e-Newsletter | March 2015   

 Jamelyn Ebelacker

Dr. Robert Martin

Dean Charlene Teters

Moderator Eric Davis and attendees of one of the Slogan Workshops
Student Success Safety Summit


Friday, February 25, 2015, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) held its first annual Student Success Safety Summit.  An all-day event, the summit was designed to inform the entire IAIA community (students, staff, and faculty) about how federal Title IX requirements regarding gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, and domestic/partner violence affect the campus community, and how IAIA handles these issues.  Other topics covered included off-campus support and reporting process, healthy relationships, and definitions of consent.



Key organizers of the event included IAIA staff, faculty, and students: Dean Char Teters, Dean Carmen Henan, Retention Director Jeminie Shell, Marketing Director Eric Davis, Facilities Manager James Mason, Housing Director Carol Reed, Counselor Greer McSpadden, Students Accounts and Financial Aid Coordinator Leah Boss, SSC Program Administrator Diane Reyna, ASG President Jamelyn Ebelacker, and Security Manager, Mo Arteaga.



The event began in the Auditorium with a welcome from ASG President Jamelyn Ebelacker (Santa Clara Pueblo), followed by an introduction to the event from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), and a moving Keynote Speech by Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane Nation).  



Students were then assigned to workshops throughout the day, including Bystander Education, The Reporting Process, a Safety Panel Discussion, and a Slogan Workshop -- where students brainstormed a slogan to be used on campus for IAIA's On-Campus Safety Program.  The 4 workshops each came up with a final slogan, which will be circulated and voted on by the entire campus population.  The winner will be announced in next month's Newsletter.  



Outside groups participating in the workshop and providing support included, Solace, Impact, Community Justice for Survivors of Sexual Violence Project, Tewa Women United, Esperanza, IAIA's Presbyterian Health Clinic, Santa Fe City Police Department, and Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

  Dr. Martin with Jona Charette 

Student of the Year Terran Kipp

IAIA Board of Trustees Chair Loren Kieve
IAIA Scholarship Dinner

The Spring Semester 2015 IAIA Scholarship Awards night was held on February 19, 2015 in the CLE Commons.  Over 425 awards were given to IAIA students, totaling over $390,000.00.  These included American Indian College Fund S cholarships, Named Scholarships, and awards from the Johnson Foundation -- along with IAIA Scholarships.  The President's List and Dean's List for Fall 2014 were also announced.

The night's Keynote Speaker was Jona Charette (Northern Cheyenne) of the American Indian College Fund.  Also present were many members of the IAIA Board of Trustees, including board chair, Loren Kieve (Cherokee).

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) also introduced the audience to the IAIA 2015 Student of the Year, Terran Kipp, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.

Dr. Martin's President's List (4.0 GPA) includes: Roseanna Andrade,  Amber Andrade, Amber Byars, Emma DeMarr,  Jamelyn Ebelacker, Sydney Issacs, Stephanie Jock, Boderra Joe, Dwayne Joe, Kyle Kootswatewa,  Sunny Loneman, Ronald Martinez Looking Elk, Azizah Muhammad, Nami Okuzono,   Sonja Pohl, Damian Price, Journeyway Price,  Charles Rencountre, Tasha Sanchez, Carmen Selam, William Thoms, Julia Wall,  Saeko Yamada, and  Ryan Young.

"How Coyote and Eagle Stole the Sun and Moon"

"The Deer People Story" 


"Bye Bye, Ronnie" 

"Escape to the Moon"


Curator James Lujan (front) with filmmakers Echota Killsnight and Razelle Benally

IAIA-Produced films to be show at the 

Taos Shortz Film Fest 



The Taos Shortz Film Fest will feature the works of students of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) during its "Native American Showcase" -- Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 4-6 pm -- at the Taos Community Auditorium, 144 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico.



Curated and Hosted by James Lujan, Department Chair, Cinematic Arts and Technology, IAIA, the showcase includes short films by several IAIA students.  The program includes:



"How Coyote and Eagle Stole the Sun and Moon" by Erica Moore (Otoe/Osage/Pawnee/Sac & Fox)


"The Deer People Story" by Sydney Isaacs (Tlingit)

"Malevolent" by Echota Cheyenne Killsnight (Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee)

"Bye Bye, Ronnie" by  Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Navajo)

"Escape to the Moon" by  Felicia Nez (Navajo)

"Horodus" by  Kyle Joe (Navajo)

"Runage" by  James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) and  Diane Glancy (Cherokee)

Curator Lujan remarked, "This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their unique and dynamic talents.  As the only tribal college to offer a BFA in film, IAIA, with its new Cinematic Arts and Technology program, is in a perfect position to provide guidance and leadership for the Native cinematic storytellers of tomorrow."

Following the screenings, there will be a Panel Discussion and a Q & A Session on the topic of "The Future of Native Cinema", moderated by award-winning British filmmaker and IAIA Adjunct Professor  Peter Kershaw.  Additionally, Peter's film "Henry and the Animals" has been named an "Official Selection" in the Festival, and will be shown on Saturday, March 21, at noon.

The sponsors of the "Native American Showcase" include Taos Mountain Casino and Taos Pueblo Tourism Department.   For more information on tickets or a full festival schedule, please visit   www.taosshortz.com .  

IAIA Archery Club Practice


The IAIA Archery Club went to Albuquerque recently for some indoor range target practice before competing in the big AIHEC tournament at the March conference.  Seven students participated in the practice, and according to coach JoAnn Bishop everyone had a great time. 



