National Native American Heritage Month, November 2022

Departmental News

Posted:  Nov 01, 2022 - 12:00pm

The UNM Department of Anthropology celebrates National Native American Heritage Month, November 2022. Click on the red links below for more information. Scroll down to read about UNM groups, events, Native American Heritage Month history, Native American scholars, research, news and Native American organizations.

UNM American Indian Student Services


"American Indian Student Services (AISS) was established during the 1980-1981 academic year to increase the recruitment & retention of Native students. Currently, American Indian Student Services provides a range of student support programming for American Indian students attending The University of New Mexico-Main Campus in an effort to ensure their academic achievement and assist in the development of personal, cultural, and social success. AISS is also a liaison for Native students attending local high schools and schools located on or near tribal reservations; tribal and community colleges; tribal governments; and tribal higher education programs and organizations that directly impact the recruitment and retention of American Indian students at The University of New Mexico-Main Campus. All students are welcome!"

UNM Native American Studies


"As an interdisciplinary academic department, NAS is committed to Indigenous academic scholarship and research excellence.   NAS offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Arts (M.A.), a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), an Accelerated Online Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and a minor degree at the University of New Mexico. Our goal is excellence in educating all students and the public about the Native experience of Indigenous peoples with significant attention given our complex history and intercultural heritage of New Mexico and the United States. Another goal is to create a department that collaborates with Native communities and engages students in Nation building."

lee_tiffany.jpg"Dr. Tiffany S. Lee  (Diné /Lakota) is Dibé Łizhiní (Blacksheep) and born for Naałaní (Oglala Lakota).  She is from Crystal, New Mexico, located on the Navajo Nation, on her mother’s side, and Pine Ridge, South Dakota on her father’s side.  Dr. Lee is a Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  She earned her doctorate in Sociology of Education from Stanford University.  Her research examines Native youth perspectives with regard to language reclamation and identity.  She also investigates socio-culturally centered educational approaches.   In 2016, she was awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to examine the impact of Indigenous language immersion schools on Native American student achievement." 

UNM Department of Anthropology and UNM Department of Native American Studies Hitchcock-Kelly Fund for Human and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

"The Hitchcock-Kelly Fund for Human and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights will provide support for collaborative projects and programs implemented between the Departments of Anthropology and Native American Studies. The projects will include annual support of student-related research and applied activities that advance and bring attention to human rights and Indigenous peoples’ rights."

UNM HSC Center for Native American Health


"The UNM HSC Center for Native American Health specializes in student and workforce development, community engagement, community-based participatory research (CBPR), community health assessment capacity building, program planning, and project management. We partner with students, staff, faculty, community groups, organizations, and government agencies to develop sustainable solutions and creative pathways for improving the health and well-being of Indigenous people. CNAH approach focuses on community strengths such as local and unique knowledge, core cultural value systems, and health beliefs." Learn more

The Institute of American Indian Research

[The Insitute of American Indian Research] "IFAIR was established under the direction of professor Amanda Cobb-Greetham who was on faculty in American Studies. ...Since IFAIR’s inception, much has changed in Native and Indigenous Studies. We intend to explore how IFAIR as an institute can reflect and support critical developments and movement in Native and Indigenous Studies. We also welcome Native American Studies into the College of Arts & Sciences and look forward to collaborating with the new chair, Dr. Tiffany Lee. IFAIR has promoted Native and Indigenous education, research, and service at UNM and hosted and supported many events to foster the study of Indigenous nation-building, community organizing, and Indigenous peoples. The institute strives to foster Native and Indigenous-centered education, research, and service at the University. We plan to continue collaborations with nearby Indigenous nations and communities." Learn more

denetdale.png"Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Professor and Chair of American Studies, also serves as the director of UNM's Institute for American Indian Research (IfAIR) and the chair of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission. As a commissioner on the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, she has advocated for Navajo women and the LGBTQI community. She has been recognized for her scholarship and service to her nation and community with several awards, including the Rainbow Naatsiilid True Colors for her support and advocacy on behalf of the Navajo LGBTQI and the UNM Faculty of Color Award for her teaching, research and service in the academy. In 2013, she was awarded the UNM Sarah Brown Belle award for service to her community. In the spring of 2015, she was recognized for Excellence in Diné Studies by the Navajo Studies Conference, Inc. She is also very proud to have been selected to deliver the inaugural address before the 23rd Navajo Nation Council upon their inauguration in January 2015. In 2017, she was awarded the UNM Presidential Award of Distinction." Learn more


