The late Sen. John Pinto was known for his relentless support for the Native American film industry.
In 2019, legislation provided $100,000 for the newly created grant called Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund.
“I am very grateful to [Senator] John Pinto for creating this grant for Native American filmmakers in New Mexico,” said filmmaker Leahn Marie Cox (Homeopathy for Native America). “It takes effort to appreciate traditional indigenous knowledge in the world today. I do not lament this, but see this serious challenge as unique and demanding.”