e-Newsletter | September 2016 

2016 President's Convocation

On August 25, 2016, The President's Convocation and Prayer Circle officially started the Fall 2016 Semester. Beginning in the Dance Circle, Stephen Fadden (Saint Regis Mohawk) offered a prayer while the assembled faced East, Porter Swentzel (Santa Clara Pueblo) offered a Tewa prayer to the South, Alvin Sandoval (Navajo) offered a prayer to the West, and Norman Red Star (Lakota) offered a prayer to the North. The assembled then gathered in the auditorium for comments by President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), IAIA Trustee Barbara Ells, and a keynote speech by the always eloquent and inspiring Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), which was completed by an honoring ceremony. A barbecue lunch and a student stickball game followed. Happy Fall Semester to everyone!

Constitution Day

September 14, 2016 was Constitution Day, and at a presentation during an IAIA Community Gathering, Professor Stephen Wall (White Earth Reservation) brought out one of his students-- Kendrick House (Oneida Nation) to talk about how the US Constitution was based on the Iroquois Confederacy--the Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth--advancing "peace, civil authority, righteousness, and the great law" amongst its people. The current conflict at Standing Rock and its constitutional violations was also part of the conversation.

Also attending the gathering were two VIPs from the Higher Learning Commission (one of our school's accreditors)-- Karen L. Solinski, Executive Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs and Karen J. Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations and Director, Standard Pathway, who spoke about standards of success for colleges and universities throughout our region.

IAIA Students Takes Top Prizes at NM Student Filmmakers Showcase

Two IAIA students were the big winners at the New Mexico Film Foundation's 2016 Student Filmmakers Showcase, which screened recently in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The Blanket, written and directed by IAIA's Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota) took home the awards for Best Overall Film, Best Narrative and Best Actor for Michael Wilbourn.

Additionally, IAIA student Echota KillsNight (Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee Keetoowah), won awards for Cinematography and Editing for his film, Devil's Throne

"It's good to see that IAIA's film program measures up pretty well against all the others in the state," said James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), IAIA's Department Chair of Cinematic Arts and Technology.

IAIA and NMEC Co-hosted College Fair on IAIA Campus

IAIA and the New Mexico Education Council (NMEC) co-hosted a College Fair on Thursday, September 15, 2016, on the IAIA campus. Over 30 colleges from within and outside New Mexico were in attendance. The New Mexico Education Council is a program of New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation (NMEAF) and is the sponsor of New Mexico's annual College Days and College Nights at high schools and on college campuses.

IAIA Sponsored Innaugural City Different Festival

The City Different Festival included music, art, a film festival, and works by students from IAIA and other schools in the Santa Fe area. It was not only a celebration that reflected the diverse community of artists, but a chance to experience the freedom of creativity that is a key attraction of Santa Fe.
IAIA Students at Standing Rock

Barbara Robidoux
IAIA Students to Host Event to Raise Funds to Support Standing Rock Community

Organized by IAIA MFA student Barbara Robidoux, the event will feature readings by noted authors Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Toni Jensen (Metis), along with a short film and talk by Ricardo Caté (Santo Domingo Pueblo). In addition to the film and readings, the event will feature a show of artwork for sale in the lobby outside the auditorium, with paintings created by kids from Standing Rock School brought back by the IAIA students who recently visited the site. All support collected and proceeds from the sale of the art will go to benefit the Sacred Stone School--Defenders of the Waters--at Standing Rock.
Rose Simpson

Karl Duncan

2016 Alumni Council Election Results

The results from the 2016 Alumni Council Election are in. There were 138 total ballots cast by alumni, or 7% of our 2,000 contactable alumni. 74 ballots were cast online and 64 ballots were cast via regular mail.

Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) '07, Linley Logan (Seneca) '85, and Kevin Locke (Leech Lake Ojibwe) '13 were the three candidates who received the most votes and are the new Alumni Councilors. They join Karl Duncan (San Carlos Apache) '09, Nancy Fields (Lumbee) '06, Selina Farmer (Cherokee) '98, and George Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) '86 on the seven-member Alumni Council. The council convenes four regular meetings throughout the year. Each councilor serves a term of two years.