November 1, 1 PM EDT Online The National Museum of the American Indian presents Youth in Action: Reclaiming the Stage (also available online after event)
November 1, 11 AM EDT Online The National Museum of the American Indian presents The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo, and the War for America
November 2-5 Indigenous Borderlands in North America Symposium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
November 3 4 PM UNM Language Learning Center presents Native American Movie Nights: Gather in Ortega Hall LLC Room 124
November 3 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST BBRP Plaza, UNM Health Sciences Center  UNM HSC Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents The Fire Oak Dance Group
November 3 9 PM  Home From School: The Children of Carlisle [Boarding School]
November 9 6 PM Inaugural Awards Ceremony Gala hosted by the UNM Native American Alumni Chapter UNM Hodgins Hall (register in advance)
November 10 12:00 – 1:00 PM MDT Online UNM HSC Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents University of Washington School of Medicine’s Indian Health Pathway, a National Model for an Indigenous Health Curriculum
November 10 11-12 EDT Online The National Archives presents Young Learners Children’s Book Program—Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talkers Story
November 10 4 PM UNM Language Learning Center presents Native American Movie Nights: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World in Ortega Hall LLC Room 124
November 10 6-8 PM Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Fall ’22 Graduating Senior Exhibition: Same World, Different Voices—Opening Reception
November 10 7 PM  Lecture: Indigenous Influences on Spanish Language- Guarani and Nahuatl at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
November 10-11 Online NM Diversity Summitt 2022: Building Systems for Greater Justice, Equity, Accessibility Diversity and Inclusion (JEADI) hosted by the University of New Mexico Office of Equity and Inclusion Register in advance
November 11 6 PM The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology presents "Conversing with the Land" & "We Were Basket Makers Before We Were Pueblo People" - Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion at the Maxwell Museum
November 12 3-5 PM Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) The OGs of Indigenous Fashion Panel Conversation
November 15 4 PM Wicazo Sa Review Lecture Series UNM Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building (PAIS) and online 
November 15 5:30 PM "To Build a Home” hosted by the Center for Native American Health at the Center for Native American Health (CNAH) building 
 November 15 12:00 MDT Online UNM HSC Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents Development and Impact of the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
November 16 4 PM The Reckoning: Native Crimes Victims & the Future of Tribal Communities hosted by the Institute for American Indian Research (iFAIR) in Hodgin Hall
November 17 4 PM UNM Language Learning Center presents Native American Movie Nights: A Thousand Roads in Ortega Hall LLC Room 124
November 17 4 PM The UNM School of Law presents “Diné/Navajo Stories about Death, the Afterlife, Grief and Renewal.” by Luce Fellow Steve Darden  (Diné/Navajo and Cheyenne) UNM School of Law
November 18-25  Online National Museum of the American Indian presents Native Cinema Showcase 2022
November 21 5-7 PM Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence: Beams, Patton, Pruitt, and Vickers—Welcome Dinner
November 22 12:00 MDT Online UNM HSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents Realizing an Indigenous Health Workforce
November 22 PBS Presents American Masters: Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On
November 24 9 AM Native Health Initiative (NHI) 7th Annual Gratitude Run/Walk Location: North Domingo Baca Park
November 28 2 PM Ilene Naegle Navajo Weaving Demonstration Language Learning Center Ortega Hall 1st Floor, Lab 1 (Room 135) or online (meeting ID 945 4134 3742)
November 29 3-5 PM Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence: Beams, Patton, Pruitt, and Vickers—Open Studio
November 29 5:30 PM American Indian Student Services hosts Native Food Night Location: TBD
December 1 4 PM UNM Language Learning Center presents Native American Movie Nights: Smoke Signals in Ortega Hall LLC Room 124
December 8 4 PM UNM Language Learning Center presents Native American Movie Nights: Wind River in Ortega Hall LLC Room 124
Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for online and in person events in Albuquerque throughout the month
Visit the School for Advanced Research (SAR) YouTube page to view lectures and events
Native America Calling Culture Connection: Turkeys LISTEN NOW
The National Archives Museum presents Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field photo essays
PBS Presents: alter-NATIVE: Kitchen, Episodes 1-4
Vision Maker Media Presents "Together" 

