eNewsletter | November/December 2017
JoAnn and Bob Balzer Alumni Gallery Opens in the IAIA Performing Arts and Fitness Building
As part of the dedication of the new Performing Arts and Fitness building, the  JoAnn and Bob Balzer Alumni Gallery launched its inaugural exhibition. The gallery, dedicated to showcasing IAIA Alumni Artwork, opened with an exhibition featuring paintings, prints, and photography from the personal collection of Bob and JoAnn Balzer . JoAnn has been a member of the IAIA Board of Trustees since 2010. The Balzers literally removed these works from the walls of their home, and have loaned them to IAIA for the building’s opening and to exhibit through 2018.
The artworks include:
Shonto Begay (Navajo) ’76- Terra Constellation and Mercedes Benz, 1993; Steve Deo (Creek, Euchee) ’92- Untitled, 1991; David Bradley (Chippewa, Ojibway) ’79- A Warrior’s Journey to the Spirit World, 1994; Penny Singer (Navajo) ’96- Betty & Sisters B-Day Party, 1995; Charlene Teters (Spokane) ’86- Untitled, 1970; Doug Hyde (Nez Perce) ’64- Untitled, 1992; Tony Abeyta (Navajo) ’86 and Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) '89- Untitled, 1992; Peterson Yazzie (Navajo) ’05- Beyond Despair, 2004; Peterson Yazzie (Navajo) ’05- Untitled, ND
IAIA Launches Year-End Appeal
IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper (Choctaw), announced the launch of IAIA's 2017 Year-End Fund Drive. "As school programs and enrollment grows so does the need for more student scholarships. We awarded over $1 million to 567 students in 2017. That's more than 80% of our students receiving critically-needed scholarships and almost all the funds came from the generous support of private donors," remarked Pepper when announcing the launch.
IAIA is asking members of the public to consider joining IAIA's family of donors to help remove the financial worries that impact many of the students, so they can better focus on their class work. Studies have shown that the more financial aid a student receives, the more likely they will succeed. Scholarships make it possible for students to graduate from IAIA virtually debt free, which helps them establish themselves in their chosen livelihood right after graduation.
Noted long-time Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin , Writer and Co-Executive Producer of the popular TV series Game of Thrones , along with his non-profit Stagecoach Foundation , have partnered with IAIA to help raise awareness of the school and its students. In a promotional video, which can be seen here , Martin expresses "IAIA...has an incredible program for...students to educate them in film, television, music, dance, and arts...Won't you join me in helping to support IAIA with your donations...we'd all be very grateful."
Native American Heritage Month
The Native American Heritage Planning Committee put together a variety of activities to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. The purpose of the committee is to provide education and awareness throughout the year focusing on Indigenous Heritage. The committee is developing an IAIA cultural calendar in cooperation with other IAIA departments and staff in an effort to provide more activities for years to come.
To kick-off IAIA’s celebration of the 2017 Native Heritage Month, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) gathered on the Dance Circle with IAIA staff members Toby Martinez , Bert Candelaria (Pueblo de Cochiti), Alvin Sandoval (Navajo), Charlene Carr (Laguna Pueblo), Stephanie Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo), and Teresa Quintana . Corn was presented to Dr. Martin for his support and the remarks he gave during the opening Native American Heritage Month activities. The corn was grow n in the IAIA USDA Gardens by IAIA staff and students . Corn is significant to many Indigenous cultures, representing life.
Terese Mailhot Signed to Agency  
  IAIA Alumna and MFA Mentor Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) has been signed Hollywood film agency The Sanford Ehrlich Company to represent her works to the film industry. Congratulations!