If you are an IAIA Alumni and would like to update your contact info, please use the IAIA Alumni (Update Your Contact Information) form.

IAIA Library Readings for Fall 2016

IAIA presents readings by noted IAIA students, faculty, and Alumni on September 13, October 11, October 25, November 1, and November 15, 2016, at 4 pm, in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus. For more information, see the event listing at the bottom of this email or at IAIA Happenings on our website.

Pop Chalee
IAIA Receives Donation of Pop Chalee Archives

IAIA Archives acquired a donation from Jack Cruz Hopkins of Taos of a collection originally compiled by his grandmother, Merina Lujan Hopkins, better known as the Taos Pueblo painter Pop Chalee (1906-1993). Hopkins obtained the archive, known as the Merina Lujan Hopkins (Pop Chalee) Collection, from his aunt Betty Hopkins. The Chalee Collection is rich in photographs and news clippings dating from the 1920s through the 1990s. Two photograph albums document her life in Utah, Taos, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and on the road as a celebrity. A wooden-bound scrapbook, the cover painted by Chalee, documents her career from a first-hand perspective.

IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters and IAIA Trustee Sonya Kelliher-Combs Involved in New Exhibition

IAIA Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) is part of the Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations exhibition at the Anchorage Museum which opened Friday, September 30, 2016. Curated by noted artist and IAIA Trustee Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Athabascan/Inupiaq), participating artists include Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne), James Luna (Payómkawichum (Luiseño)/Mexican-American), Shan Goshorn (Cherokee), Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga'a), Jessie Kleemann, Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Charlene Teters (Spokane), Barry Pottle (Inuk), Larry McNeil (Tlingit), and Emily Johnson (Yup'ik).

Indigenous leaders, activists, artists, and scholars address common misperceptions about the North, fostering critical commentary about these issues through the exhibition, which inspires dialogue across disciplines and platforms through a series of public programs and art installations.
IAIA Partners with SFIFF Featuring Strong Line-Up of Indigenous Films

IAIA announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) to be one of their community-level sponsors.

The eighth annual SFIFF is the premiere film event in Santa Fe, showcasing the very best independent films of 2016 in Santa Fe's top theaters. SFIFF runs from October 19, 2016 through October 23, 2016, featuring five days of independent film, social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops. SFIFF's goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich the Santa Fe community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico.

As part of their programming, The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) presents a very special slate of Native American Films. This program features narratives, documentaries, and shorts with a unique perspective on Native America. These films include the top indigenous films of 2016, plus local selections and films by up-and-coming Native filmmakers, including I Am Thy Weapon, directed by IAIA Student Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota). You can see her film at 5:30 pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Jean Cocteau Cinema and 9 pm, Friday, October 21, 2016, also at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. For further information and a full schedule, please visit santafeindependent.com.

IAIA to Host Symposium in Honor of Lloyd Kiva New

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cherokee artist and educator Lloyd Kiva New, IAIA presents the Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation on October 27 and 28, 2016, at the IAIA Campus. Registration information can be found here.

The Convocation is the final event of 2016 celebration of the birth of Lloyd Kiva New, following a collaborative exhibition program between IAIA, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Scheduled programming during the Convocation includes discussions of Native art education, Native art practice, artist biographies, and case studies surrounding the Contemporary Native Art Movement. Stephen Fadden (Mohawk) will be the keynote speaker.

For more information and to register, see Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation.
IAIA Alumna Laura Dà wins American Book Award

The Before Columbus Foundation recently announced the winners of the Thirty-Seventh Annual American Book Awards. Among those named was poet and IAIA Alumna Laura Dà (Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) '99, for her book Tributaries, published by the University of Arizona press.

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. The winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the San Francisco Jazz Center.

IAIA 2016 Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Artists Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble

Erin Gingrich (Nome Eskimo Community) is an Alaska Native artist whose sculptures and mask forms are composed of wood, paint, and beads. This combination of artistic skills and elements comes from the diverse cultural and environmental influences that surround her. Because of the wealth of artistic, cultural and natural environments that she grew up in, she fostered an interest in both science and art.