The National Archives Museum presents All American: The Power of Sports Exhibit Tour

2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit

Dr. Dustin Martin presents Indigenous Running: Modern Opportunity Defined by Ancestral Endurance

Dr. Joseph Aguilar presents Indigenizing the Academies

Dr. Jonathan Dombrosky presents Fishing for Foodways

 The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Virtual Exhibit: People of the Southwest

About National Native American Heritage Month

native.png"One of the very [first] proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association...directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to ...[declare] the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.  ...The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September....In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994."  Read more

Visit the National Native American Heritage page to learn more about Exhibits and Collections in the Library of Congress

The White House: A Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2022

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

"The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges." 

Visit their website to learn about partnerships and initiatives, campaigns and the NCAI policy center

The National Parks Service Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

nps-na-heritage.jpg"America is a vast land of many cultures dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the land. History, heritage, or culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are part of every national park and communities across the country today. Every November during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share history and the continuing culture of America's indigenous peoples."

Learn more on the National Parks Service website

National Geographic Honors Native American Heritage Month

"The United States celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November during which National Geographic acknowledges the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This collection celebrates the history, accomplishments, culture, and lives of American Indians. In so doing, we acknowledge the systemic discrimination these communities face in our nation and our collective efforts aim to advance a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable future."

Learn more about the Indian Removal Act and more on the NGS Website

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month


"Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.  Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television."  PBS offers free documentaries online

PBS Presents: 30 Stories for 30 Days of Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Standing Bear v. Crook (1879)

"In the 1870s and ’80s, Chief Standing Bear’s declaration of his humanity in a powerful courtroom speech established him as one of the nation’s earliest civil rights heroes who is starting to gain visibility in the 21st Century."

Read more about this historic landmark civil rights case on the United States Courts website
Read Native American Contitutions and Legal Materials at the Law Library of Congress Collection
Read about Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress

Tribal Entities in the United States

Learn about Federally Recognized Tribes on the U.S.Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs website

Native American Scholars

medicine.png"Hinsha Waste Agli Win - Dr. Beatrice Medicine  (1923 - 2005) (Sihasapa and Minneconjou Lakota) was a scholar, anthropologist, and educator known for her work in the fields of Indigenous languages, cultures, and history. Medicine spent much of her life researching, teaching, and serving Native communities, primarily in the fields of bilingual education, addiction and recovery, mental health, tribal identity, and women's, children's, and LGBT community issues." She "...defied stereotypes, racism, and sexism in her life and work while combating the reductive, patronizing views of Native Americans perpetuated by mainstream anthropologists. [Her book]Learning to Be an Anthropologist and Remaining "Native"includes Medicine's clear-eyed views of assimilation, bilingual education, and the adaptive strategies by which Native Americans have conserved and preserved their ancestral languages. Her discussions of sex roles in contemporary Native American societies encompass homosexual orientation among males and females and the "warrior woman" role among Plains Indians as one of several culturally accepted positions according power and prestige to women. The volume also includes Medicine's thoughtful assessments of kinship and family structures, alcoholism and sobriety, the activism implicit in the religious ritual of the Lakota Sioux Sun Dance, and the ceremonial uses of Lakota star quilts. "The Native American is possibly the least understood ethnic minority in contemporary American society," Medicine observed. Her decades of deliberate, generous, dedicated work have done much to reveal the workings of Native culture while illuminating the effects of racism and oppression on Indian families, kinship units, and social and cultural practices." The Smithsonian Institution maintains online digital archive, the "Beatrice Medicine Papers." Learn more 

