March 3-4, 2016

The Institute for American Indian Research and Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies
Present the



The Institute for American Indian Research, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, & Native American Studies
Present the

16th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference

For the full schedule, please CLICK HERE or on the poster image above.




The Institute for American Indian Research and
the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies
Present the

Indigenous Book Festival 2014

For the full schedule, please CLICK HERE or on the poster image above.


The Institute for American Indian Research
Colloquium Series
2013 Spring semester presentation

Thursday April 18, 2013
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Waters Room--Zimmerman Library

Dr. Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
Department of American Studies
University of North Carolina


Circulating Silver:  Exchange and Metalwork in the Southern Plains, 1800-1930
This presentation argues that in the Southern Plains silverwork was deeply associated with trade and exchange in the region, and its use made it an ideal medium to circulate images associated with the Native American Church, a major intertribal movement.  Kiowa silversmiths transformed coins into jewelry emphasizing Kiowa systems of value and their own social and economic networks.   Narratives about silver work and individuals who made and wore it reveal that Kiowas and others maintained and expanded intertribal networks despite federal Indian policies that strove to acculturate and contain American Indian people within discrete reservations.


The Institute for American Indian Research
Colloquium Series
2012 Fall semester presentation – November 29, 2012

3:30-5:00 p.m. Waters Room, Zimmerman Library

Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie

Young Indigenous Men and Women in Post 9/11 Native America: The Pursuit of Wellness, Professional Growth, Education, and Decolonization

Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) in the College of Education from the University of New Mexico. She is the Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Post Doctoral Diversity Fellow and an adjunct faculty member in Native American Studies.

Abstract: Native youth in the United States experienced an era of heightened global military conflict after the tragedy of 9.11.2001 struck the world. As Indigenous students throughout southwestern Native America sought to obtain and sustain a holistic sense of wellness upon graduation from high school, the opportunities presented in higher education and the military intertwined for many. The stories of ten such Native men and women demonstrate the tenacity, perseverance, and heart of youth striving to maintain a balance of wellness and growth. Through their experiences, these young men and women identified how their lives intersected with forces of colonization and structures of racism. The work presented will highlight the motivating factors behind the decisions and successes of the participants.

For more information, contact Dr. Lloyd L. Lee at or 505-277-1822.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:30 pm

A free screening of the film
Beyond the Mesas
With producer and professor
Dr. Matt Sakiestewa Gilbert
at UNM’s Hibben Center Room 105
The screening will be followed
by a short reception.

Beyond the Mesas is a documentary film on the removal of Hopis to on and off- reservation boarding schools and their experiences at the schools. Topics covered in the film include Hopi understandings of education, early U.S. government attempts to assimilate Hopis, the Orayvi Split, Hopi language loss, and the future of the Hopi people. Produced with the cooperation and involvement of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office in Kykotsmovi, Arizona.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is enrolled with the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Moencopi in northeastern Arizona. He is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies & History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For information or directions, contact Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill,

This event is co-sponsored in cooperation with UNM’s IFAIR (Institute for American Indian Research), the Department of History, and the Maxwell Museum



The Institute for American Indian Research and
the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies
Invite You to the

Indigenous Book Festival 2012

For the full schedule, please CLICK HERE or on the poster image above.


Thursday April 14, 2011

Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group (NASIRG) and the Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR) presents

An Indigenous Book Talk by
Dr. Myla Vicenti Carpio (Jicarilla Apache, Laguna & Isleta Pueblo)
Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University

Noon-1:00 p.m. "The Gathering Place" INLP Zimmerman Library Rm. 226
4:00-6:00 p.m. SUB Luminara room. Book will be sold at the late afternoon talk

“Some 30,000 American Indians call Albuquerque, New Mexico, home, and twelve Native nations, mostly Pueblo, live within a fifty-mile radius of it. Yet no study until now has focused on the complexities of American Indian experience in the state's largest city. Indigenous Albuquerque examines the dilemmas confronting Indians as a result of a colonized past--and present--and the relationship between the city of Albuquerque and its Native residents.”




