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IAIA Announces New Board of Trustees Member

Santa Fe, NM | Nov 20, 2012 –

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) announces that President Obama has appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation Bidtah N. Becker to the IAIA’s Board of Trustees.

                         Bidtah N. Becker

Becker (Navajo) will serve a term expiring on May 19, 2018. As a part of the 12-member Board of Trustees, Becker will formulate policies and bylaws for IAIA, as well as direct strategic planning to ensure sufficient resources.

Opening first as a high school in 1962, Congress reorganized the Institute in 1988 granting IAIA charter status as the nation’s only fine arts college solely devoted to the arts and cultural tradition of all American Indians. The U.S. President continues to appoint IAIA’s Board of Trustees today. Preservation and the continuation of the Indigenous arts is preservation and continuation of the first peoples in North America, according to the Congressional charter.

Becker is Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. She also served in the Water Rights Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice from 2004 to 2012, and in the Human Services and Government Unit from 2002 to 2004.

Earlier in her career, Becker taught government courses at the Santa Fe Indian School and was also a Chaplain in Residence at the Georgetown University Campus Ministry.  She serves on the Board of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Board of Directors. Becker received a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is married to Paul Spruhan, and is the mother of Bahe, 7, and Tazbah, 3.

Offering degrees in studio arts, creative writing, new media arts, Indigenous liberal studies, and museum studies, IAIA is the only college in New Mexico with National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation. The school serves nearly 400 Native and non-Native American college students from across the nation, and is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges. The Institute is celebrating its 50-year anniversary.

For more information about IAIA, go to www.iaia.edu


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Contact Information

Kim Baca, 505-424-2351 or kbaca@iaia.edu.