On February 4, 2012, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will open its new, “100 Years of State & Federal Policy: The Impact on Pueblo Nations,” an examination of the human experience behind enacted policies and laws that have changed and affected the core values of the pueblo people.
While written “Indian” policies date back as far as the mid-1700s, this exhibition will look at federal and state policies from 1912 to 2012 that have had positive and negative impacts on the Pueblo tribes.
Among the 33 key policies that will be examined are: The 1970 Return of Taos Pueblo Blue Lake – a congressional action that restored 48,000 acres of sacred worship grounds back to the Taos Pueblo that had been taken away from them by the U.S. government in 1906; and the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act (or Snyder Act), granting legal citizenship to America’s indigenous people; and the 1948 New Mexico constitutional change giving American Indians the right to vote; and the 2006 Native American Languages Preservation Act which authorizes funding for programs for tribes to use to prevent the loss of heritage and culture.
Visitors will be presented with intimate interviews with contemporary pueblo people reflecting on how they are living the core values of love, faith, compassion, service and community today. Pueblo youth have also weighed in their thoughts about how they will meet historic and future challenges for themselves and for their communities in the next 100 years.
A large conclave of Pueblo educators, linguists, health representatives and leaders from the northern and southern pueblo tribes assisted in developing the exhibition’s public programming and educational component for first to 12th grade. The curriculum references state standards and will be released in early March 2012. Study guides for teachers will be available online
The year’s panel discussion schedule is online now beginning with “Changing Roles: Women in Leadership, Health, Education and Art on March 14.
The exhibition will include an interactive media component and throughout the year, updated interviews and lecture podcasts will be placed online as well. A short video about the 100 years exhibition is available online.
The exhibition was unveiled at on February 4, 2012.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico and is located at 2401 12th St. NW in Albuquerque.
Source: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center