Nakkita Trimble's Nisga'a name is Speaking Through Art. She is from Wilps Axdii Wil Luugooda, The House that is Never Empty. Nakkita is Frog clan and maternally from Gingolx, British Columbia. Maternally she is Nisga'a, and Paternally she is Tlingit. "Through my ancestors I am re-connecting the Nisga'a and Tlingit marital and family ties. My family tree and connection to identity are the seeds of the work I create."

Funding for the IAIA A-i-R Program has been generously provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

For more information, see IAIA Artist-in-Residence.

2016 50 Faces of Indian Country

Included in the listing were many people with ties to IAIA including:

Adam Beach (Saulteaux), who recently visited the campus to discuss a variety of programs with Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) and Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane); Daystar Rosalie Jones (Pembina/Chippewa), who recently received a Lifetime Acheivement Award from IAIA; Activist and new Mexico resident LaDonna Harris (Comanche), a frequent visitor to IAIA events and a recent guest on "Through our Eyes"; Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D'alene) a member of the IAIA MFA faculty; IAIA Alumnus Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee); Wes Studi (Cherokee), a frequent visitor and lecturer on the IAIA Campus, and Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) a previous instructor at IAIA. Our own Jason S. Ordaz provided the photographs for two of the 50 people honored and is featured photographer in the 2016 edition.

The entire newsletter can be found at Indian Country Today Media Network.

Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni News

This newsletter edition includes a feature that highlights the excellence and accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

IAIA's students, faculty, staff, and alumni are consistently involved in research, scholarly, and artistic activities, that help to further IAIA's outstanding reputation.
Porter Swentzell

IAIA Faculty Porter Swentzell Involved in New Program

Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) is a member of the Pueblo doctoral cohort project in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. This unique program provides the opportunity to work on Pueblo and Native community-identified issues while remaining in New Mexico and maintaining ties to his family, Pueblo, and IAIA. This is a committed program of study where cohort members complete all courses and dissertation working non-stop through 8 semesters.

President Dr. Robert Martin has graciously offered space at IAIA to host one of the courses JUS 691: Child and Family Policy in Cross-National Contexts: Indigenous Issues and Perspectives taught by Dr. Beth Swadener. The course will be held on campus on three different weekends during the Fall semester, August 26-28, September 16-18, and October 7-9, 2016. To learn more about the program, visit sst.class.asu.edu.

Dakota Yazzie
Ryan Young

Campus Safety Awareness

IAIA Students Dakota Yazzzie (Navaho Nation) and Ryan Young (Chippewa) along with IAIA Housing Director Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee Creek) recently presented our annual Campus Safety Awareness Month Title IX Program. They discussed the definitions and types of harassment, and the processes to address any issues, whether you are a victim or a witness, including the anonymous reporting which can be submitted at IAIA Title IX Campus Safety.


Happenings in and around the Institute of American Indian Arts.



Dr. Robert Martin
introduced Karen Solomon, Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Vice President for Accreditation Relations,(Left) and Karen Solinsky, HLC Executive Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs (Right) during the Constitution Day celebration.  Ms. Solomon and Ms. Solinsky toured the IAIA campus and then joined us for lunch at the Community Gathering.

Luci Tapahonso (Navajo) and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) with Senator Tom Udall as the New Mexico Women in the Arts celebration.

The Navajo Nation's first poet laureate Luci Tapahonso and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales. Photo: Linda Carfagno.

The American Indian College Fund is featuring one our own students,  Justina Bruns (Oglala Lakota Sioux), in their most recent global request for tribal college student support.

Actor Adam Beach (Saulteaux) visited the IAIA Campus in September to talk with Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), Dean Teters (Spokane), and James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) about collaborating with the Cinematic Arts Department.