The Institute For American Indian Research (IFAIR)
Colloquium Series Presentation

Thursday April 7, 2011 in the SUB Lobo A & B. 8:30am - 1:00pm

Native American Studies in conjunction with IFAIR and NASIRG will be holding the annual
Viola F. Cordova Memorial Symposium

The focus of the symposium will be Native American student presentations on specific Indigenous topics, issues, or concerns.

8:30 am - 9:00 am Invocation & Welcome by Dr. Greg Cajete

9:00 am - 12:00 Noon Student Presentations

12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Luncheon

Everyone is welcome!



The Institute For American Indian Research (IFAIR)
Colloquium Series Presentation

March 30, 2011 — 12:00 pm -1:30 pm

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD.

“Rebuilding Our Nations through Healing Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief”

“The Gathering Place” Indigenous Nations Library Program Rm. 226-Zimmerman Library

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Ph.D. (Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota) is President of the Takini Institute. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of Native American and Disparities Research at the University of New Mexico in the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health.



February 23, 2011 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

The Institute For American Indian Research (IFAIR)
Colloquium Series Presentation

Jessica R. Metcalfe, PhD.

jessica metcalfeNative Designers of High Fashion: Expressing Identity, Creativity, and Tradition in Contemporary Clothing Design

“The Gathering Place” Indigenous Nations Library Program Rm. 226-Zimmerman Library

Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. She has served as managing editor to Red Ink Magazine, and has taught courses in Native studies, studio art, art history, and literature.

For more information: phone 277-1822 | e-mail:



“Claiming the Word” Indigenous Book Festival download full agenda

University of New Mexico

Thursday November 18, 2010

Welcome Addresses – 9:00 am-9:30 am

Suzanne Ortega Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Felipé Gonzales, Professor of Sociology, Senior Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences

Lloyd L. Lee (Diné), Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, IFAIR Acting Director

SUB Ballroom C

Opening Panel “Claiming the Word” – 9:45 am-11:45 am

Gregory Cajete (Santa Clara Pueblo), Ph.D., Associate Professor in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural
Studies, College of Education
Director of Native American Studies
University of New Mexico

Beverly Singer (Santa Clara/Diné) Ph.D., Associate Professor of Native American Studies and Anthropology
University of New Mexico

Jace Weaver (Cherokee), Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion
Director of the Institute of Native American Studies
University of Georgia

John Byram, Director of University of New Mexico Press, University of New Mexico

SUB Ballroom C

Keynote Luncheon Address – 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo)
“We are still here, we won’t disappear, and more of us are on the way“
SUB Ballroom B

Presentations – 2:00 pm-3:15 pm

Jennifer Denetdale (Diné), Ph.D. — SUB Isleta Room
“Critical Native Studies in American Studies” —Moderator Jesse Alemán, Associate Professor, English Department

Matt Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), Ph.D. — SUB Mirage Room NAS
“Education beyond the Mesas - A Reading from the Introduction” — Moderator Glenabah Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) — Mesa Vista Hall Rm. 3080
Climbing the Song's Hair: A reading and brief discussion with Sherwin Bitsui" —
Moderator Matthew Hofer, Assistant Professor, English Department

3:15 pm-3:45 pm

Book Signing, Meet the Authors
SUB Navajo Lounge

Presentations – 3:45 pm-5:00 pm

Maria Williams (Tlingit), Ph.D. — SUB Isleta Room
“New Voices, New Perspectives: Alaska Native Expressions of Identity” — Moderator Tiffany Lee, Assistant Professor, Native American Studies

Sara Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) — NAS Mesa Vista Hall Rm. 3080
“Blood Light Medicine: The Power of Neo-Indigenous Southwestern Literature for the New Century” — Moderator Kyle Fiore, Visiting Lecturer, English Department

Ann Massmann (Algonquin) — Zimmerman Library: Waters Room
“Claiming the Word: Conducting Archival Research in North America” — Moderator Kadeshia Matthews, Assistant Professor, English Department

Don James (Diné) — SUB Mirage Room
“One Nation, One Year” — Moderator Cathleen Cahill, Assistant Professor, History Department

5:00 pm-5:30 pm

Book Signing, Meet the Authors
SUB Navajo Lounge

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo)
Reading – Sponsored by UNM English Department
Creative Writing Program and Bookworks
Woodward Lecture Hall

