eNewsletter | September/October 2018
IAIA Annual Open House on
Thursday, November 8th
IAIA will be holding our 2018 Open House on Thursday, November 8th from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. 

The Open House will feature exhibitions and demonstrations of all types throughout the campus -- with open studios and classrooms -- plus a Bronze Pour and Glass Blowing Demonstration taking place at the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture & Foundry Building.
Honey Harris from The Big Show will be broadcasting live on KBAC 98.1 FM from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Other planed highlights of the day include:

Artist-in-Residence Open Studios
Tours of the IAIA Campus
Screenings of 360º Spherical Films in the Digital Dome
An Archery demonstration in the new Performing Arts and Fitness Building
Student Readings in the Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center
Performing Arts Student Demonstration in the Performing Arts and Fitness Center
Dances in the Dance Circle
Art Displays and Sales throughout the campus
And Much More!

Light food and refreshments provided by Bon Appétit Café .
For more information visit www.iaia.edu/openhouse .
Hailey Suina
(Cochiti Pueblo) receives $15,000 Award to Study in New Zealand

October Community Gathering

  • On October 31st, IAIA held our monthly Community Gathering. Since that’s also Halloween, many of our staff, faculty, and students were in costume. The gathering celebrated both Food Day and Native American Heritage Month. Dean Carmen Henan (Eastern Shoshone) opened the meeting with a prayer. Then Director of Land Grant Programs, Charlene Carr (Laguna Pueblo) introduced guest speaker Renee Zisman from NMSU’s Santa Fe County Extension Office, who talked to the gathering about diet. She specifically addressed everyone’s sugar intake, and informed the audience how it contributes not only to diabetes, but also to obesity and heart disease. She suggested many alternatives to sugary drinks for everyone to consider. Then Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) presented opening remarks about Native American Heritage Month in November. She then introduced some VIPs in attendance, including artist and IAIA alumnus Tony Abeyta (Navajo) ’86, our new New Fitness Center Manager Robert Orozco (Pojoaque Pueblo), recent appointee to the IAIA Foundation Board, Brad Fluetsch (Tlinglit/Haida), and our new Public Service and Cataloging Librarian Chloe Bragg. Dean Char talked about how it is always Native American Month year-round at IAIA, and she referred to the school as a “United Nations of Native Nations,” due to the fact that we have members of so many tribal nations that attend. She also talked about Native “Heroes and Sheroes,” and remarked that “We are still here not just physically but culturally and spiritually too.” The Dean also talked about the ceremony of “The Throw” and how giveaways are an import part of the culture of many of the nations, and how giving to others “Honored them.” She then shared a short film about “The Throw,” in preparation for IAIA’s Student Throw on November 14th. It was a wonderful gathering, as always.
Dean Charlene Teters Honored by University of Illinois 

Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane), who gained national attention as a student in the mid-'90s for publicly opposing U of I mascot Chief Illiniwek and other Native American sports images, was the keynote speaker at their first campus-wide celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, Oct. 8th. for more information, please click here . More information here .

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IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) along with Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), IAIA students, and noted writer and producer George R.R. Martin , announced the establishment of three scholarships for Cinematic Arts students in his name - one for $15,000 and two for $5,000 each.
Award-Winning Journalist
Jenni Monet (Laguna Pueblo) at IAIA

In collaboration with the Council of International Relations, Jenni Monet spoke on the IAIA Campus recently. Jenni, an investigative journalist from Laguna Pueblo, was arrested, strip searched, imprisoned and charged with several crimes for her reporting from the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations at Standing Rock last year. Her reporting received top journalism honors for works produced for the Center For Investigative Reporting , PBS NewsHour and Indian Country Today . Jenni is currently investigating the extreme rate at which Native American women, girls and transgender people experience violence, sexual assault and murder in the United States.

Dr. Robert Martin
GO Bond D
IAIA is seeking $800,000 in funding. To learn more:
IAIA to Screen Films in the Digital Dome as part of the
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Students, Alumni, and Faculty of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world.


MFA Quarterly Journal

Just launched! News from the IAIA MFA in Creative Writing program – published quarterly and available online. Please send any news, photos, links, or updates to Interim Director, Jennifer Foerster (Muscogee [Creek] Nation of Oklahoma). jennifer.foerster@iaia.edu.
To read the first edition go to: http://www.iaia.edu/mfaquarterlyvol1






Lemanuel Loley (Diné), ’18 was on a panel at the 21st Diné Studies Conference at Navajo Technical University on Friday, October 26th.
The panel will be to the theme of "Diné Literatures: Past and Future Perspectives of Dine Literature and Nation-Building through Writing." Other panelists will include Orlando White (Diné), ‘06; Dr. Laura Tohe; Byron Aspaas (Diné), ‘15; Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), ‘99 ; and Esther Belin. Moderator: Jake Skeets ‘18 .







