eNewsletter | August 2017
2017 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction -- Together, We Stood Up for Student Success!
IAIA held our Scholarship Dinner and Auction on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Thanks to the generousity of all of our sponsors and guests, we achieved our goal of raising $200,000 for student scholarships. Our success will help ensure that students who receive financial aid will continue to have the support they need to complete their education. Helping a student graduate debt-free may be the greatest gift of a lifetime! So many people helped make this event the success that it was.
Contributing artists included IAIA alumni Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute) '09, Nonabah Sam (Navajo/Tesuque) '05, Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) '05, Dan Namingha (Hopi-Tewa) '65/'96, Tedra Begay (Navajo) '07, Kevin Red Star (Crow) '65, Phillip Haozous (Chiricahua Apache), Penny Singer (Navajo) '96, Anthony Gchachu (Zuni), Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) '90, Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo) '78, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) '92, and other noted artists such as Ben Nighthorse Campbell , James Roybal , Arlo Namingha (Tewa/Hopi), Dale Chihuly , Upton Ethelbah Jr. (Santa Clara Pueblo/White Mountain Apache), Kevin Box, Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw), and Nocona Burgess (Comanche).
Warmest thanks also to those who donated fabulous experiences such as Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) and the Jean Cocteau Cinema, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians , Troutstalker Ranch, Beverly and Mike Morris , The Poeh Cultural Center , Sealaska Heritage Center , and First Alaskans Institute . Also, thank you to all of our sponsors for your contribution to our annual IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction.
Faculty and Staff Welcome Lunch
On August 7, 2017 IAIA hosted a Welcome Lunch for the Faculty and Staff in the CLE Commons. The assembled had a chance to reconnect with colleagues and meet new members of the community. A great meal and a great time was had by all.
2017 President’s Convocation
On August 24, 2017, The President's Convocation and Prayer Circle officially started the Fall 2016 Semester. Beginning in the Dance Circle, Mary Deleary (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), Alvin Sandoval (Diné), and Bryson Runs Above-Meyers (Chippewa Cree/Dakota/Lakota) offered prayers to the four directions.
The assembled then gathered in the auditorium for comments by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), IAIA Trustee Beverly Morris (Aleut), and a keynote speech by noted artist Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), which was followed by an honoring ceremony for her. Dr. Edward Hughes and Dr. Mark Figueroa, IAIA’s Achieving The Dream coaches also spoke, along with the new members the IAIA Staff and Faculty.

A barbecue lunch and a student stickball game followed.
Happy Fall Semester to everyone!

Achieving the Dream
Recently, IAIA joined the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network of schools with the goal of increasing our students' success. ATD offers a  capacity-building framework  and companion self-assessment that allow colleges to pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement across seven institutional capacities such as leadership and vision, teaching and learning, and data and technology. ATD's approach integrates and aligns existing college success efforts and offers valuable support in preparing for accreditation, fostering conversation about goals, and making bold, holistic institution-wide changes because initiatives that don't reach most of a college's student body have not shown strong results.
Our two ATD coaches, Dr. Edward Hughes and Dr. Mark Figueroa visited IAIA to hold meetings with our internal team, headed by co-chairs Craig Tompkins and Blue Tarpelechee (Muscogee Creek Nation) and present the program to the IAIA Community at a gathering, held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Our membership in ATD is sponsored by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation – a nonprofit group focused on helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in college and student loan repayment. They’ve been chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers — as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Through their education philanthropy, they’ve made grants of over $200 million since 2006 to support low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students realize the dream of a college education and the social and economic benefits that accompany it.
Student Welcome Lunch
IAIA officially welcomed students back to campus for the Fall Semester on August 11, 2017.  Mary Deleary (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), delivered the Opening Prayer, then ASG PR Officer Chad BrownEagle (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) welcomed the crowd and introduced IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee).  Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane), Dean of Students Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone), along with other members of the Faculty and student body, who welcomed and addressed the assembled. After the ceremony, all enjoyed a party with a live DJ and a very popular Dunk Tank at the Fitness Center. It was a great way to start the new semester!
Indian Market
As always, the IAIA community stepped up and helped make the 2017 Indian Market an extraordinary event. Over 125 IAIA Alumni had booths and sold their artworks. Over 20 IAIA Students and recent Alumni had tables at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts to sell their works there. IAIA Visiting Professor Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot/Siksita) produced the amazing Haute Couture Fashion Show, which featured designs by IAIA Alumnae Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) ‘89, Crystal Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan) ‘13, Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) ‘07, and more. Additionally, many IAIA Students participated in the SWAIA Class X and Edge programs.