Friday November 19, 2010

7:45 am- 9:00 am

Breakfast with the Authors
SUB Ballroom C

Presentations – 9:00 am-10:15 am

Evelina Zuni Lucero (Isleta/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) — SUB Isleta Room
“Stories Reborn: The Intersection of Myth, History and the Imagination” — Moderator Colleen Cummins, M.A. student, English Department

James Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk) — SUB Mirage Room
“Iah Enionkwatewennahton’se: We Will Not Lose our Words” — Moderator Kathleen Washburn, Assistant Professor, English Department

Glenabah Martinez (Taos Pueblo/ Diné), Ph.D. — NAS Mesa Vista Hall Rm. 3080
“Native Pride: The Politics of Curriculum and Instruction in an Urban High School” — Moderator Melina Vizcaino-Alemán, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department

10:15 am-10:45 am

Book Signing, Meet the Authors
SUB Navajo Lounge

Presentations –10:45 am-12:00 pm

Esther Belin (Diné) — SUB Isleta Room
“Border Crossings and Checkerboard Indians” — Moderator Loyola Bird, Ph.D. candidate, English Department

Laura Tohe (Diné), Ph.D. — SUB Mirage Room
“Poems and stories of Jini: Works in decolonization” — Moderator Greg Martin, Associate Professor, English Department

IAIA-Creative Writing StudentsNAS Mesa Vista Hall Rm. 3080
Chee Brossy (Diné), Paige Buffington (Diné), Ungelbah Davila (Diné),
Jamie Figueroa (Tiano/Afro- Caribbean/Spanish), Monty Little (Diné)
“Defying Definition: Students of the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program” —
Moderator Mary Alice Tsosie, Indigenous Nations Library Program/University Libraries

12:00 pm-12:30 pm

Book Signing, Meet the Authors
SUB Navajo Lounge

12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Fundraiser Luncheon hosted by the KIVA Club
NAS Mesa Vista Hall Rm. 3080

1:30 pm- 3:00 pm

Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
“Crazy Brave, Looking for a Vision”
Creative Presentation — Moderator David Dunaway, Professor, English Department
SUB Ballroom C

3:30 pm-6:00 pm

Film Screening sponsored by NASIRG (Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group)
“Horse You See” & trailer of “Red Run Walk, a Navajo Sheep Dog” by Melissa Henry (Diné)
“Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii “ by Anne Keala Kelly (Kanaka Maoli)
FREE and Open to the Public –
SUB Theatre


All of these individuals, organizations and businesses worked tirelessly to put together a dynamic Indigenous Book Festival. We are very grateful to all the businesses, especially the University of New Mexico, the volunteers, the moderators, and anyone else who lend a hand during the two days.
IFAIR Executive Board
Lloyd Lee, Ph.D., Mary Alice Tsosie, Kathleen Washburn, Ph.D., Kamilla Venner, Ph.D., Steve Verney, Ph.D., Beverly Singer, Ph.D., JoNella Vasquez
Artists and Filmmakers
Patrick Willink, Debra Bennett, Melissa Henry, Anne Keala Kelly, Tom Mark, Xuxua Garnenez, Derek Davis, Robert Manygoats
The Authors and Presenters
Esther Belin, Sherwin Bitsui, John Byram, Greg Cajete, Jennifer Denetdale, Matt Sakiestewa Filbert, Don James, Evelina Zuni Lucero, Glenabah Martinez, Ann Massmann, Sara Ortiz, Beverly Singer, James Thomas Stevens, Laura Tohe, Jace Weaver, Maria Williams
IAIA Creative Writing Students
Chee Brossy, Paige Buffington, Ungelbah Davila, Jamie Figueroa, Monty Little
UNM Programs, Students and Organizations
Native American Studies, Delia Halona
Indigenous Nations Library Program, Paulita Aguilar, Santana Chavez, Flora Gus, Callista John, Matt Shoulders
Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group (NASIRG)
Kiva Club
University of New Mexico Bookstore
The Printed Image, Sue Jordan
Zia Graphics, Ron Hill, Ann McKinney
Albuquerque American Indian Chamber of Commerce
Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau
Albuquerque Journal
University of New Mexico Press
University of New Mexico Copy Center
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


The following is a listing of our conference held in April 2008. Please stay tuned for more events and announcements.