People are talking about her soon-to-be-released memoir Heart Berries , coming in February from Counterpoint (U.S.) and Doubleday Canada, including Roxane Gay , author of Hunger, Pam Houston , author of Contents May Have Shifted, Lidia Yuknavitch , author of The Book of Joan, The Chronology of Water and The Small Backs of Children, Eden Robinson (Haisla), Toni Jensen (Metís), author of From the Hilltop, and Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) , author of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. Her book is also listed as one of the Best Books of Winter by Elle.com.
IAIA Grab Day

As part of IAIA’s Native Heritage Month Celebration , the school held a Grab Day , giving students an opportunity to fill their cupboards with some goodies during the holidays! The symbolic Grab was held Nov. 21 st at noon in the Dance Circle. It was put together by the Native American Heritage Committee and Charlene Carr (Pueblo of Laguna), Director, Land Grant Programs, to honor students for their hard work and give back to them during this month of giving and in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. This tradition stems from local Pueblo core cultural values of generosity, giving, and contemporary Western Cultures. Villages annually throw water, food, and household items from rooftops to the people below.
Stunt Performer Speaks at IAIA
Stunt Performer/Coordinator, Blake Pocquette (Cherokee) visited IAIA to talk with Peter Kershaw’s  Cine 350 Directing students on Friday, November 3rd. This was a rare chance to hear first-hand about the professional work of a Native film stunt coordinator. Hosted by Cinematic Arts and Technology Chair James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), the conversation took place in the IAIA auditorium. Pocquette is from Tahlequah Oklahoma, the heart of the Cherokee Nation, and now lives just outside of Los Angeles. He grew up riding horses and around rodeo livestock and started riding bulls at the age of 15. He got his start in the Entertainment business performing Wild West Show stunts at Disneyland Paris at the age of 23. Pocquette also got more live show experience performing at Medieval themed shows where he was responsible for training and fight coordinating. Blake has had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented Stunt Coordinators in the business and doubled actors Nicholas Brendan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Adam Beach (Saulteaux), (Hostiles, Cowboys and Aliens).
Rock Your Mocs at the NM State Capitol
As part of Native American Heritage Month, the IAIA Performing Arts Department performed a puppet show during the Rock Your Mocs event held at the New Mexico State Capitol, under the direction of Sheila Rocha (Tarasco), Chair, IAIA Performing Arts Department.
The participants included:
Sky Duncan (San Carlos Apache),
Jazmin Novak (Navajo Nation),
Jedadiah Richards (Oglala Lakota Sioux), Sherina J. Martinez (Mescalero Apache),
Nathan Gilpin ,
Jesse Antoine Short Bull (Oglala Lakota Sioux),
Carey Powers ,
Joseph Newman (Navajo Nation),
Bryson Runs Above Meyers (Chippewa Cree),
Alexander Dalen (Navajo Nation),
Littlebear Sanchez (Apache), and
Joshua Dixon (Navajo Nation) .
Guido Lambelet from Bon Appetit Café nominated for Edible Local Hero Awards 2018
The Local Hero Awards recognize the hard work that food, beverage, and farming organizations and businesses have put into championing farm fresh, locally-produced food in New Mexico. Anyone who has ever eaten at Bon Appetit Café here at IAIA knows what a wonderful job Guido and his staff do. Best of luck to him!
IAIA A-i-R Artists Visit Museum
A great artist talk and mini freeze fashion show took place on November 2 nd at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, featuring IAIA A-i-R artists Ryan Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes), Erica Lord (Athabaskan), and Peter Williams (Yup’ik). Williams showed his new Alaskan fur designs and accessories that he created during his IAIA artist residency.
IAIA Students Named SITE Scholars
The SITE Scholar Program is an initiative to honor college and graduate level creative students in the community. Founded with the goal to increase student participation in the museum and contemporary art world, this program enables students to enrich their educational experience. Comprised of top students from The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, St John’s College , and Highlands University , these nominated students are recognized by SITE Santa Fe as high achieving leaders within their schools. The students selected for the SITE Scholar program are given opportunities to network and work on projects that help them transition from student to professional artist. Additionally, the students are presented with a membership card that gives these students free access to SITE’s programs as well as membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program and the Modern/Contemporary Membership program, both of which offer complimentary admission to most art museums nationwide. Congratulations to IAIA students Haley English (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Dominic Knight (Navajo Nation), Mia Olson (Muscogee Creek), and Aaron “Arrow” Yazzie (Navajo) for being included in the 2017-2018 group of SITE Scholars.