The participants included George "Dusty" Webb, Jr., Burgess Dennis, Cheena Lujan, Angelina Pino, Effie Wall, Donna Martinez and Alexis Estes.  Dusty, Effie, Donna and Alexis are on the AIHEC Archery team; Burgess, Cheena and Angelina are members of the Archery Club. Everyone enjoyed practicing shooting at the 3D targets.  Here's wishing them luck in the big competition!


Photos by:  JoAnn Bishop


N. Scott Momaday and Director Jill Momaday Gray

Gyasi Ross

Photo by:  Eric Davis
IAIA Staff and Alumni News


We're pleased to announce the production of an upcoming PBS film
RETURN TO RAINY  MOUNTAIN  featuring one of our most prestigious  IAIA faculty members, writer and poet N. Scott Momaday. Follow the updates on the production of RETURN TO RAINY  MOUNTAIN from Director Jill Momaday Gray by  clicking here . Let's help get the word out about this  important project. Dr. Momaday is an Kiowa elder and a worldwide legend. We hope you'll participate  and keep sharing the new about this important work.  Future Newsletters will update the progress of the film, and announce the date of the IAIA free screening and reception. 


New Additions to the IAIA Family


Leslie Romero is our new Area Coordinator in Student Housing and will be reporting directly to Carol Reed, Student Housing Director. Leslie comes to IAIA with 4+ years of experience in various industries from retail sales and customer service, to administrative roles in gaming.  He has a BA in Mass Marketing/Advertising from UNM.  Leslie's work station is located in the Student Housing Office and his extension is 428.5808. 


Anne Cline came on-board recently to assist Dean Teters, due to the departure of Nina Vazquez.  Anne, who goes by the nick-name of "Fitz" is a Temp who will be engaged until a full-time replacement is hired. Fitz has worked for 10+ years in administrative support roles for the following local organizations, Museum of NM Foundation, St. John's College, Thornburg Investments, and Sarcon Construction Corp, to name a few. Fitz also worked 10+ years as a legal secretary for a number of law firms in New York City.  Fitz has a BA (Psychology) from UNM.  Fitz's extension is 424.5748 and she is listed as Anne Cline in Outlook. 


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 


Special Performance at the IAIA Bookstore 

Friday, February 6, 2015, Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet Nation) performed at the IAIA Bookstore in the CLE.  Gyasi read from his book, "How to Say I Love You in Indian".  Between readings, he talked about his life, motivations and direction.  Gyasi also invited attendees to "come up and read" themselves during the event.  A book signing followed his performance.


Gyasi Ross is a father, an author, public speaker, lawyer, and a filmmaker. TV, radio, and print media regularly seek his input on politics, sports, pop culture, and their intersections with Native life.  His second book, "How to Say I Love You in Indian" is available at www.cutbankcreekpress.com. 


General Info

IAIA's mission is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.

We welcome your inquiries: (505) 424-2300

View the e-Newsletter archive

Become a MoCNA member

Interested in  Volunteering at MoCNA?

Purchase a MoCNA gift membership

Follow IAIA
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Follow MoCNA
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Follow the CLE
Like us on Facebook

Campus Bookstore

The IAIA Campus Bookstore provides a vital service to the IAIA campus community. A welcoming, thought-provoking creative space offering:


 Photo & Art supplies

 Student artwork and gifts

 Occasional Entertainment

Located in the Center for Lifelong Learning. Open Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.



 IAIA on the radio! 

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio, airs "Through Our Eyes", an IAIA-produced show examining a wide variety of issues relating to the Native American community. Hosted by Eric Davis, IAIA Director of Marketing & Communications -- the show features conversations with Native American Scholars, Artists, Tribal Leaders, and more.  You can listen the show on the radio -- or stream on your computer at KSFR.org.  Past shows are podcast on their website, so you can listen any time you'd like.


Upcoming Events

March 16-20 - Spring Break

Now through March 27 -  IAIA Staff and Faculty Art Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, IAIA Campus

Now through March 31, 2015 - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

South Gallery

Chris Pappan: Account Past Due, Ledger Art and Beyond

Honor Gallery

Mihio Manus: Heavy Volume, Small Spaces

Now through July 31, 2015 Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Anne & Loren Kieve Gallery

Dark Light: The Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse

Fritz Scholder Gallery

Star Wallowing Bull: Mechanistic Renderings

North Gallery

War Department:  Selections from MoCNA's Permanent Collection

March 17 - CLE Community Garden Group - CLE Offices - noon-1 pm

March 19-22 - Taos Shortz Film Fest - Taos Community Auditorium,

Taos, NM   www.taosshortz.com


March 20 - Second Annual Interaction in Art:  The Art of Ping Pong - Allan Houser Art Park, Museum of Contemporary Native Art - 5-7 pm

March 26
 -  Job Fair, CLE Commons, noon-4 pm


March 31 - IAIA Campus Library Reading with Dia Winograd, 4 pm

April 8-9 - Book Sale, IAIA Library-Weds.:  2-6 pm, Thu.:  10 am-2 pm


April 16 - May 7 - Senior Graduating Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, IAIA Campus

April 28 IAIA Campus Library Reading with Jamie Figueroa & Dana Levin, 4 pm

May 5  IAIA Campus Library Reading with Jon Davis, 4 pm

May 9 - Powwow - Dance Circle, IAIA Campus, 11 am

May 9  - Graduate and Alumni Lunch, CLE Commons, 11:30 am

May 15 - Commencement Rehearsal - Dance Circle, 11 am

May 15 - IAIA BFA Student Exhibition Closing Reception, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, South Gallery, 5-7pm

May 16 - 2015 Commencement - Dance Circle, 11:00 am



Editor:   Eric Davis
Photographer:   Jason S. Ordaz

The Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.  
To make a donation on-line, please  click here  -- or call  toll free: 1.800.804.6423.

Join Mailing List - White