eNewsletter | October/November 2020
2020 Virtual Open House
Virtual Holiday Market
Native American Heritage Month
November Town Hall Meeting
Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) '68 to Serve Rare Third Term as U.S. Poet Laureate
Harjo Tulsa Artist Fellowship
Harjo Keynote
Rico Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan) Designs Stamp for U.S. Postal Service

Amber Morningstar Byars (Oklahoma Choctaw) '18 in Tribal College Journal

Byars Receives Judicial Clerkship for the
Supreme Court of New Mexico for Summer 2021
photo by Amanda Cheromiah Photography

Working in collaboration with the New Mexico Supreme Court, Young Lawyers Division and the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, we were proud to create and launch the Judicial Clerkship Program. Congratulations to the rising 2L students who will participate in the program and receive a summer stipend. They will partner with a member of the YLD for mentorship, participate in a professional development boot camp, and work closely with a Supreme Court Justice and a judge from the Court of Appeals.

Amber was also recently elected the President of the Native American Law Students Association at the University of Arizona.

IAIA Partners With Amazon Smile

A reminder to the IAIA Community - Purchasing your holiday gifts and other items 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.

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika) in
Santa Fe Reporter

Chris Eyre
(Cheyenne/Arapaho) Panel

IAIA Community Members in "Decolonize Your Thanksgiving Table"

MoCNA Virtual Museum

In adherence to the Governor's latest public health order, MoCNA will be closed November 16th through December 1st, 2020.

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts virtual museum can be enjoyed via Matterport. This VR experience is a replica of our physical museum located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The virtual museum was co-created by our Senior Museum Education Manager, Winoka Yepa (Diné), and Photographer Lisa Hinson of 5D Media, who provided the high-resolution photographs used for this VR experience.

For more information and updates about MoCNA public programming, please visit our website and our Facebook page.

Making History: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Available now at the MoCNA Store, Making History: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (2020), exposes the central role of the Institute of American Indian Arts as an epicenter of the dynamic and under-studied contemporary Native Arts movement (1962 to present). This unique resource not only guides educators and the public in how to interpret key interpretative American Indian art themes such as the body, dance, and visual icons using Indigenous methodologies, it also charts contemporary Native arts origins, drawing from the wisdom of our elders, artists, poets and educators.

Making History features poetry by Alex Jacobs (Mohawk) and Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), and original essays by David Wade Chambers, Charles A. Dailey, Lara M. Evans (Cherokee), Stephen C. Fadden (Mohawk), Ryan S. Flahive, Suzanne Newman Fricke, Alex Jacobs (Mohawk), Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Hopi/Choctaw), Robert Martin (Cherokee), Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache), Patsy Phillips (Cherokee), John Paul Rangel (Mestizo, Apache, Navajo, Spanish descent), Jessie Ryker-Crawford (White Earth Chippewa), and David Warren (Santa Clara Pueblo). This valuable resource contains two-hundred works of art, many that have never been photographed or circulated prior, and twenty-four archival photographs from IAIA’s nearly sixty-year history.

To purchase, please visit the MoCNA Store, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, by phone at (505) 983-8900, or purchase online by clicking here.
IAIA Store Sale Nov. 27–Dec. 6 25% Discount and Free Shipping
Luci Tapahonso
Layli Long Soldier
(Oglala Lakota)

Students, Alumni, and Mentors of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world. Click on the red headlines below for the story.
IAIA MFA Community in
"Celebrating Native Women Writers"

Current MFA Mentors
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. 

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Give right now by credit card, or contact Sandra Narvaez, Advancement Services Manager,
505.424.2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings in the IAIA Community - be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or elsewhere.

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Please welcome Tiana Finney to IAIA! She is Chickasaw, and graduated from IAIA’s creative writing program in 2010. Since earning a MLIS from the University of Washington, she has worked in a bookstore, a public library, and in academic libraries.
We are very happy to have Tiana here!
Sara Quimby, MA, MLIS 
Library Director

Dear IAIA Community,
I recently received the sad news of the passing of Nathan Romero, Cochiti Pueblo, who attended IAIA from 2007 to 2011. I always enjoyed interacting with Nathan because he always was positive, upbeat and smiling, which never failed to brightened my day. Please keep Nathan, his family and friends in your prayers.  We will send a memorial plant to his home.
My condolences to his family,
Dr. Martin
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Mon, November 2–Mon, November 30

Mon, November 23, 2020–Tue, January 4, 2022

MoCNA Exhibitions

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Thu, February 13–Sun, January 3, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, March 28, 2021

Thu, June 4, 2020–Sun, January 24, 2021
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 the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at www.iaia.edu.

Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer:
Eric Davis

Contributing photographer: Jason S. Ordaz

Contributing editor:
Nicole Lawe (Karuk)
IAIA Radio Show
The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00-6:30 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