Partially taken from the SITE Santa Fe Website
Eden Robinson awarded $50K Writers' Trust of Canada Fellowship
The Writers’ Trust of Canada named IAIA MFA Mentor Eden Robinson (Haisla) the third recipient of the Writers’ Trust Fellowship. Intended to free writers substantially from financial concerns and provide a window in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, the Writers’ Trust Fellowship comes with an award of $50,000. As part of the fellowship, Robinson will also attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Originally conceived as a three-year initiative to distribute $150,000 to Canadian writers by 2017, the Writers’ Trust Fellowship will now continue as an annual program. The unrestricted Fellowship is awarded to a writer who has demonstrated exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date.

“I’m deeply honoured and humbled to be chosen for the third Writers’ Trust Fellowship,” said Eden Robinson . “The jury’s faith in my career means the world to me and I plan to take this opportunity to write my heart out. Much gratitude and love.”

Eden Robinson is the author of the novels Traplines, Monkey Beach, and Son of a Trickster . She is also currently a finalist for Canada's richest literary prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, for Son of a Trickster
Partially taken from the Writers Trust of Canada Website
Student Films Screened at IAIA
The Cinematic Arts program screened student films produced during the Fall 2017 semester on Thursday, December 7 th in the LTC auditorium. This particular screening is notable because it featured the first batch of films shot with the newly acquired RED camera, an industry standard piece of equipment used by many Hollywood films. “Our student films will look better than they ever have before,” says Department Chair James Lujan (Taos Pueblo). "That’s why our program’s emphasis on meaningful storytelling will become even more important."
IAIA Alumna Layli Long Soldier Nominated for Prestigious Poetry Prize
Layli Long Soldier’s (Oglala Lakota) ’09, debut collection of poems in her book WHEREAS was nominated for the prestigious National Book Award in the poetry category.
Jon Davis , Long Soldier’s former poetry instructor and director of the Low Residency Master of Fine Arts program at IAIA, the nomination of WHEREAS is significant from a historical standpoint. “Layli is exploring history on the level of the damage hidden by and enforced by bureaucratic language,” he said. “She’s also looking at history from an indigenous perspective. Many progressives were appalled at Trump’s win, but for an indigenous person, history has not been a series of better and worse administrations, but a series of worse and worser.”
In her life and work, Long Soldier said she both embraces and probes her mixed racial identity. In a recent Facebook post, she wrote, “My mother is Non-Native/Anglo. My father is Oglala Lakota. I am a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation — and in this dual citizenship, I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.”
IAIA Alumna Razelle Benally sweeps the New Mexico Film Foundation 2017 Student Filmmaker Showcase
Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota), a 2017 BFA graduate of the Cinematic Arts program, won four awards, including the top award, at the Second Annual New Mexico Film Foundation Student Filmmakers Showcase for her senior thesis project, Raven . The short competed against work from other college and university film programs around the state. At the November 18th screening held at the Violet Crown in Santa Fe, she was recognized with awards for Best Overall Film , Best Narrative Film , Best Editing , and Best Original Music . “It is a huge honor,” Razelle said, “and I’m glad I can take home another award for my last film made at IAIA.”
2017 IAIA Winter Readers Gathering
The IAIA Winter Readers Gathering this year runs January 6th through the 13th, with public readings and film screenings every evening in the IAIA Auditorium. Readers/presenters include visiting writers Justin Torres , Sterling HolyWhiteMountain (Blackfeet), Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), Cherie Dimaline (Métis), and M.L. Smoker (Assiniboine/Sioux), along with MFA Director Jon Davis and faculty mentors Ramona Ausubel, Marie-Helene Bertino, Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Muscogee), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Sydney Freeland (Diné), Pam Houston, Toni Jensen (Métis), Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), Chip Livingston (Creek), Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band), Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), Derek Palacio, Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca), Ismet Prcic, James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), and Ken White . The schedule of readings will be posted at www.iaia.edu/happenings when finalized.