lafleche.jpgFrancis La Flesche (1857-1932) was "the second son of Omaha chief Joseph La Flesche. In 1879 [he] accompanied his sister, Susette, and uncle, Ponca chief Standing Bear, on their grueling Eastern crusade for Indian land reform, and took a job a year later as a copyist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, working at night to complete two law degrees. He formally transferred to the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1910...During his tenure at the Bureau of American Ethnology he also began his lifelong friendship and collaboration with Alice Fletcher, who became first his employer, then his tutor and colleague, and who eventually adopted him as her son. Between 1880 and 1910 Fletcher and La Flesche collected extensive data on the Omaha people. La Flesche's status on the reservation, his knowledge of the language, and his early participation in tribal rituals proved invaluable in their research. He was strongly committed to preserving every detail of Omaha life because he wanted non-Indians to understand the spiritual nature of Indian culture. ...Fletcher and La Flesche's most fruitful collaboration resulted in the publication of The Omaha Tribe  in 1911, the culmination of nearly 30 years of meticulous gathering, sorting, and synthesizing data on the Omaha Indians." Read more

ortiz-photo.pngDr. Alfonso Ortiz (1939-1997) "was a member of the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and a MacArthur fellow. Born in Espanola to an inter-cultural family, Ortiz graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology in 1961. He went on to earn a masters degree in 1963 and his PhD in 1967 from the University of Chicago. Ortiz believed that scholarship about American Indian people should not be limited to universities and academics, but that members of Indian communities should undertake it as well."  In 2000, the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies was founded at the University of New Mexico.  "The collaborative vein that the Alfonso Ortiz Center promotes is one that shares research and practice to bring about learning and growth in understanding similarities and differences in outlook. Alfonso Ortiz was also responsible for supporting many Indian communities throughout the Southwest and nationally, and in that spirit of his legacy the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies was created." Visit the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies to learn more

"Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899–2005) brought an Indigenous worldview to her ethnobotanical research among the Delaware, Nanticoke, Cayuga, and Wampanoag tribes of the East Coast. Born to Mohegan parents, Tantaquidgeon trained in Indigenous practices with Mohegan knowledge keepers Emma Baker, Mercy Mathews, and Fidelia Fielding. She published significant works on tribal knowledge and on the use of local natural resources to create traditional herbal medicines." Read more

 emorys300dpi.jpgDr. Emory Sekaquaptewa (1928 - 2007) "was a pioneering champion of preserving his native language. Born at Hotevilla on the Hopi Nation's Third Mesa in 1928, Mr. Sekaquaptewa was believed to be the first native American to attend West Point. He was the first Hopi tribal member to earn a law degree from the University of Arizona, where he became a noted research anthropologist in its Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and also taught courses including Hopi Language and Culture during a teaching career that spanned nearly 40 years.  ...[He] founded and served as chief judge of the Hopi Appellate Court, where he melded federal and state laws with Hopi traditional rules in judging tribal dispute. But perhaps the achievement that Sekaquaptewa most cherished was his work in compiling and publishing the Hopi Nation's first written dictionary. He completed the research with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and published the "Hopi Dictionary/HopGiikwa LavGaytutuveni: A Hopi-English Dictionary of the Third Mesa Dialect"  in 1998, with about 30,000 entries and pronunciation guides." Read more