Powerful poetry reading October 26 with Joaquin Zihuatanejo and James Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk) at SOMOS in Taos! Joaquin read from his award winning book: The Arsonist plus some new work. James read from his series based on the Loteria cards. It was a night of honest and inspiring works. Additionally, Joaquin read in the IAIA library on October 24th, along with Natasha Carrizosa .

Faculty Mentors:


Some more Toni Jensen news from Publishers Marketplace: "Toni Jensen's CARRY, a memoir-in-essays about the author's interactions with guns and gun violence as a Métis woman, a professor on an open-carry university campus, and the daughter of a father with a lifelong NRA membership, interweaving personal narrative with history, mapping the violence enacted on both indigenous women's bodies and indigenous land, to Elana Seplow-Jolley at Ballantine, at auction, by Julia Kardon at Hannigan Salky Getzler (NA)."





IAIA Holiday Market – Save the Date!
The 2018 Holiday Market will be held on December 15th in the Academic Building. Over 70 vendors will be selling this year, including students, alumni, and other Native Artists.
Fulbright Scholar Miguel Reyes Contreras to Teach at IAIA for Two Semesters As Part of Exchange Program With Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM)

The first faculty member to teach at IAIA as part of the exchange program with UIEM is  Miguel Reyes Contreras . He holds a  Bachelor of Arts in English Language; and an Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM). He has also completed a Diploma course in Discourse Analysis. Miguel has been the interpreter for the IAIA students who have studied at UIEM over the past 3 years.

Contreras is Mazahua - one of the indigenous groups of people of Central Mexico. Although not a native speaker, Contreras studies the language and culture of the Mazahua people. Finding a " Connection between what I've been doing at UIEM and what is done at IAIA ," drove his interest in applying, remarked Contreras.

He's been teaching since 2004 and has studied languages since 1998, including French, English, and Japanese . His primary subjects to teach are language, literature, history, linguistics, research, and translation. At Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM), he's a full-time researcher and Professor in the areas of Teaching, Translation, and Academic Research. studying indigenous languages. While at IAIA he'll be teaching Spanish Language and Mexican Culture .

Contreras hopes to bring to IAIA a renewed interest in language. He's researching a collection of sayings, proverbs, and stories from indigenous languages. "Especially proverbs," he says, "Because they reflect not only the values of the community, but also the way the language is structured." He is also interested in exploring the historical connection between indigenous people of Mexico and those of New Mexico by looking at some of the names of people and names of settlements that are common to both New Mexico and the Aztec culture. "Names," Contreras believes, "can help to gather much information about history and linguistic development." Furthermore he plans to research the bi-lingual landscape of new Mexico and the specific type of Spanish that is spoken locally and the convivence with Native languages.
Performances in the Black Box Theatre

  • Mongolian performers Anda Union appeared in the Black Box Theatre on October 19th. Their blend of musical styles from ethnic, nomadic cultures unite tribal and musical traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. Driven by their thirst to discover the power and magic of the rich and powerful Mongolian traditions and culture, they have been stunning people all over the world with their music for the last fifteen years, and the IAIA audience was certainly no different.

  • The Performing Arts department kicked-off Indigenous Day week-end with a free concert by Sihasin (Navajo for “hope”), a Native American punk rock band. Brother and sister duo, Jeneda and Clayson Benally (Diné) performed with their father, the legendary Jones Benally (Diné) who continues to perform at the age of 90 +. A surprise guest appearance was made by Robert Tree Cody (Salt River Pima-Maricopa) on flute. On Indigenous Day, the house was brought down by Gary Farmer (Haudenosaunee/Iroquois) & the Troublemakers featuring First Nations two-time JUNO award winner, Derek Miller (Six Nations of the Grand River) and a special guest performance by IAIA alumni and former faculty member, Bruce King (Oneida) ‘84.

Give a Gift Today
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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 James Rutherford at (505) 424-2310.
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.







Moira Garcia ‘13 and former Adjunct Professor will have a solo exhibition of lithographs of the Tonalpohualli (Mesoamerican calendar) on view at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery. The exhibit will open on November 11, 2018 with a reception, artist talk, and pop-up on December 16, 2018.



IAIA contingent at 2018 ATALM 


Chloe Bragg is our new Public Services and Cataloging Librarian!

Jacquelyn Gutierrez (Santa Clara Pueblo) is our newly-hired Prevention Project Assistant for Student Life,  who will be working with the Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) program located at the CSL, near the cafeteria & bookstore. 
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings
Thu, November 8, 2:00 pm–6:00 pm

Fri, November 16, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Wed, November 28, 10:30 am–11:30 

Sat, December 15, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Mon, January 1, 2018–Sat, August 10, 2019

View Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019

January 9, 2018–January 27, 2019

June 4–October 29, 2018

August 16, 2018–January 27, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 2019

August 16, 2018–February 16, 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