DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Hands on the Land- Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Crystal Woods

DOI / VISTA: Crystal Woods
Supervisor: Jackie Leyba
Address: 435 Montano Rd., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
County: Sandoval
Voice Telephone: 505-761-8955
Web site:
Congressional District: 1
Bureau: Bureau of Land Management (BLM)


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (KKTR) works closely with the Pueblo de Cochiti through KKTR’s Community Enrichment Project (CEP) to employ local Native American tribal members. The program’s mission is to provide guidance, training and skill development to individuals to increase their likelihood of securing permanent employment.  Individuals who are enrolled in the CEP are placed in one of the following programs: the Troubled Youth Program, Youth Mentorship Program, Community Service Program, Volunteer Program, Administratively Determined Firefighting Program, and the Student Hire program. The programs are designed to enrich the lives of individuals and the livability of the Pueblo de Cochiti and surrounding communities. This is accomplished by providing individuals employment, training and a sense of community while working at KKTR.

The Hands on the Land-Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) DOI/VISTA Site. BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. It administers more public land – over 245 million surface acres – than any other federal agency in the United States. The BLM’s multiple-use mission, set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, mandates that we manage public land resources for a variety of uses, such as energy development, livestock grazing, recreation, and timber harvesting, while protecting a wide array of natural, cultural, and historical resources, many of which are found in the BLM's 27 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System. The conservation system includes 221 Wilderness Areas totaling 8.7 million acres, as well as 16 National Monuments comprising 4.8 million acres.

About the Surrounding Community

According to New Mexico Voices for Children’s annual Kids Count in New Mexico, New Mexico is ranked 50th in the nation for the overall well-being of the state’s children.  According to the report, nearly one-third of the state's children live in poverty, 60 percent live in low-income families, and about 37 percent have parents who lack secure employment. The statistics in New Mexico are far above the national average. 

Project Overview

DOI/VISTA Maria Rodriguez is building the capacity of the Monument’s Community Enrichment Project (CEP). The CEP is aiming to enrich the lives of individuals and livability of the Pueblo de Cochiti and surrounding communities. Tribal youths and local community members are being encouraged to participate in the CEP which aims to improve the occupational skill attainment, productiveness, and quality of life of participants as well as decrease welfare dependency.

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