eNewsletter | December 2016 and January 2017 

New Trustees Appointed to IAIA Board

IAIA is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as new Trustees of the school:
  • Ann Marie Downes
  • Charles W. Galbraith
  • Beverly Wright Morris
  • Lawrence Roberts
  • Andrea Sanders
  • C. Matthew Snipp
Ann Marie Downes (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), served in the U.S. Department of the Interior's assistant secretary's office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). She is the former executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Downes served as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development, under Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn. In this role, she oversaw the Office of Self-Governance and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. She was also a part of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The council established a national policy to ensure that the federal government engages in a government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner. Downes previously served as policy advisor for Tribal Affairs under former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano before joining the Indian Legal Program at ASU. Downes is a licensed attorney in California and earned her JD from the ASU College of Law in 1994.

Charles Galbraith (Navajo Nation), is a member of Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP in Washington DC, focusing his practice on litigation and Native American Affairs. Prior to joining the firm, Galbraith was the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, where he managed the relationship of the White House with 566 Tribal Governments and Native American people. Galbraith also analyzed and formulated political and policy recommendations for The President, Executive Branch Agencies, and Senior White House Officials on matters affecting tribal governments and Native American people including budgets, legislation, executive orders, appointments, Tribal law enforcement, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Federal Emergency disaster declarations, sacred sites and historic preservation, and economic development. He planned and led the annual White House Tribal Nations conferences which included The President, invited Tribal leaders, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and dozens of senior government officials. Galbraith previously served as a Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel where he conducted interviews, background investigations, and political vetting of individuals under consideration for presidential appointments. Before working for the White House, Galbraith was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, handling multiple jury trials, numerous hearings in federal court, and also briefing appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Galbraith was the legislative assistant for Judiciary and Indian Affairs to United States Senator Tim Johnson. He also worked for then-Senator Barack Obama during his first campaign for President by organizing the Native American Domestic Policy Committee, a nationwide group of tribal leaders and activists.

Beverly Wright Morris (Aleut), is Producer, Director, and Owner of Chain Reaction Productions. Morris has been associated with the Institute of American Indian Arts since 1988 as a student, staff member, producer, and director. She was Director of the IAIA Summer Film and Television Workshop from 2004 to 2007.  Morris is a former member of the IAIA Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Board of Trustees, the Santa Fe Community Foundation Board of Directors, and serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Native American Advised Endowment Fund Committee. Morris received a BFA from Stephen F. Austin State.

Lawrence Roberts (Oneida Nation), was appointed by President Obama to the Department of the Interior Office of the Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs in 2012 and ended his service on January 20, 2017. During his tenure at Indian Affairs, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Economic Development of Indian Affairs. In his work at Indian Affairs, Roberts managed the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and numerous offices that report to the Assistant Secretary's Office. He worked closely with Tribes, other federal agencies, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs to foster tribal self-determination. Prior to his appointment to Interior, Roberts left private practice in 2010 to serve as General Counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission. As the Commission's General Counsel, Roberts advised on matters involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other applicable laws and regulations. Roberts began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Indian Resources Section. He handled a variety of federal Indian law cases for the benefit of tribal interests including the protection of tribal reserved treaty hunting and fishing rights. Roberts subsequently joined the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of General Counsel, where he provided counsel on the implementation of federal environmental programs by Tribes. Roberts graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995. He is a licensed attorney in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Andrea Akalleq Sanders (Yup'ik), Alaska Native Policy Center Director for the First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Native nonprofit, has also been named to the IAIA Board of Trustees. Sanders received her BA in government from Georgetown University. Prior to being named to her current position, she worked for Senator Mark Begich in Washington D.C., as his legislative assistant for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the lead for telecommunication issues in the Senate Commerce Committee. In her current role, Sanders is part of the leadership team and helps to develop and connect policy ideas with people, integrated indigenous ways of knowing into policy making, and helps advance issues impacting Alaska Natives and all Alaskans to build a strong and vibrant foundation for future generations. Sanders was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska.

