IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Board of Trustees

Click on the names below for a brief biography of each member.

Loren Kieve

Loren Kieve (Cherokee), Chair

San Francisco, CA

Kieve is the principal of Kieve Law Offices, a practice that focuses on complex domestic and international disputes and legal problems.

Perry Eaton

Bidtah N. Becker (Diné)

Fort Defiance, AZ

Bidtah N. Becker has dedicated her personal and professional life to the Navajo Nation.  She is currently the Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice where she works on both environmental and natural resources matters concerning and affecting the Nation.

Barbara Davis Blum, Treasurer

Washington, D.C.

Davis Blum is the president of BDB Investment Partnership in Washington D.C. and was the deputy administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Brenda L. Kingery (Chickasaw), Vice-Chair

San Antonio, TX

Kingery is the founding member of the Threads of Blessing International, and travels to Honduras, Mexico, and Uganda to teach textile and design in workshops that encourage women in developing countries to use their indigenous artistic skills.

Cynthia Lamar Chavez

Cynthia Chavez Lamar (San Felipe Pueblo/Hopi/Tewa/Navajo), Member at Large

Santa Fe, NM

Chavez Lamar is currently the director of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at The School for Advanced Research (SAR) on the Human Experience in Santa Fe.


Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Athabascan/Inupiaq)

Anchorage, AK

Sonya Kelliher-Combs is a contemporary mixed-media artist and Indigenous Arts Advocate, Educator, and Curator. She was born and raised in rural Alaska.

Joann Balzer

JoAnn Balzer

Santa Fe, NM

JoAnn Lynn Balzer is a Santa Fe, New Mexico community leader with more than twenty years of non-profit management, museum, and fund-raising experience. She has long been a supporter of the contemporary expressions of Native American arts and an advocate for Native American and other indigenous cultures around the world.

Princess Daazhraii LucajREV

Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets’aii Gwich’in)

Fairbanks, AK

Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Neets’aii Gwich’in from Alaska.  She works closely with her home village of Vashrąįį K’oo and is an advocate for environmental and social justice issues for Alaska Native people.

Kristine Miller

Boulder, CO

Miller is a partner in Holland and Hart’s Boulder, Colorado office focusing her legal practice on trademark, copyright, and marketing and promotions law.

Deborah Goodman

Deborah Goodman (Caddo/Cherokee), Secretary

Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Deborah Downing Goodman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma (OU), a community volunteer, and a former health educator. Her academic research has focused on culturally sensitive curriculum programming.

Barbara Ells

Barbara J. Ells

Boulder, CO

While raising her family, Barbara was active in each of their communities in both political as well as Women’s issues including opening and teaching in three different Head-Start pre-schools.

Ex-Officio Members