IAIA Alumnae took home two big prizes this year. Razelle Benally (Navajo/Ogala Lakota) ’16 won Class X Best of Division: Narrative Short for her film Raven . Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) ’05 won the Best of Classification in Class III: Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, and Photography for her photograph “Ty” and First Place in Division F: Computer Graphics and the IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award for her photograph “Kaa.”
It was a great showing of talent from the IAIA community. “Like” IAIA's Facebook Page here, and check out photographs of the Haute Couture Fashion Show taken by IAIA’s own Jason S. Ordaz .
IAIA Alumni Lunch

Over 100 people attended the 2017 Alumni Luncheon during Indian Market on Friday August 18, 2017 - the largest attendance ever at this event! Over 75 alumni and their guests were there. The Luncheon was held in the Allan Houser Art Park at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Thanks to everyone who attended for making the luncheon a success--it turned in to a mini reunion! There was good food, camaraderie, words from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), Alumni Council President Karl Duncan (Arikara/Mandan/Hidatsa/San Carlos Apache) '09, and, of course, bingo. Circle your calendars for next year's luncheon on the Friday of Indian Market week!

Chee Brossy
Alumni & Constituent Relations Manager
IAIA Night at Bandstand
A huge crowd was in attendance for IAIA night at Bandstand featuring Blues artist Levi Platero (Navajo Nation) and his band.
Opening the show were two Native American Drum groups who wowed the audience with their traditional performances and beautiful playing and singing.
This was a wonderful way for the Santa Fe community to give Indian Market Week a great kick-off.
IAIA Health, Wellness, & Fitness Director JoAnn Bishop Named "Dreamstarter Teacher" By Olympian Billy Mills And Running Strong for American Indian Youth
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth , announced that IAIA’s own JoAnn Bishop is one of 13 talented educators in the recently named Dreamstarter Teachers . Each educator will receive a monetary grant to support the educational needs of Native students.
Co-founded by Mills in 1986, Running Strong for American Indian Youth brings local expertise together with the support of thousands of donors and supporters to create healthier, happier, and more hopeful futures for American Indian youth.
Bishop will use the $960.00 grant she received for training costs for the IAIA Archery Club. Congratulations JoAnn!
On August 21, 2017, representatives from Sealaska Heritage Institute and the University of Alaska Southeast met with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and members of his cabinet to discuss ways to encourage more Alaska students to attend IAIA after receiving their Associate’s Degree at UAS.
Show in the photo, from left: SHI Chief of Operations, Lee Kadinger ; Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), Joe Nelson , Eagle moiety, Teikweidí (Brown Bear); SHI President Rosita ( Kaaháni ) Worl , Eagle moiety, Shangukeidí (Thunderbird) Clan; and IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee).
Nusenda and IAIA

Since Nusenda Credit Union’s start 81 years ago, their mission has been to do well, so they can do good, creating positive change in communities across New Mexico. This is the philosophy behind their Community Rewards program. Nusenda has a strong, ongoing commitment to their community partners in furthering their organizational goals, particularly goals related to education. IAIA has received Community Rewards contributions from Nusenda, and they’ve produced videos featuring IAIA and some of the other recipients. View the IAIA video on their website here. Click on the link, and once on the page please scroll down to the IAIA video.
You can also see some IAIA students in the new Nusenda advertising campaign.
Visiting Writers Series Brings IAIA Alumnni to Campus at Colorado College
On October 26, 2017, Colorado College will host an Indigenous Reading Series featuring IAIA Alumni Layli Long Soldier (Ogala Lakota) ’09; Byron F. Aspaas (Diné) ’15; and Jennifer Elise Foerster ‘03 (Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma) .