Dr. C. Matthew Snipp (Oklahoma Cherokee/Choctaw) is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University and the Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences' Secure Data Center, positions he has held since 2008 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Snipp has worked at Stanford University since 1996 and served as Director of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity from 2008 to 2011, and as a Professor from 1996 to 2008. He worked as a Visiting Professor at Harvard University from 2003 to 2004 and was a Professor and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1996. Dr. Snipp currently serves on the National Institute of Child Health and Development's Population Science Subcommittee and previously served on the Census Bureau's Racial and Ethnic Advisory Committee, Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, and Inter-university Consortium of Political, and Social Research's Council. Dr. Snipp received an AB from the University of California, Davis and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additionally, current trustees Barbara Jeanne Ells and Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets'aii Gwich'in) have each been renewed for an additional term on the board.

2017 Winter and Spring Exhibitions

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) held an opening for four new exhibitions.

New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking

Organized by the International Print Center New York, New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking showcases over forty prints by twelve contemporary Native American printmakers. Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences that shaped their lives, artists layer old and new, past and present, to explore how the attitudes that informed the racial policies and practices of the last centuries continue to resonate in popular culture today.

Athena LaTocha: Inside the Forces of Nature

This solo exhibition showcases recent drawings and paintings by Hunkpapa Lakota and Ojibwe artist Athena LaTocha based on her recent experiences in Santa Fe. Her contemporary landscape paintings focus on the dynamic gesture and atmosphere that recall the powerful forces of nature. LaTocha's unorthodox approach to the subject 'landscape' involves personal memories and the use of unusual tools, techniques and materials, resulting in intense, haunting images of nature scenes on a monumental scale. Her working method is based on indigenous perceptions of land, and the belief that "humans are part of the landscape, not separate from it." Consequently, the artist is more interested in being "inside the image rather than the outside as an easel painter." Intuition and chance operations play a major role in LaTocha's creative process. Her recent drawings and paintings portray vast magnitudes of raw nature and the impact of industrial development upon nature.

Now is the Time: Investigating Native Histories and Visions of the Future

Recent works by IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists explore current themes and trends in contemporary Native American art, including Indigenous science fiction and visionary Native histories. Several of the works are inspired by Native abstract symbolism of the past and their futuristic aesthetics, while others respond to popular culture and investigate the role of Star Wars in American Indian art and culture. Performance art installations question the "art for art's sake" concept of many past Western art movements, and instead promote the social and practical potentials of art.

Daniel McCoy: The Ceaseless Quest for Utopia

Daniel McCoy's (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) art addresses contemporary Native American issues, past triumphs, current disasters, and is inspired by underground comics, album covers, as well as Oklahoma flat style painting. His new mural project for MoCNA further develops themes and characters of his previous works which are based in Native culture and Americana. The mural will also have an underlying message on environmental issues.

Many museum members and VIPs, along with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and Museum Director Pasty Phillips (Cherokee) attended this opening, featuring exhibitions curated by the new Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man, Membership and Program Manager Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), and others.

Studio Arts Department Adds Three New Professors

IAIA Studio Arts Department Chair J. Craig Tompkins has announced three new members of the IAIA faculty.

Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), has been hired for the position of Assistant Professor in Ceramics. Rose is an IAIA Alumna, receiving her BFA in 2007. She received her MFA, with honors, in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. She also holds a degree in Automotive Science: Auto Body and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction at IAIA. She also serves on the Boards of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, Santa Clara Pueblo, and the New Mexico School of the Arts Charter Schools.

Matthew Eaton has been hired for the position of Assistant Professor in Sculpture. Matt previously held the position of Foundry Technician at IAIA. He received his MFA in Sculpture in 2005 from The School of Art and Design, Georgia State University. He holds an MA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico, graduating in 2014. Matt also has a Professional Printers' Certificate from the Tamarind Institute, College of Fine Arts University of New Mexico.

Arista Slater-Sandoval has been hired for the position of Visiting Professor in Photography. Arista received her MFA in Photography from the College of Art and Design at Lesley University. She worked as a gallery assistant at Carbon 12 gallery in Dubai, U.A.E. and as a Gallery Manager at Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado. She is currently a Studio Arts adjunct at IAIA.

