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Institute of American Indian Arts
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series

 In partnership with the 
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums 
and Creative Santa Fe

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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Santa Fe, New Mexico: July 23, 2018

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will host numerous special events and panel discussions during Indian Market Week.  As part of the activities, a Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series will be presented in partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and Creative Santa Fe .

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights will be held on  Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at the Allan Houser Art Park  at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts,  108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe.

(L to R: Tim Coulter, Rick West. Laura Harris, Walter Echo-Hawk, Wanda Nanibush)

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights  will recognize the increasing importance and relevance of the cultural community and art within a national and international platform. How can tribal archives, libraries, museums, and artists help in implementing international human rights standards into American law and policy? This is generationally a challenge for indigenous institutions across the country and throughout the world. September 13, 2017, marked the tenth anniversary of the United Nations approval of the landmark United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Around the world, over 350 million indigenous peoples in 90 worldwide countries celebrated the endorsement of this landmark UN declaration, taking efforts to begin implementing human rights standards laid out in UNDRIP into domestic laws and policies of nations around the world. Indigenous peoples worldwide are standing at the dawn of indigenous history, the human rights era. It will be the responsibility of all Indian Country, our political leaders, legal scholars, activists, cultural institutions and artists to fully implement these indigenous rights ethics into our domestic law and policy. 

Panelists include: Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Author and Attorney; Laura Harris (Comanche), Executive Director, Americans for Indian Opportunity; Robert (Tim) Coulter (Potawatomi), Founding Director, American Indian Law Resource Center; and Wanda Nanibush (Anishinabe), Curator, Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Ontario. Moderated by W. Richard West (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West.

Luci Tapahonso

An introductory poem will be read by Inaugural Navajo Nation Poet Laureate  Luci Tapahonso.

The event is free and open to the public.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Director Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation) stated: " MoCNA is at the forefront of contemporary Native art presentation and strives to be flexible, foresighted, and risk-taking in its programs. We are pleased to bring together so many important individuals who will examine how artists, cultural institutions, museums, libraries, and archivists can support Indigenous Human Rights at a critical time in history."

ATALM President/CEO Susan Feller (Choctaw) commented: "The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, an international organization that supports the advancement of indigenous communities everywhere, appreciates this opportunity to support MoCNA's work to recognize the challenges that impede the sovereign and cultural rights of indigenous peoples worldwide."
Cyndi Conn,  Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe remarked: " Creative Santa Fe is thrilled to be a supporting partner in a dialogue that will bring together poets, civil rights lawyers,  tribal archivists, curators, and artists to advance conversations and public support for the future of human rights for sovereign Indigenous Nations - locally and throughout the world."

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About IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The mission of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is to advance contemporary Native art through exhibitions, collections, public programs, and scholarship. MoCNA's outreach through local and national collaborations allows us to continue to present the most progressive Native arts and public programming. MoCNA's exhibitions and programs continue the narrative of contemporary Native arts and cultures.
The museum is located at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday & Wednesday-Saturday / 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Sunday / Closed Tuesdays / $10 for adults; half-price for seniors (62+), students w/ valid ID, and NM residents; and free for members, Native people, veterans and their families, youth (16 & under), and NM residents visiting on Sunday. Events are free with admission.

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts marketing is partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers' Tax.

About IAIA:


For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through the IAIA Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at   


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