Long Soldier has received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry , a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation , and a Whiting Award for her debut book of poetry, Whereas .
Byron F. Aspaas has had his work appear in Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Denver Quarterly, and The Rumpus . He is Red Running into the Water; born for the Bitter Water People.

Foerster , whose first book of poems is titled Leaving Tulsa , was awarded a 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency . She also held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University .
IAIA Community Loses a Key Member
August 23, 2017 was the last day of employment for Facilities Director James Mason . James and his family relocated to Indiana, to be much closer to family. James had been with IAIA for 8 years and during that time, he had an indelible impact on our campus and those who work here. Under James’ supervision, much of the campus build-out was accomplished, along with countless other projects that improved the learning and working environments of our students, faculty, and staff. 
It goes without saying that if it absolutely, positively had to get done and done right (sometimes on short notice and with little or no budget), James is the person that got the call. Like all of you, I will miss working alongside James and hearing that familiar Louisiana twang when I dial his number. 
Larry Mirabal
Chief Financial Officer
The title, far from being a play on words, demonstrates the strength, determination, and goals that the Institute of American Indian Arts has stood for since it was founded in 1962: to give impetus to the creativity and leadership of the Native American Arts through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach. Because it not only promotes artistic talent and acquired knowledge, it is necessary, to this day, to have the right tools to communicate, link, position, launch, or undertake all kinds of initiatives, including artistic ones. IAIA is one of the most prestigious institutions in the USA, and is the only College in that country dedicated to Native Arts and Culture . Its students come from almost all tribes - from the most diverse origins and latitudes - who find in IAIA a solid academic formation, pedagogical excellence, and curricular solidity to lay the foundation of their future endeavors whether in the field of art, marketing, finance, or business. IAIA has given opportunity and formation, throughout its existence, to the most renowned and prestigious artists of the contemporary panorama of the Native American Arts. That's why I found it very interesting to visit the IAIA Students & Recent Graduate Art Booth which was held on August 19 and 20, 2017 in the entrance portal of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Arts . The show was exquisite: an exhibition of talent by graduates and students of the Institute who exhibited works of great artistic value, while projecting their vision of Artists committed to their cultural background and history.
Gabriela Pirlo
Guest Contributor
Artist-in-Residence Schedule
A new group of IAIA Artists-in-Residence will be here from September 1-30, 2017. Here are some of the events they have planned:
IAIA Welcome Reception for Janice George (Squamish Nation),  Leanne Campbell  (Coeur d'Alene), and  Marlene Ann Nielsen  (Kokhanok Village)  
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
5:00pm-6:30pm in the Academic Building
Dinner will be served from 5:00pm-5:45pm, followed by a tour of the artists' studios. 
IAIA A-i-R Open Studios 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 
3:00pm-5:00pm in the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building and the Academic Building. 
Refreshments served. 
KSFR Radio Broadcast
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
KSFR Radio Station
Tune in to hear IAIA Artists-in-Residence speak about their work and their IAIA residency experience. 
Listen locally at KSFR 101.1FM or stream live at KSFR.org.  
Resilient Fibers Presentation
Saturday, September 23, 2017 
1:00pm-2:30 pm 
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
The IAIA Artists-in-Residence for the month of September are all fiber artists! Come to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art for hands-on experiences with interesting materials: wool, bark, grasses, and cured fish skin. Gain insight into techniques and materials featured in the exhibition Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art.  Janice George introduces Coast Salish weaving,  Leanne Campbell shows twining techniques used in basketry, and  Marlene Ann Nielsen  shares Alaskan fish skin as a material for clothing.
IAIA A-i-R Farewell Reception 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 
5:00pm-6:30pm Academic Building 
Please join us for dinner in the Academic Building followed by a visit to the A-i-R studios to view their accomplishments during their residency.  
All events are free and open to the public except the Radio Broadcast.
IAIA Partners With Amazon Smile
A reminder to the IAIA Community - Purchasing through IAIA's unique Amazon charity link can increase donations to the IAIA Foundation. You know that Amazon features a large variety of merchandise, including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more. The more you use the link throughout the year, the more money is donated to IAIA.
This link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0377684 , plus your Amazon account ID and password, will help the IAIA Foundation fund scholarships and provide much-needed assistance to IAIA students.
IAIA Receives Scholarship Endowment Check
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) accepts a $12,250 check from Karen and Dr. Paul Willeto (Diné) '74, center, concluding funding of an endowed scholarship honoring their daughter, Kim Denise Willeto , her artistic talents, and her love for art. Both Dr. Willeto and Karen Willeto are Arts and Humanities faculty in the Fine Arts program at Dinè College . Dr. Sherry Kelsey , left, is Chair of the IAIA Foundation Board of Directors .
Photograph by Judith Pepper
Give a Gift Today
The mission of IAIA is “to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” You can designate your gift by giving to one of the Foundation’s major funds: 