IAIA Board of Trustees Chair Loren Kieve Receives UNM Alumni Rodey Award

IAIA Board of Trustees chair Loren Kieve (Cherokee, UNM JD '73), will be presented with the Bernard S. Rodey Award on Wednesday, February 16, 2017, by the University of New Mexico Alumni Association. The Rodey award is given "to those persons who have devoted an unusual amount of time in a leadership capacity and whose efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education." UNM's announcement of the award stated that: Kieve practices law in San Francisco. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and, for the fifteenth year in a row, as one of the top "Super Lawyers" in the Bay Area. Kieve is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and has held ABA leadership positions since 1987. He is a director and past co-chair of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. He previously was on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California. He attended Stanford and has law degrees from Oxford University and the University of New Mexico. Kieve chairs the board of IAIA as a U.S. Presidential appointee. During Kieve's terms as chair, IAIA built its first campus, greatly expanded its campus and curriculum, renovated and expanded its Museum, and is embarking the construction of a new Performing Arts Center. Kieve chairs the National Advisory Board of Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He has been inducted into Stanford's Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame.

Noted Authors Andre Dubus III and Ross Gay and Filmmakers Sterlin Harjo and Sydney Freeland Featured in the IAIA Winter Readers Gathering

IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program presented The 2017 Winter Readers Gathering on January 7-14, 2017. Readings took place each night in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC).

Participating in the gathering this year were noted authors Andre Dubus III, Ross Gay, Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muskogee) and Syreeta McFadden--as well as IAIA MFA faculty writers Ramona Ausubel, Marie-Helene Bertino, Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe), Melissa Febos, Sydney Freeland (Diné), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Manuel Gonzales, Pam Houston, Toni Jensen (Métis), Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), Chip Livingston (Creek), Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca), Ismet Prcic, James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz), Claire Vaye Watkins, Ken White, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

Additionally, the MFA students participated in the readings as well.

According to MFA Director Jon Davis: "We were pleased to have bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III, Ross Gay, a National Book Award winning poet, and prominent political and cultural commentator Syreeta McFadden. We celebrated the imminent release of nonfiction faculty mentor Melissa Febos's second book, Abandon Me, as well as nonfiction mentor Chip Livingston's novel, Owls Don't Have to Mean Death, screenwriting mentor and poet Ken White'sThe Getty Fiend, and poetry mentor Joan Naviyuk Kane'sMilk Black Carbon. We also had after-reading film screenings of Sterlin Harjo's Mekko and works by Sydney Freeland, director of the Emmy-nominated web series,  Her Story."

Institutional Advancement Success

IAIA's Department of Institutional Advancement reports another successful year of support--our giving and pledges totaled almost $768,000. Included is $4,200 raised through a web campaign in the final week of the year--a new effort for IAIA. Scholarship support continues to be robust and strong interest remains in furthering the impact of Scholarships in existence. Scholarships named for notable Alumni, the Jeri Ah-Be-Hill Scholarship and the Allan Houser Scholarship, received significant gifts in the last quarter of 2016. Look out for upcoming efforts showcasing Alumni accomplishments, supporting our legacy of Performing Arts, and how you can help our current students achieve success!

A Message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin

On behalf of Lara Trujillo-Barela, Chair, and the IAIA Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce that Manuel "Manny" James Ramirez, enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, has been selected as IAIA's 2017 Student of the Year. This award is sponsored by the American Indian College Fund.

Manny is a senior majoring in Studio Arts and has maintained a high academic grade point average. He also has engaged in extensive leadership and service activities on campus with the Associated Student Government and other campus and community organizations. Moreover, he has served as Student Orientation Leader and worked as a Resident Assistant who is known for his willingness to help other students. Manny says his IAIA experience has enhanced his skills as an artist while increasing his appreciation of Native culture, art, and education.
--Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
IAIA's Multi-Dimensional Man

IAIA Webmaster and Marketing Specialist Jason S. Ordaz was featured on the cover of a recent edition of Santa Fe New Mexican's Pasatiempo.

