirty windows, that’ll really mar the showing process,” she says.

Make sure to wipe them down after a bad storm, when they’re especially likely to show muck and grime buildup.

6. Check the calendar

Depending on what time of year you bring your house to market, pay attention to any details that scream, “We don’t live here or care anymore,” Roberts says.

That means tackling seasonal tasks such as clearing away lawn mowers in the fall and storing shovels in the spring.

“Too often, I see a seller’s patio furniture still outside during the winter time. To me, that’s not a good reflection on the property,” Hiscock says. “It shows deferred maintenance and lack of caring, and can really turn off a potential buyer.

“If a seller can’t put away their patio furniture and lawn mower, what makes you believe that they’ve actually maintained the property all the years they’ve been there?” he adds.

Staying on top of these regular tasks will make it easier to sell your home with fewer headaches. Plus, it’ll preserve the value of your property, and potentially, the thickness of your wallet, too.

Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist and TV producer who covers real estate, architecture and design, DIY, gardening, and travel. Her work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Metropolis, Costco Connection, Garden Collage, Parenting, Canadian Living, Canadian Gardening, and more.


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How to Declutter Your Home Office: 7 Career-Saving Tips

Friday, January 26th, 2018

By Jennifer Geddes | Jan 26, 2018

Reprinted from

Learning how to declutter your home office is one of those skills that can be a true career saver, particularly in this day and age when 43% of employed Americans spend at least some time working from home. Sure, it’s fabulous when you can type up memos and conduct conference calls remotely while doing a load of laundry. But let’s face it: If your home office is a jumble of papers and lost files, then you aren’t going to get much work done, right?

That’s why, in this latest installment of our Declutter Your Home Guide, we give you some tips (plus pics!) that’ll show you how to declutter your home office and clean up your act.

1. Consider your setup

Don’t just toss a few papers or move things around—tackle everything and purge or rearrange ruthlessly! If you reach for it all day long (favorite pen, highlighter, stapler, phone), then it can live on your desktop. Everything else should be placed elsewhere—in drawers, baskets, or shelves. Did you really need that hole punch to be in the middle of your desk? What is a hole punch, anyway? Enough said.

“Shelves on the walls are often overlooked in a home office, so build a few in and you’ll get stuff off your desk and counters,” says J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman.

The right storage can make all the difference, he adds. “A lack of good office storage will end up wasting your time because you’ll be looking for things rather than being productive.”


2. Dump and sort

You best bet is to start from scratch, which means removing everything from the drawers and cabinets and putting the items in a box or spreading them on the kitchen counter, suggests Marty Basher, a home organizing expert with Modular Closets.

“Before putting things back or filing papers in folders, decide whether it’s useful and important,” he says. Toss anything that’s out of date or redundant. “You might also invest in a home office shredder so you can feed documents in on a weekly basis to keep the clutter from piling up.”

3. File it right

Streamline your workspace as much as possible with a good filing system, suggests Jacquie Denny, co-founder of Everything but the House. Put the most important info upfront (e.g., keep medical and legal documents in easy reach in case there’s an emergency).

Also, get in the habit of using file systems correctly. “Don’t allow your home desk to become a dumping ground,” says Julie Coraccio, organizing pro at Reawaken Your Brilliance. “Do your filing instantly—clutter represents delayed decisions—so if you commit to those decisions now, your desk will stay organized.”


4. Dig out from paper

“Paper is the No. 1 item that clutters desks, arriving in the form of bills, envelopes, receipts, sticky notes, printer paper, and more,” points out Maeve Richmond, an organizing pro at Maeve’s Method.

It gets to your desk two ways: You either print it out or bring it in through the front door. “Be as conscious as you can about the paper you bring inside, and be accountable for what you print,” Richmond says.

Control bills and junk mail by enrolling in paperless statements, and consider scanning important documents such as tax returns and business receipts. And strive to sort all the mail as you walk in the house, tossing ads, coupons, circulars, and catalogs in the paper recycling bin.

5. Purge papers and manuals you can access online

Do you really crack open your computer’s user manual on a weekly basis? Even monthly? Ever? Say goodbye to these space hogs.

“Manuals are bulky and take up a ton of space,” says Coraccio. If you find you need to consult one that you’ve removed from your home office, go to—there’s a good chance you’ll find it here, she adds.






6. Unknot cables

That mess under your desk can give you a headache every time you glance down.

“If your cords and cables are a nightmare, it’s time to order an inexpensive organizing system for the home office,” explains Basher. Or you can go the DIY route and simply tie them together with zip or twist ties.



7. Cash it in

Make some moolah by selling old electronics, including desktops, laptops, and printers, on a site like Gazelle, says money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. And if you have old ink cartridges lying around, recycle them at Staples office supply store to earn rewards.

Jennifer Kelly Geddes has written for, Chewy, Modern Farmer, Celebrations, and


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A Great Party for a Great Cause — Join Us! Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s 13th Annual Sweetheart Auction

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018




Saturday, February 3 ~ 5:00 pm
Santa Fe Convention Center

For information and tickets, go to
Tickets are $100 each ($50 is tax-deductible).