IAIA Receives Award from AICF
Dean of Students Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone) has announced that IAIA has received a $5,000 award from the American Indian College Fund (AICF) for a student-led LGBTQ project. The project, “IAIA Pride Week” is scheduled for February 26-March 2, 2018. This will be an event with different themes every day, including history, education, and celebration.
November Community Gathering
The IAIA Community Gathering in November was a busy one, featuring special Guest Freddie Armijo the former governor of Santa Ana Pueblo. Attendees were entertained by dancers from Bernalio area middle schools and High School. IAIA student Jonathan Loretto discussed his recent trip to Documenta in Kassel Germany, where he was accompanied by IAIA Alumna Carmen Selam (Yakama) and members of the IAIA Studio Arts Department and Museum Staff, including Chief curator Manuela Well-Off-Man , Associate Dean Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation), student James Rutherford, and Museum Director Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation). The audience was also treated to a presentation on the last Venice Biennale by Greg Ballenger (Navajo ) and Jacqueline Berg.
Running Strong Announces Fourth Year of $10K Dreamstarter Awards
Our friends at Running Strong for American Indian Youth have just opened applications for the fourth year of the Dreamstarter grant program. The program jumpstarts Native youth’s dreams by providing ten $10,000 grants to teams of Native youth and mentor organizations that work together to bring the young person’s dream project to life. Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 grant period for projects around the theme of science and the environment. This is a terrific opportunity to grow leadership skills, get support for a dream project, and join a prestigious network of Dreamstarter fellows. American Indian youth between ages 14 and 29 are encouraged to apply . More information, including eligibility requirements, can be found at indianyouth.org.
December Community Gathering
The December Community Gathering occurred on December 6th. Alvin Sandoval (Navajo) started us off with a prayer. Nocona Burgess (Comanche) shared information about the upcoming 2018 AIHEC Student Conference in March in Bismark, ND, and Charlene Carr (Pueblo of Laguna) presented the Land Grant Student Researcher Posters. Plus, a wonderrful meal was had by all thanks to Guido Lambelet and the folks at Bon Apetit !
IAIA MFA Mentor Named Editor of TCJ Student
Author, scholar, poet, and IAIA MFA Mentor Dr. Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe) will serve as guest editor for the 2018 edition of TCJ Student . Blaeser is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and grew up on the White Earth reservation. She is the author of three poetry collections—most recently, Apprenticed to Justice . Blaeser is also a professor of creative writing and Native American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee . She was named the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-2016 and is a board member of that state’s Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
Tribal College Journal is currently soliciting short stories, poetry, memoirs, artwork, and short films from tribal college students for the contest. The winners will be awarded prizes and will be published in the 2018 edition of TCJ Student and online at TCJStudent.org. The deadline for writing submissions is February 9, 2018. The deadline for art and film submissions is March 16, 2018. For contest guidelines and the official entry form, visit: www.tcjstudent.org/contest.
Mary Silentwalker Receives Scholarship
Congratulations to Mary Silentwalker (San Felipe Pueblo/Navajo), IAIA Director of Admissions, who is one of the winners of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Institute Scholarship. Mary has 14 years of experience in higher education and has a sincere passion to provide higher education opportunities to American Indian communities. Previously, Mary has worked in various areas of student affairs and support for large public universities to non-profit community education programs. She earned her Baccalaureate Degree from Arizona State University and possesses a Master’s Degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education. With her experience, Mary is excited to continue growing as a leader in education to further empower students to be successful in their educational journey.
Holiday Market 2017
The 2017 Holiday Market was a great success with 70 artists showing and selling their work, including 29 students and 24 alumni. The word has been getting out about the market and it showed this year with a high turnout of customers, patrons and community members. Stay tuned for next year’s Holiday Market! Click here to see a Facebook album of the event.
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.