"To view Ordaz's IAIA photos is to take the pulse of the college as a whole, as each photograph takes stock of not only the main subject, but also that subject's position in relation to the surrounding environment. His approach toward creating indelible images of campus life is both anthropological and creative. He said he values candid moments the most, along with the anything-can-happen nature of his job."
--Molly Boyle

Read the entire article at the Pasatiempo.

Former IAIA Instructor awarded 2016 NACF Artist Fellowship

Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) was awarded the 2016 National Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts. Mateo Romero's distinctive depictions of Southwest Native life are known throughout the Native art painting world. Represented by Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, Romero has shown at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts and is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. His work has appeared in various publications and he has served on committees and boards for art organizations while periodically teaching at IAIA. Romero was born into a family of artists. His grandmother, Teresita Chavez Romero, was a notable Cochiti Pueblo polychrome potter. His father, Santiago Romero, was a Dorothy Dunn School trained watercolorist. And his older brother, Diego Romero, is a prominent ceramicist. From his family, he learned early in life about the value, appreciation and importance of art and artists.

IAIA Alumna Joy Harjo Joins the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Board of Directors

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) announced that it has added Joy Harjo, an award winning poet, author, and musician--and one of NACF's founding board members--to serve on the national non-profit's Board of Directors.

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation, '68) holds the John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is a co-founder of the Mvskoke Arts Association. She has written eight books of poetry and received the prestigious Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens award in 2015 and the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in 2014 for her achievements. Harjo received the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Non Fiction for a memoir, Crazy Brave, and is the author of two award-winning children's books, several screenplays, two plays, and an anthology of North American Native Women's writing. She has also produced and performed on several award-winning CD's of original music. "I am pleased to announce my return to the NACF Board," Harjo stated. "It is almost ten years since we incorporated, to fulfill a dream brought forth from many generations of native artists and supporters from all over the country. What a gift to have been part of that dynamic team to get it started, and to see how far NACF has come from those early years. Many communities and artists have been renewed by the support of NACF. I am honored to return to continue serving this fine legacy of Native arts and cultures support and look forward to the next chapter."

IAIA MFA Director Jon Davis Receives the Off the Grid Prize

Jon Davis has been named the winner of the 2017 Off the Grid Prize, for his poetry collection Improbable Creatures. The book will be published in October of this year.

Jon Davis has published six chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections, including, most recently, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Davis is director of IAIA's Low Residency MFA program. He has previously received a Lannan Literary Award, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has also served as Santa Fe Poet Laureate.

He was a featured writer at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference in 2016 and will be again this year. Dayplaces, which he co-translated from the Arabic with the author, Naseer Hassan, will be published by Tebot Bach Press in their New World Translation Series in April of this year.

Davis' poem, "The Invention of Ecstacy," appeared in Poems About Sculpture, published in Alfred A. Knopf's Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series. Another of his poems, "Of Gwendolyn Brooks," is forthcoming in the Golden Shovel Anthology from the University of Arkansas Press. His flash fiction, "Theoretically," is forthcoming in Comic Relief: Flashing for Comic Relief from Salt Publishing in Great Britain.

Davis also had five short stories in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine out of the University of Chester in Great Britain. His short stories are also included in A-Minor and Hinchas de Poesia. "Your New White Husband," which appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, received over 1,000 Facebook shares. The Off the Grid Prize was founded in the fall of 2011 to provide a forum for older poets. Winners receive $1,000 and publication of their manuscript by Off the Grid Press, an imprint of Grid Books. Previous winners include Keith Althaus, Patricia Corbus, Dicko King, Elaine Terranova, and Peter Nash.

Sydney Freeland Debuts Latest Film at Sundance

Sydney Freeland (Diné), IAIA MFA Faculty, recently debuted her second film at the Sundance Film Festival. An award-winning filmmaker, Freeland is no stranger to Sundance. After a brilliant run by her first feature-length film, Drunktown's Finest in 2014, she returns to debut her most recent work, Deidra and Laney Rob A Train. Sydney was awarded a United States Artists Ford Fellowship for Media Arts in 2014. And, this current offering is a product of that fellowship. "This will be my sixth time going to the Festival. My second time with a film. The screenwriter's name is Shelby Farrell. It's a dark comedy," said Freeland. "Kind of like a Raising Arizona or Juno."

