Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights

A collaboration with IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)

Date and Time
Sat, August 18, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
108 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Indigenous Rights Lawyer


Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series presented by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives Libraries and Museums and Creative Santa Fe

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights
3:00pm – 5:00pm | Allan Houser Art Park
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe

An introductory poem will be read by Navajo Nation Poet laureate Luci Tapahonso.

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights will recognize the increasing importance and relevance of the cultural community and art within a national and international platform. How can tribal archives, libraries, museums, and artists help in implementing international human rights standards into American law and policy? This is generationally a challenge for indigenous institutions across the country and throughout the world. September 13, 2017, marked the tenth anniversary of the United Nations approval of the landmark United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Around the world, over 350 million indigenous peoples in 90 worldwide countries celebrated the endorsement of this landmark UN declaration, taking efforts to begin implementing human rights standards laid out in UNDRIP into domestic laws and policies of nations around the world. Indigenous peoples worldwide are standing at the dawn of indigenous history, the human rights era. It will be the responsibility of all Indian Country, our political leaders, legal scholars, activists, cultural institutions and artists to fully implement these indigenous rights ethics into our domestic law and policy.

Panelists include Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) Author and Attorney, Laura Harris (Comanche) Executive Director, Americans for Indian Opportunity, Robert (Tim) Coulter (Potawatomi) Founding Director, American Indian Law Resource Center, Dr. Rosita Worl  (Tlingit) President of Sealaska Heritage Institute. Moderated by W. Richard West (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West.

The event is free and open to the public.

About IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts: The mission of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is to advance contemporary Native art through exhibitions, collections, public programs, and scholarship. MoCNA’s outreach through local and national collaborations allows us to continue to present the most progressive Native arts and public programming. MoCNA’s exhibitions and programs continue the narrative of contemporary Native arts and cultures.

The museum is located at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday &WednesdaySaturday / 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Sunday / Closed Tuesdays / $10 for adults; half-price for seniors (62+), students w/ valid ID, and NM residents; and free for members, Native people, veterans and their families, youth (16 & under), and NM residents visiting on Sunday. Events are free with admission.

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts marketing is partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax.

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 committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at