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Stephen Wall

Stephen Wall (White Earth Reservation) is Chair of the Indigenous Liberal Studies Department.

Education

Stephen Wall earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in 1972 and a J. D. from the University of New Mexico in 1975.

Major Professional Activities

In addition to teaching at Fort Lewis College, Stephen has served as Research Analyst for the American in Indian Law Center, Community Development Specialist for the Albuquerque Indian Health Board, and Behavioral Health Coordinator for the Tohono O’Odham Heath Department. Stephen also spent 11 years with the Mescalero Tribal Court, serving as Prosecutor and as Chief Judge. In addition to teaching at Fort Lewis College, he has also been adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and has developed and taught a vast number of workshops and trainings for community and professional development.

Stephen is also an artist who works in jewelry and sculpture. His jewelry has won a number of awards. Stephen’s sculptural works are mainly in stone, but he has done quite a number of mixed-media sculpture. One sculpture, Techno-Dodoem, toured with the exhibition, Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture, through the Artrain USA.  Another piece, Techno-Windiigoo 2.5, is touring with the Changing Hands 3 exhibition through the Museum of Art and Design.

Teaching Statement

“I would first like to state that it is an honor to teach at IAIA because of the school’s historical tradition and because of the potential for its future. Second, I consider teaching a sacred act. Its purpose is to prepare a person to face whatever his or her future holds, to give them the tools they need to be successful and positively contribute to the society in which they chose to live. Third, learning does not come easily and, often, one must struggle to learn; it is the role of the teacher to create the environment in which that struggle takes place. Lastly, I would state that education is a mechanism for change and growth, which affects both the student and the teacher.”

Contact

Stephen  Wall,  Indigenous Liberal Studies Chair
Core Faculty
(505) 424-2376
swall@iaia.edu