The storyline follows two teen-aged sisters as they take up robbing trains to bail their mom out of jail. The film features Ashleigh Murray as Deidra, and Rachel Crow as Laney. The Sundance Institute describes the film as a "zany lemons-to-lemonade romp through kids facing tough times. Fiercely spirited, buoyantly flips the script on a world that keeps kids living across the tracks down on their luck." Freeland credits her success at Sundance with Drunktown as a career booster. Her past success is how she got attached to her current film. "One of the good things about showing at Sundance is it gives you an elevated platform. I was able to sign with a manager," said Freeland, "He sent me a couple of scripts. One the scripts he sent me was Deidra and Laney Rob A Train. I instantly fell in love with it."
Watch IAIA's New Performing Arts and Fitness Building Being Built

View the live stream of the construction site for the Institute of American Indian Arts Performing Arts and Fitness Center on the IAIA campus.

IAIA announces the opportunity for you to elevate the creative academic achievements and well-being of students at IAIA, by helping to build a new Performing Arts and Fitness Center on campus. This $9.5 million new center will provide professionally equipped rehearsal and performance spaces and a full gymnasium and cardio room. View the IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Center Architect Preview here.

IPCC's First New Art Exhibit Since 40th Anniversary Renovation to Feature Painter Marla Allison

Award-winning artist and IAIA alumna Marla Allison (Laguna, '00) has begun creating a new series of paintings to be displayed in a solo show called "Consumed by Design" at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). On Saturday, February 25, Allison will participate in a special three-hour reception to mark the show's opening in the IPCC's South Gallery. The public is invited to enjoy over a dozen new paintings and converse with both the artist and fellow art-lovers from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque.

Allison is known for vivid paintings that depict the landscapes, wildlife, architecture, and particularly the people of her native New Mexico, as well as for experimenting with geometric patterns to depict living forms. She deliberately draws from the artistic traditions of Laguna Pueblo in order to enrich her own work. Allison's artwork has been displayed in over a dozen group and solo exhibitions since she graduated from IAIA in 2000, and has been acquired by such institutions as the Heard Museum Permanent Collection in Phoenix, Arizona, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Red Cloud Indian School Collections in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Her 2015 painting "In Love with the Morning" hangs on the walls of the Pueblo-owned Starbucks across the street from the IPCC.

"Coffee and Culture" to Debut in February on KVSF-FM

Launching on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, "Coffee and Culture" will feature discussions regarding current and upcoming exhibitions, the artists and their works, and other relevant topics, hosted by personnel from some of the key Santa Fe Museums. The show will air weekly on KVSF 101.5 FM, The Voice of Santa Fe, Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Hosts will rotate each week and include Candace Walsh, from El Palacio Magazine (New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs); Stuart Ashman, from the Center for Contemporary Arts; Mara Harris, from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; and Eric Davis from IAIA, who will appear with co-hosts from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, IAIA's Museum Studies Department, and others. The shows will be podcast at www.santafe.com.

Artists in Business Leadership Fellowships Include Two Members of IAIA Family

First Peoples Fund is pleased to announce the 2017 artists chosen by a national selection committee to receive the 2017 Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships. First Peoples Fund offers $5,000 annual grants to Native artists dedicated to the wellbeing of Indigenous artistic expression and its relationship to the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples.

The Artists in Business Leadership program provides support for artist entrepreneurs to achieve and sustain financial independence. These Fellows are mid-career artists who have demonstrated a commitment to pursue their art as a career and are leaders in their communities. 2017 Artists in Business Leadership Fellows include: Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Diné '17), independent filmmaker, Chinle, Arizona and Crystal Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan '13), graphic and painting artist, Juneau, Alaska.