singer.pngDr. Beverly Singer was the first Native American woman from Santa Clara Pueblo hired by the UNM Department of Anthropology, holding a joint appointment with the UNM Native American Studies Department. She served as the first Director of Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies. Dr. Singer is a documentary filmmaker whose work examines issues facing indigenous societies. “A sample of her productions include the feature film Who We Are  for the National Museum of the American Indian, independent documentary Hozho of Native Women, Native Youth New Mexico for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a National Endowment for the Humanities project Pueblo Women: Journeys and Pathways-Oral Histories of Contemporary Pueblo Women in Service, Leadership and the Arts with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, [and] From My Berber Heart featuring Malika Boukbout. Dr. Singer recently filmed and produced Journeys and Pathways: Contemporary Pueblo Women in Leadership, Service, and the Arts Oral History Project in collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read more on Women Make Movies: Profile of Beverly R. Singer

cajete_greg.jpgGregory Cajete, PhD (Santa Clara Pueblo), is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of Indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. ... He worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. While at the Institute, he served as Dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, Chair of Native American Studies and Professor of ethno science. He organized and directed the First and Second Annual National Native American Very Special Arts Festival held in respectively in Santa Fe, NM in 1991 and Albuquerque, NM in 1992.  In 1995, he was offered a position in American Indian education in the University of New Mexico, College of Education. Currently, he is a Professor of Native American Studies and Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. ...Dr. Cajete has received several fellowships and academic distinctions, including the American Indian Graduate Fellowship from the US-DOE Office of Indian Education (1977-78); the  D’arcy McNickle Fellowship in American Indian History from the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL (1984-85); and the Katrin Lamon Fellowship in American Indian Art and Education (1985-1986) from the School of American Research in Santa Fe, NM. " Read more

 wilcox.jfif"For many years, Marie Wilcox (1933-2021) was the guardian of the Wukchumni language, one of several Indigenous languages that were once common in Central California but have either disappeared or nearly disappeared. She was the only person for a time who could speak it fluently. She started writing down words in Wukchumni as she remembered them in the late 1990s, scrawling on the backs of envelopes and slips of paper. Then she started typing them into an old boxy computer. Soon she was getting up early to devote her day to gathering words and working into the night. After 20 years of labor, of hunting and pecking on her keyboard, Wilcox, who died at 87 on Sept. 25, produced a dictionary, the first known complete compendium of Wukchumni." Read more  and Watch this short documentary about Marie Wilcox

clarence_cruz_profile.jpgClarence Cruz, Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Art, " Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as San Juan Pueblo, and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, with a BFA and MFA in Art Studio, and a minor in Museum Studies through an Internship at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Through his contribution in the art of traditional Pueblo pottery, he was honored with The Lifetime Achivement Allan Houser Legacy Award 2012, Honoring Pueblo Potters, SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market. He has had the opportunity to travel to China to be part of a faculty exhibition at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and hired as Consultant Curator for the Inaugural Exhibition for the Alfonso Ortiz Center [for Intercultural Studies] [at the] Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. As a potter and instructor, he works with raw materials that he gathers from different sites on public lands. These materials consist of clays, slips, mineral pigments, volcanic ash, and Rocky mountain bee weed used for paint (black) or as a binder. His pottery firings are outside firings, which are: reduction firing, oxidation firing, and open firing (fire clouds)." "The Exploring Pueblo Pottery Project has received a prestigious Global Design Merit Award for interactive experiences from SEGD, as well as a 2019 German Design Award, and is the recipient of a Gold 2019 APEX Award in the Experiential Design & Planning category." Read more

gachupin_francine.jpg"Dr. Francine C. Gachupin is Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine; Assistant Director, Cancer Disparities Institute, Arizona Cancer Center; and Assistant Director of the Native American Research and Training Center, all at the University of Arizona. Dr. Gachupin is a tribal member of the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She studies primarily chronic diseases and related behavioral risk factors. Much of her training has been at the National Institutes of Health and most of her work has occurred at four separate tribal based epidemiology centers – Portland Area, Aberdeen Area, Albuquerque Area and Navajo Area. She has worked with two tribal comprehensive cancer control programs in the northern plains and the pacific northwest."

