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American Indian Center

THE AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER now includes the American Indian Affairs Office, Northern Pueblos Institute and Pueblo Indian Studies at Northern New Mexico College. We are located in AD 255 on the Española campus.

Mark Rendon, Administrative Assistant
American Indian Center
 Ph: 747-5405
Fax: 747-5459


Kimberly Othole
 Ph: (505) 747-2141
Fax: (505) 747-5459


Dr. Matthew J. Martinez
Director, Northern Pueblos Institute
Assistant Professor, Pueblo Indian Studies
Ph: (505) 747-5458
Fax: (505) 747-5459


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Nuevo Mexico Historias Conference a Success

The Historias de Nuevo México – Histories of New Mexico was sponsored by NORTHERN, the Office of Diversity and Equity, the Northern Pueblos Institute, and Espejo Community History Organization. The conference highlighted presentations from distinct, yet overlapping, linguistic cultures that engaged a myriad of perspectives shaping New Mexico history.

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló welcomed the conference in the spirit of Northern New Mexico College being committed to drawing upon the diversity and talents of local communities. She shared Northern’s new mission statement as a “Hispanic and Indigenous Serving Institution dedicated to the student achievement and advancement of our community.”

The keynote address was given by Dr. Joseph Sanchez, Superintendent of the Petroglyph National Monument and the Spanish Colonial Research Center and author of numerous books. The conference plenary sessions focused on Contesting, Celebrating and Cultivating Homelands. Included in sessions were community scholars such as New Mexico Centennial Poet Levi Romero, Community Historian Estevan Arellano and University of Wisconsin Assistant Professor, Patricia Norby who discussed the history of O’Keeffe Country. In addition, Corrine Sanchez, from Tewa Women United, Paula Garcia, Executive Director of the Acequia Association and Dr. Myla Vicenti Carpio, Arizona State University presented on the histories and practices of cultivating communities. In addition, numerous community members, faculty and students presented research and projects on New Mexico’s diverse cultures and histories.

The conference coincided with the El Rito Studio Arts Tour and lunch included a special appearance by New Mexico’s treasured musician Antonia Apodaca. The Steering Committee is in the process of publishing conference proceedings and announced plans for hosting the Historias conference every eighteen months. For more information visit or call the American Indian Center at 505 747-5405.

Symposium Review: Ancient Pathways, Modern Leaders

On April 12, 2012 the film documentary Ancient Pathways, Modern Leaders screened at Northern New Mexico College as part of the Humanities Symposium Series. Dr. Matthew Martinez, Director of the Northern Pueblos Institute and Assistant Professor of Pueblo Indian Studies presented an overview of the 45 minute documentary as one of many projects of Silver Bullet Productions aimed at increasing the educational achievement and community empowerment through hands on film making.

The event was one of the largest on Northern's campus with about 80 people in attendance. The theme of the documentary explored the significance of leadership among the Pueblos. Through the voices of Pueblo leaders and students, the documentary presents a story of the journey of a leader, the selection process and the passion for community survival.

Following the screening was a panel of tribal leaders and community engagement. This panel was comprised of current University of New Mexico student from Ohkay Owingeh, Melody Cruz, Executive Director of the All Indian Pueblo Council and former Head Zuni Councilwoman Shelly Chimoni, former Cabinet Secretary of Indian Affairs, Alvin Warren, who were all featured in the documentary. (pictured below from left to right). Audience questions and answers focused on modern challenges to tribal leadership, educational attainment and threats to sovereignty.

Ancient Pathways - Modern Leaders is being utilized in many high schools and colleges across the state. For more information visit or contact Dr. Matthew Martinez at or 505-747-5458.