The Santa Fe Indian Center in conjunction with Moral Monday New Mexico will be hosting a social justice movement event on March 6th, 2017 from 12pm-2pm at the State Capitol building. We encourage everyone Native and non-Native to come show your support and hear about important topics we are facing in our Native communities. A number of guest speakers are scheduled to address the latest updates on Native education, health, voting, repatriation, and many other subjects.

Brian Vallo of Acoma Pueblo, Director of the Indian Arts Research Center for the School of Advanced Research, will speak about the STOP Act (Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony), “The important work by Native American tribes to protect cultural resources has had great impact on all levels of policy. The STOP Act is one such policy that if enacted, will provide further protection of cultural patrimony for sale and exportation while encouraging the voluntary return of said items back to the tribes.”

Among the many guest speakers are Emily Hoazous (Chirichua Apache), PhD, who conducted a recently published Health Impact Assessment for the Native community of Santa Fe. National Indian Youth Leadership Project Founder, McClellan Hall, will share positive ways to encourage our youth using traditional wisdom and values. Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the NM Democratic Party, will speak on the way forward for the upcoming elections. Navajo Poet, Jaclyn Roessel, Founder and Blogger of Grownup Navajo will share empowering and inspiring poetry readings from a Native woman’s perspective. Nancy Davis (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Coordinator of the Native American Student Services for the Santa Fe Public Schools will share information and statistics on Native education.

Other activities for Moral Monday Native American Day will include art demonstrations, food, music and general information about the Santa Fe Indian Center.