IAIA Annual Holiday Market Held on Saturday, December 10, 2016

IAIA's Holiday Market was held on Saturday, December 10, 2016, and featured works of art by over 50 artists including Ron Martinez Looking Elk '90 (Isleta Pueblo), Tania Larsson '17 (Gwich'in), Clyde Tenorio '64 (Kewa Pueblo), Stephen Wall (White Earth Chippewa), Terran Kipp Last Gun '16 (Blackfeet), Mary Deleary '10 (Ojibwe), Aaron Yazzie '19 (Diné), Shondinii Walters '16 (Diné), Frank Andrews '17 (Colville Confederated/Diné), Duane Tawahongva (Hopi), Nami Okuzono '17, and Justus Benally '17 (Apache).

New Student Welcome Ceremony

The IAIA new and transfer student Welcome Ceremony was held on Friday, January 13. Each student had an opportunity to address the assembled Faculty and Staff and introduce themselves, and speak about why they came to IAIA, what they'd be studying, and what they wanted to do after graduation. Welcome to all!

IAIA Community Holiday Lunch and Gathering

The annual Holiday lunch was held on Wednesday, December 7 in the Hogan. The gathering was a great experience for all who attended. Many new staff and faculty members were introduced during the lunch, and Dr. Martin made some important announcements, and wished Happy Holidays to all.

Et Cetera

Et cetera contains photographs of happenings related to IAIA--be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site.
Regina Clauschee (Navajo Nation) is the temporary Executive Assistant to the President reporting directly to Dr. Martin. She comes to IAIA with a wealth of experience including administration, accounting, clerking for a district judge and project management.
Arthur Benavidez joined IAIA as our new HVAC Technician. Arthur reports directly to James Mason, Facility Director and comes to IAIA with great HVAC and facility maintenance and repair experience. He has worked for Walmart, the Santa Fe Indian School, Anderson Air Corporation, and J G Refrigeration among others. When you see Arthur please take the opportunity to stop and welcome him to the IAIA community!
For Cannupa Hanska Luger, IAIA '11, the protests at Standing Rock are personal. The artist, who makes sculpture, video and installations, was born on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, and he is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, whose territory is nearby. He is in possession of German and Norwegian blood too. "I am North Dakota," he jokes. Now based in New Mexico, where he was recently an artist in residence at IAIA, he has been traveling to his home state over the last nine months to support the encampment in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. Though many protesters left the site after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the pipeline in early December--and after a hard winter set in--the encampment is still active.
Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait-Pitseolak Ashoona | Napachie Pootoogook | Annie Pootoogook was named number seven in their top ten exhibitions list for 2016 by Art Ltd. This powerful exhibition provided visitors a glimpse into an evolving Inuit world through three generations of Kinngait women artists. Congratulations MoCNA and curator Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo)!
Congratulations to Nancy Fields (Lumbee '06) on being named the new director of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Pembroke, North Carolina. Check out the story on her in the Robesonian Newspaper. Fields is also the Vice President of the IAIA Alumni Council.
Carly Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes '16) and Gerald McMaster (Cree '75) are featured in an article in the Spokesman Review on the upcoming exhibition "Reservation X." The exhibit features a dress by Feddersen and will "explore the cultural and conceptual notions of contemporary 'Indian-ness." It opens on Thursday, February 2 at the Richmond Gallery in Spokane, Washington.
IAIA Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Coordinator Rudolfo Serna's post-apocalyptic story "Fishing in the Desert" is podcast at Brick Moon Fiction.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Exhibitions

MoCNA Happenings

Friday, February 17, 12:30-1:30 pm
Brown Bag it with MoCNA-Emmi Whitehorse
Project Lab
IAIA Happenings

Wednesday, February 15, 5:00-6:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Meghann O'Brien and Fritz Casuse-Farewell Reception
Academic Building

Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Student Success Summit
IAIA Campus Closed

Wednesday, March 29, 12:15-1:00 pm
2017 AIHEC Conference Awards
IAIA Auditorium

Thursday, May 4, 12:15-1:00 pm
Student Recognition and Awards

IAIA Ambassador Competition
IAIA Auditorium

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 am-7:30 pm
IAIA Annual Powwow
Dance Circle

Saturday, May 13, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
IAIA Commencement
Dance Circle

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies, and a graduate degree in Creative Writing, the Institute of American India Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and it's the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer: Eric Davis

Contributing writer, editor, and photographer: Jason S. Ordaz
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