IAIA Alumna, and new member of the Board of Directors of the IAIA Foundation, Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) ‘96, is featured in the current Ornament Magazine. To see the article, click here .

IAIA Low Rez MFA grad Jennifer Love just won the Santa Fe Reporter’s Writing Contest, First Place in Nonfiction with her piece "Origin Story." You can read it here.

The official Trailer for Kills Last, written and directed by Lauren Monroe (Blackfeet), current IAIA MFA screenwriting student, was recently debuted. Check out the article in TCJ to learn more here .

Congratulations to Tacey Atsitty (Diné) ’09, an alum of the IAIA BFA Creative Writing program, whose first book, Rain Scald , will be published in February by the University of New Mexico Press.

James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), Department Chair of Cinematic Arts & Technology, was invited by the 4th annual Pueblo Film Festival to present a workshop on “How to Write Your Own Screenplay.” The workshop was held on November 18 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.  Said James, “It’s important for Native people to tell their own stories and know how to tell them meaningfully.” In addition, because of his experience with film curriculum, James was asked and agreed to serve on an Academic Program Review team to evaluate the film department at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and his wife Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation) at the IAIA Museum’s Pop-Up Show with artists Melanie Yazzie (Diné) and Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Diné/Picuris Pueblo).

Congratulations to IAIA Low Rez in Creative Writing Program alumna and program videographer, Ramona Emerson (Diné) ‘15, whose film The Mayors of Shiprock won the Best Documentary Award at the 2017 LA Skins Fest .

IAIA Low Rez MFA in Creative Writing Mentor Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq) spoke at the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, participating in a panel on Arctic Identities with Niillas Holmberg , Sámi poet, musician, actor, and activist; Rosa Liksom , Finnish author and artist; Anna Stammler-Gossmann , anthropologist and researcher with the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland; Sardaana Savvina , producer, promoter of Sakha cinema, and film scholar; and panel Chair Liisa Holmberg , Rector of the Sámi Education Institute .

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) is shown with members of the IAIA and construction staffs breaking in the nets on the basketball court in the new Performing Arts and Fitness Building.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) and his wife Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation) with JoAnne Shenandoah (Iroquois) after her performance at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts On December 9th.

Publishers Weekly named IAIA MFA Alumnus Tommy Orange's (Cheyenne/Arapaho) debut novel There There as one of their Top Ten Literary Fiction Books for 2018.

Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca), IAIA Low Rez MFA in Creative Writing Mentor was a panelist at the Indigenous Comic Con , recently held in Albuquerque. Pensoneau spoke on a panels discussing the Horror genre and how to overcome writer’s block. IAIA student Dezbah Evans (Navajo Nation) also spoke in a presentation on Cosplay.

Dr. Jonah Winn-Lenetsky has joined the IAIA Performing Arts Department. Originally from Santa Fe, he has a PhD and Master's Degree in Theatre from the University of Minnesota . His dissertation titled “Common Ground” looks at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class, in the street performance work of queer activist groups in the UK and Palestine. He is also an actor and director whose plays have been produced throughout the US and internationally. Most recently his collaborative productions have examined community-based cultural issues in Northern New Mexico with “Voices from Israel and Palestine,” which looked at the similarities and differences between life in the Middle-East and in the Southwest and “12 Switches,” a performance that celebrated lowrider culture. This spring he will be teaching Improvisation, Devised Performance I and Dance Fundamentals .
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
December 22–January 1
IAIA Campus closed for Holiday Break

January 6–13
Winter Readers Gathering

January 8–12
New Student Orientation Week

January 16
Spring 2018 Semester begins

MoCNA Exhibitions

January 27, 2017–January 1, 2018

May 5, 2017–January 21, 2018

May 19, 2017–January 28, 2018

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
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 is committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities. IAIA is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at www.iaia.edu .

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