New Employees

Natascha Holmes (Seminole/Creek) from Miami, Florida, has joined the IAIA student Life team as an Art Therapist. She has a dual Master's in art therapy and counseling from Southwestern college of Santa Fe. Holmes attended IAIA in '99, and has a BS in Fine Arts from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She completed her art therapy internship at IAIA and brings 20 years of experience with women's counseling, prenatal/postnatal counseling, birth coaching, multicultural and diversity counseling, and nutritional counseling. She has also been a two year graduate assistant at Southwestern, an art instructor, and an educational art director. Holmes is an abstract painter, and mixed media artist, with works currently on display in Florida. She uses an earth based approach with art therapy/counseling, and looks forward to working with students and staff, and assisting in the community healing.

Madeline Lott Cain is our new Assistant Manager at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Museum Store. She reports directly to Miria Caldwell, the Museum Shop Manager. Lott Cain brings a wealth of diverse experiences and information to her position. She holds a BFA from the University of North Dakota, specializing in fiber arts and encaustic painting. Madeline also trained as a midwife at Birthwise Midwifery School. She has lived in Santa Fe for a year and a half.

Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee Creek), IAIA Alum and Residential Coordinator, was hired on September 5, 2016, as IAIA Housing Director. Tarpalechee comes to the position with two years of experience as the Residential Coordinator in housing here at IAIA. He will be reporting directly to the Dean of Students. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Cinematic Arts from IAIA with Highest Honors. He has been an Associate Producer and a Project Coordinator with Native American Public Telecommunications in Lincoln Nebraska. He was also a Multimedia Fellow with Vision Maker Media in developing creative online media content in podcasting and documentary and a Youth Wellness Program Counselor with the Muskogee Division of Health in Okmulgee, OK.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Exhibitions

MoCNA Happenings

October 18-November 1, 2016
Volunteer Training

October 18, 2016-January 31, 2017
Docent Training

Friday, October 28, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
The MoCNA Reader--Monkey Beach

Thursday, November 10, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
MoCNA Skype with the Curators

Thursday, November 17, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Thursday, December 8, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Coffee + Cup Making + Chief Curator

IAIA Happenings

Monday, October 10, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble--Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 4 pm
MFA Fall Reading with Kate O'Neill and Eric Davis

Wednesday, October 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (Day 1)
CLE Commons

Friday, October 14, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
Communications for Tribal Programs, Organizations, and Groups
CLE Commons

Friday, October 14, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (Day 2)
CLE Commons

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 pm-4:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble-Radio Show
KSFR 101.1

Wednesday, October 19, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Problem, Solution, and Action
CLE Commons

Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble-Open Studio

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4 pm
MFA Fall Reading with Anne Haven McDonnell and Kim Parko

Wednesday, October 26, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (Day 3)
CLE Commons

October 24-27, 2016
IAIA Food Days
IAIA Campus

October 27 and 28, 2016
Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation

Friday, October 28, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (Day 4)
CLE Commons

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 4 pm
MFA Fall Reading with Kyce Bello, Ira Huff (Haudenosaunee), and Jennifer Love

Thursday, November 3, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erin Gingrich and Nakkita Trimble-Farewell Reception

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
IAIA Open House and Performing Arts Building Groundbreaking
IAIA Campus

Tuesday, November 25, 2016, 4 pm
MFA Fall Reading with Ginger Gaffney and Barbara Robidoux (Eastern Tsalagi/Cherokee/Metis)

General Information

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

Visit the IAIA website at www.iaia.edu for up-to-date information, or for questions and inquiries please conact us at iaiacommunications@iaia.edu.

Institute of American Indian Arts
(505) 424-2300

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
(505) 983-1666

About IAIA

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

Assistant Editor and Contributing Photographer:  Jason S. Ordaz
IAIA Radio Show, Tuesdays at 4 pm

Through Our Eyes on Tuesdays from 4-4:30 pm, KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio, is an IAIA-produced show examining a wide variety of issues relating to the Native American community. Hosted by IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis, the show features conversations with Native American Scholars, Artists, Tribal Leaders, and more. You can listen to the show on the radio or stream it on your computer at KSFR.org. Past shows are podcast on their website, so you can listen any time you'd like at the following link:

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