A Pueblo Perspective on 100 Years of Government Policy

The challenges Pueblo people have faced from 100+ years of state and federal policies are documented on a timeline that runs through an exhibit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Photos, videos, audio interviews, letters, pottery and other crafts fill the space and tell stories of assimilation, allotment, relocation and forced removal. The exhibit showcases the resilience of generations of Pueblo people.


The timeline starts with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican American War in 1848, covers the Mining Act of 1872, NM statehood in 1912, and documents the impact dozens of laws have had on generations of Pueblo people. For example, members of NM tribes voted in state and national elections for the first time in 1948. The state constitution prohibited tribal members from voting until that time.


In addition to the exhibition, curriculum that tells the Pueblo story in more detail is being developed from a series of leadership institutes at the Santa Fe Indian School. The institutes were established in part by Regis Pecos, former tribal governor and past director of the NM’s Indian Affairs Department.


100 Years of State and Federal Policy: The Impact on Pueblo Nations” will continue through February 4, 2013. On August 22 there will be a panel discussion about Mt. Taylor: Traditional Cultural Property, and on September 12 a panel discussion on Taos Blue Lake: Religious Freedom and Cultural Identity. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is located at 2401 12th St. NW in Albuquerque. http://www.indianpueblo.org




Zuni Pueblo Welcomes “Mainstreet” Designation

On July 5, Zuni Pueblo became the first Native American MainStreet community in the nation. The MainStreet Network, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, helps communities promote and revitalize their traditional commercial districts. There are more than 1,200 MainStreet communities across the country.


Zuni Pueblo leaders believe that MainStreet’s grassroots economic development matches the community’s needs, which are based on small, individual cottage arts production. Zuni Pueblo, the largest of the 19 pueblos of NM, is a tourist attraction. Tribal members are well known for their arts and crafts.


As one of the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Centennial Projects, we believe the MainStreet designation ties in greatly with preserving and protecting NM’s distinct culture and heritage,” said Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela. “This designation will further promote Zuni as a unique tourist and commerce destination.”




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