topash-caldwell-2.jpgDr. Blaire Topash-Caldwell (UNM PhD, 2020) recently joined the Newberry library’s staff as Mellon Public Humanities Fellow. In this role, Topash-Caldwell will contribute to a multiyear project to expand access to the Newberry’s extensive Indigenous Studies collection. Topash-Caldwell comes to the Newberry from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Nation’s Department of Language and Culture, where she served as the tribe’s first archivist....Topash-Caldwell, has worked to make relevant archival materials more accessible to Pokagon tribal members and collaborated with several institutions such as the National Archives in Chicago and the Eiteljorg Museum to make this possible. As part of this effort, she launched, managed, and developed content for a tribally-based content management system called Wiwkwébthëgen, expanding outreach and accessibility for the many tribal members who live beyond the Pokagon Band’s service area.

kocer-photo-2021-2.jpgJacque Kocer, UNM Archaeology doctoral student, was awarded the first Bertha Parker Cody Award for Native American Women by the Society for American Archaeology in 2021. The award will help fund completion of Jacque's dissertation examining how Gallina potters learned and shared knowledge and technology in the past. Funding for the award comes from the Autry Museum of the American West. She also was recently awarded a 2021-22 American Fellowship by The American Association of University Women (AAUW).  After graduating, Kocer plans to teach Archaeology at a tribal college and promote the presence of Native American women in academia and cultural resource centers. She has also incorporated The Gallina Research Institute for Indigenous Technology (GRIIT), a nonprofit for Native American youth and college students. Indigenous-managed archaeological research and training program, GRIIT, promotes Indigenous sovereignty over cultural and natural resources while preserving New Mexico’s vast heritage. Read more


Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History: What Chocolate-Drinking Jars Tell Indigenous Potters Now
Chaco and Chocolate: SAR Impacts with Dr. Patricia Crown

The House of the Cylinder Jars
The Pueblo Bonito Mounds: Formation History, Architectural Context and Representational Fields
Improving Identification for Missing and Murdered American Indians, Using Newly Created New Mexico Decedent Image Database
The Smith Family Totem Pole Repatriation (Tlowitsis Nation)

The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language and Diné Belonging
The Community at the Crossroads: Artiodactyl Exploitation and Socio-environmental Connectivity at Tijeras Pueblo (LA 581)
Contextualizing Ancestral Pueblo Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo spp.) Management
Personal Adornment and the Construction of Identity: A Global Archaeological Perspective
Architecture and the Organization of Labor at Tsegi Phase (AD 1250-1300) Cliff Dwellings, Navajo National Monument
Resource Risk and Stability in the Zooarchaeological Record: The Case of Pueblo Fishing in the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico
Trade Relationships and Gene Flow at Pottery Mound, New Mexico 
Color in the Ancestral Pueblo Southwest
Native American Oral History Program Interviews (UNM Center for Southwest Research)
Dr. Keith Basso: Collected Works (Including Wisdom Sits in Places and Portraits of "the Whiteman": Linguistic Play and Cultural Symbols Among the Western Apache)
American Indian Records in the National Archives
Sobel Duncan Science for Health in Indigenous Populations Graduate Student Research Award (Applications Due 12/10/2021
School for Advanced Research:  Native Artist Fellows
The Computational Genomics & Technology laboratory (CGaT) announces theSobel Duncan Science for Health in Indigenous Populations (SHIP) Graduate Student Award 
Five Ways Native American Communities Honor Turkeys