Thursday, April 3 to Friday, April 4, 2008
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

"Planting Seeds of Our Research"

This conference is jointly sponsored by the Institute for American Indian Research under the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Native American Studies, Society of Native American Graduate Students, Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group, and the Indigenous Nations Library Program.

Download the schedule below in (pdf) format: >>Click Here<<

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 3, 2008
OPENING SESSION - 2:00pm Welcome - UNM Dane Smith Hall 120

What is Indigenous Self-Determination in Education?
Kara Bobroff, Dine’/Lakota, Principal, Native American
Community Academy (NACA); Trisha Moquino, Santo Domingo/Cochiti Pueblos, Founder, Iiwas Katrusini
Immersion Preschool Founder; Carlotta Bird, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Indian Education Consultant; Glenabah Martinez, Taos Pueblo/Dine’, Assistant Professor, College of Education, UNM, Matt Pecos, Cochiti Pueblo, Santa Fe Indian School Community Liaison. Panel Convener: Tiffany Lee, Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, UNM.

Gala Dinner Program »
Zimmerman Library West Wing 5:30pm Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group Poster Session and Silent Auction
Flute music by Andrew Thomas Dinner will be served at 6:00pm
Master of Ceremonies Dr. Steven Verney, Assistant Professor of Psychology


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gerald Vizenor, Prolific Author & Scholar, Professor of American Studies, UNM and Professor Emeritus,University of California, Berkeley

Friday, April 4, 2008
GRADUATE RESEARCH SESSIONS with Faculty Responses to Presentations 8am-5pm
UNM Ortega Hall 3rd Floor Reading Room
Beverages are not allowed in Reading Room but must be kept in the Ortega Lounge Area, Thank you.

8:00am Coffee in Ortega Lounge

8:30 am -Tasha Hubbard, Cree – The Buffalo and its Relationship to Indigenous Creative Expression. Ph.D. Candidate, University of Calgary, Canada

9:00 am - Monique Lloyd, Anishinaabe/Ojibwe, Nipissing – The Power of Stories: Using Constructivismand Sense-Making to Introduce Native Students to Tribal Archives. Masters Degree Candidate, Emporia State University, OR

10:30 am -Lannell R. Matt, Salish – A Biological Distance Study of Non- Metric Cranial Traits for Three Prehistoric NM Sites: Nanishagi Ruins, Kuaua Pueblo, and the Angus Site. Ph.D. Candidate, Southern Illinois University

11:00 am -Edward Jolie, Lakota/Hodulgee Muscogee – New Stories from Ancient Baskets: Innovation and Change in Indigenous Basketweaving Tradition. Ph.D. Candidate,University of New Mexico

12:00 -1:30pm LUNCH
South Side of Zimmerman Library near the Fountain. Mary Jane Edaakie, Isleta Pueblo Tacos

1:30pm -Marlowe Sam, Colville Confederation Okanagan – Water Systems: A Historical Retrospect of Control, Domination,and Change. Masters Program, University of British Columbia, Okanagan

2:00 pm- Ng’asike John Teria, Turkana District, Kenya – Use of African Indigenous Science Knowledge in Elementary Curriculumin Pastoralist Nomadic Communities of Kenya, Africa

Refreshment break 3pm

3:30 pm Lee-Anna Huisman, Gitxsan – Exploring the Impact of Long QT Syndrome (Genetic heart condition affecting First Nations in British Columbia, CA): A Closer Look. MSc. Candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada

4:00 pm- Jennie Luna, Xicana – (re)emergence of a Xicana Indigena Identity through Danza Mexica. Ph.D. Candidate, University
of California, Davis

Closing Reception at 5:30pm co-hosted by UNM Graduate Students
Zimmerman Library West Wing

Significance of Indigenous Research

Indigenous Peoples participation in modern life continues to challenge the older systems of knowledge
and learning. But the philosophies and values that kept our ancestors strong in heart and mind are not forgotten. These two days are intended to give us time to reflect on research questions and honor higher education that highlights Indigenous Peoples. Investment in this gathering is a call of destiny as Peoples on this earth to be strengthened. The future is here now and so today it is time for us to share with one another those ideas that make us truly human. Congratulations and recognition is also given to IFAIR Scholarship recipients selected to present at this Conference. Ku’da. B.Singer