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Presents A Night Under the Moon

Friday, October 27th, 2017

SF Desert Chorale

Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents

Una Noche Bajo La Luna


A Night Under the Moon

Saturday, November 11

The Club at Las Campanas

5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception with Roberto Capocchi, Guitar

6:30 p.m. Spanish menu created by Executive Chef Nick Berta

Featured performance of canción by GRAMMY® Award-winning Soprano, Jessica Rivera and Mark Carver, Piano

Tickets $250 per guest. A table of eight is $2000.The tax-deductible portion of your ticket is valued at $125. Capacity is limited and reservations will be taken in order of receipt. For more information or to purchase tickets online click here or call the Box Office at 505.988.2282.


Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until the Spring?

Friday, October 27th, 2017

There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. “How much will my home sell for?”  “How much should I list my home for?”  “Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?”  “What if the real estate agent overprices my home?”  Last but not least, “Is this a good time to be selling a home?” is also a very common question that real estate agents are asked.

As with every decision in life, there are pros and cons, and choosing when to sell a home is no different. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before deciding when to sell a home. Many homeowners believe selling a home during the fall or winter months is not a good idea and that the spring is the only time a house should be sold. This is the furthest from the truth. Certainly most real estate markets across the United States experience a “spring market rush” every year. There is no doubt that the “spring market” is a great time to be selling and buying real estate, however, the fall and winter seasons may be the best fit for you for many reasons.

Here are several reasons why choosing to sell your home now may be a better decision than waiting until the spring:

Less Competition

One way that you can tell the spring real estate market has arrived is by driving down a street in your local community. In all likelihood there will be For Sale signs up all over the neighborhood! One great reason to sell your home now and not wait until the spring market is there is sure to be less competition.  The fewer number of comparable homes for sale, the greater the probability that a buyer will look at your home.

Simply put, it’s the supply and demand theory. If there are less homes for sale, there are less homes that a potential buyer can choose from, therefore increasing the demand for your home. Not only will less competition increase the probability for showings, but it will also increase the probability that an offer will be received and you will get the maximum amount of money for your home.

Serious Buyers Are Out There

Homes are sold and bought 365 days a year, period!  Many homeowners believe that buyers aren’t out there during the fall and winter months. This simply is not the case. Serious buyers are always out there!  Some buyers may stop their home search because it is the fall or winter, but serious buyers will continue to look at homes, no matter what time of year it is.

The fall and winter months are also a great time for a potential buyer to see what a specific neighborhood is like.  Do your neighbors have pumpkins on their front step?  Are there lots of Trick-or-Treaters wandering the neighborhood on Halloween?  Do any of your neighbors have any light displays for the holidays?  There are buyers out there who will look at these types of things when determining whether your home is in the right neighborhood for them or not.

The Best Agents Are Always Up To The Challenge

Any real estate agent who tells you that the fall or winter months are a bad time to sell is not someone you want selling your home! A great real estate agent will know how to adapt to the current season and market their listings to reflect that.  A great real estate agent can make suggestions and give some of their tips on how to sell a home during the fall or winter seasons. If a real estate agent doesn’t have any suggestions on making your home more desirable for the current season, you should be concerned about the creativity they are going to use when marketing your home.

Staging For The Holiday Season

Many sellers believe staging a home is the main reason a home sells.  While staging certainly helps sell homes, some buyers have a difficult time envisioning themselves in a home no matter what you do. However, there are some buyers who can easily be “sold” on a home because it is staged.  Simple “seasonal” staging such as adjusting the color of the decor or having an aroma in the air that is relative to the time of year can go a long way with some potential buyers and possibly be the difference between a home selling or not.

Mortgage Rates Are Low

If you’ve read about real estate in the past year, it’s likely you’ve read that the mortgage rates are very low.  You also probably read that there is an expectation that the rates will increase very soon. Since mortgage rates are so low right now, buyers are able to afford more expensive homes.  If mortgage rates increase over the fall and winter months while you’re waiting for the spring market, it could cost you thousands of dollars as it could eliminate many buyers from the real estate marketplace!  Less demand for your home will mean less money. Bottom line: take advantage of selling your home while the rates are this low.

Quicker Transactions

Right now, there are fewer real estate transactions than there will be in the spring.  The fewer number of transactions means the mortgage lenders have less loans to process, attorneys have less closings to do, and home inspectors have fewer inspections to do.  All of these factors should lead to a quicker transaction and closing for all the parties involved.  One of the most frustrating things for a seller to deal with while selling their home is not getting answers in a reasonable amount of time. A quicker transaction is going to be less stress for you.

By considering all of the reasons above, you will be able to determine whether now is a good time to sell or if you should wait until the spring.


Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Julie Mason

Julie Mason

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

Sam Donaldson

Sam Donaldson

Silver Bullet Productions presents


Saturday, November 18

La Fonda on the Plaza

Reception and Conversation $160 – Limited seating

5:30 p.m. Reception, Wine and Appetizers

6:30 p.m. Conversation

Please join us to talk about the consequences of Actions with commentator on POTUS, Julie Mason, Bill Richardson, and Sam Donaldson. Purchase tickets the Silver Bullet Productions website by clicking here or call 505.820.0552. $135 is deductible on each ticket purchase of $160. Your donations support educational projects in tribal communities. For more information click here.