Students First to Graduate with UNM Native American Studies Master's Degree
Native Americans Overcame Major Obstacles to Vote in 2020 Election
'Our Ancestors' Dreams Come True: Deb Haaland Becomes the Nation's Most Powerful Native American Leader
In Unanimous Ruling, SCOTUS Affirms Authority of Native American Tribal Governments and Police Forces
Biden declares October 11 Indigenous Peoples' Day
Navajo Students Describe Pandemic Struggles to Jill Biden
UNM Names the Only Indigenous Chair of Architecture Program in the U.S.
Water is Life. Sharing Navajo Nation with the World
Nalgene Water Fund Pledges Support to Combat Water Crisis on Navajo Nation
Buried History Coming to Light in New Mexico
In a New Mexico Park, the Buried Bodies of Native American Children are Evidence of Genocide
Human Rights Panel to Hear Navajo Uranium Contamination Case
‘Ignored for 70 years’: Human Rights Group to Investigate Uranium Contamination on Navajo Nation
California to Replace Toppled Junipero Serra Statue at Capitol with a Memorial to Native Tribes
How Navajo Nation Activist Allie Young is Helping to Protect her Community from COVID-19
Turning the Tide: Addressing Water Rights in Indigenous Communities
Joy Harjo Appointed to Third Term as US Poet Laureate-Launches Signature Project Living Nations, Living Words
FBI Using Navajo Language in Campaign Targeting Hate Crimes
Lobo Artists’ Work Featured on Google Homepage
Native American Artist Teaches Traditional Methods of Making Pueblo Pottery: Award-Winning Project Highlights Symbolism in Native American Pottery
IllumiNative's Crystal Echo Hawk on Why Hollywood Needs a Guide to Native American Representation
Albuquerque Artist Brings Figures to Life with a Deep Look into the Native Soul
Biden Proposes 20-year Ban on New Oil Drilling Near Native American site in New Mexico
Biden Signs Order to Address 'Crisis of Violence' Against Native Americans at White House Summit
The Jingle Dress Project Brings Healing through Indigenous Dance: 'We were trying to figure out how we could best help those people who are in need'
'Our Culture is Vast, Different and Beautiful': Indigenous Art Shines at New Tempe Event
Textile Artist Naiomi Glasses brings Gen Z Visibility to the Navajo Nation
U.S. to Remove "Squaw" from Hundreds of Federal Lands Place Names
Native American Confirmed as Head of National Park Service
New Mexico Pilots take part in Navajo Christmas Airlift

UNM School of Law leads 'Environmental Justice Bus Tour' to Pueblo of Laguna
A Native American Photographer is Taking Powerful Portraits of Members of Every Tribe Across the US

Returning the 'Three Sisters' – Corn, Beans and Squash – to Native American Farms Nourishes People, Land and Cultures
Native American Educators, Academics from UNM Named as Top Influential American Indian Scholars
US Approves Indigenous Name Change for Colorado Mountain
How a New Wave of Native Stories Took a 'Sledgehammer' to Hollywood's Closed Doors
UNM Scholar Recognized for Elevating Indigenous Community
UNM Alumna Named Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Mary Golda Ross, the First Known Native American Female Engineer, Is Being Honored With a New Statue
One Down, 500 to Go: Native Nations Contextualize their Own Artifacts at New York Museum
Navajo Nation Composer Raven Chacon Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music
Interior Department says Native American Children were Forced into Assimilation at 408 Federal Boarding Schools
A Newly Issued US Quarter Celebrates Cherokee leader Wilma Mankiller
Native American Youth to be Tapped for Conservation Projects
Will Wilson Topples the Myth of the American Indian
UNM Native American Budget & Policy Institute Names Carmela Roybal Executive Director
Saint Paul Public Schools Unanimously Supports Smudging in Classrooms
Peltola Beats Palin, Wins Alaska House Special Election
Nicole Mann to Become First Native American Woman in Space: 'I feel very proud'
Here's What It Means To Be 'Two-Spirit,' According To Native People
Sacheen Littlefeather Apology is a Reminder that Native Americans are still 'Left Out' in Hollywood
A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2022
Applications Open for New Native American Studies PhD Program
Native American Student Looks at Research through Traditional Lens
Tribe Seeks to Adapt as Climate Change Alters Ancestral Home
First-of-its-Kind Indigenous Child Language Research Center Launched (UNM Department of Linguistics and the Lobo Language Acquisition Lab)
Navajo Code Talker Collections Donated to CSWR


Society of Native American Graduate Students
Dream Lab COVID-19 Relief
Association of Indigenous Anthropologists
Native American Heritage Association
American Indian Science and Engineering Society