Scholarships.  Needed by more than 80% of our students to help pursue their studies at IAIA. 

Academic Programs.  IAIA needs support for visiting artists, student interns, artists in residence and innovative equipment to keep IAIA at the forefront of educational offerings. 

Student Emergency Fund.  The fund provides crucial assistance when a student has a sudden emergency with no available resources or funds. 

General Operating Support.  This helps IAIA take advantage of sudden opportunities to enhance the student experience. 

Planned Giving.  Please consider IAIA in your estate planning. 

Give right now by credit card , or call Angela Sedillo at (505) 424-5730.
Et Cetera

Et cetera contains photographs of happenings related to IAIA-be it on campus, at the IAIA Musuem of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or off-site.
Kim Moxley (Cherokee Nation) and Catelin Kawahinekoa Aiwohi (Native Hawaiian), both members of Senator Tom Udall’s staff, visited IAIA to meet with Dr. Martin and tour the campus.

IAIA Students Marcus Seymour (Acoma Pueblo) and Kiera Fox (Northern Cheyenne), attended and passed a Zumba instructor training course on Sat. Aug. 19, 2017. They are holding their certifications in the photo! They will soon be forming a Zumba club on campus. 

Sara Quimby  is our new Instruction and Reference Librarian. She will be reporting directly to Valerie Nye , Library Director. Sara joins our IAIA team with wonderful qualifications and experience. Sara was a Curatorial Assistant at the Arizona State College of Architecture and Design Visual Resources Collection and a Reference and Instruction Librarian at State University of New York Memorial Library . Her most recent position was as Information Literacy / Instruction Coordinator also at State University of New York, Cortland . Sara holds an M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Art History from University of California, Riverside .

Rosalina Albino  is our new Admissions Specialist. She will be reporting directly to Mary Silentwalker (San Felipe Pueblo/Navajo) Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Rosalina has great customer service experience and skills having worked at Nambe LLC , the RC Gorman Gallery , and most recently at the Wiford Gallery . Rosalina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Maryland

Recent IAIA graduate Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani) ’16, was profiled in the August 2017 Local Flavor magazine, along with IAIA Alumnus Kevin Red Star (Crow) ’65.

IAIA Alumnus Kevin Red Star (Crow) ‘65, and his daughter Sunny , with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and his wife, poet Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation).

IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
September 13, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Janice George, Leanne Campbell, and Martha Nielsen—Open Studio
IAIA Academic Building

September 16, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Chaos to Complexity  
MoCNA Allan Houser Art Park

September 19, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Janice George, Leanne Campbell, and Martha Nielsen—Radio Broadcast
KSFR 101.1 FM

September 23, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Resilient Fibers

September 28, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Janice George, Leanne Campbell, and Martha Nielsen—Farewell Reception
IAIA Academic Building

October 9, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Welcome Reception
IAIA Academic Building

October 17, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Radio Broadcast
KSFR 101.1 FM

October 18, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Open Studio
IAIA Academic Building

MoCNA Exhibitions

January 27, 2017–January 1, 2018

May 5, 2017–January 21, 2018

May 19, 2017–January 28, 2018

July 3–October 27

July 7, 2017–January 21, 2018

July 28, 2017–July 28, 2019
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 contact us at  by email here.

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 Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves Native and non-Native 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 photographer: Jason S. Ordaz
IAIA Radio Show

The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on Tuesdays from 4-4:30 pm, on KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. It 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 live 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: www.throughoureyes.libsyn.com