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I am pleased to welcome you to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and I appreciate the decision you have made to continue your education at our college. IAIA is a fine arts college chartered by the United States Congress to “Empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.”

The 2022–2023 academic year will be one of recovery and renewal for each one of us, our home communities, and the world. I want you to know that IAIA will do everything it can to protect your safety and support your academic and personal growth. IAIA’s commitment to offering high-quality programs is validated by our accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditor.

Our associate and bachelor include programs in the following disciplines—Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, and Studio Arts. We also offer certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native Art History, and low-residencies in Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, and Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Administration.

IAIA also operates a museum, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), located adjacent to the Santa Fe Plaza, which is the only one in the world focusing exclusively on exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of Native American artists. The Museum’s collection of 9,000 contemporary Native artworks, housed on the college campus, is the largest and most noteworthy collection in the world.

As a 1994 Tribal College and Land-Grant institution, IAIA is also responsible for promoting and strengthening tribal programs in food and agricultural science. We accomplish this through programs in education, extension, research, and community outreach. IAIA values the diversity reflected in our community of students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to promoting tolerance and acceptance along with fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment for all.

A student success initiative, the “15 to Finish—4 for 3 Program,” creates financial incentives to encourage students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion—four years instead of five or more. A senior year tuition and book fee waiver will be awarded to students who maintain satisfactory progress over four years by completing at least 15 credits per semester.

Thank you for joining the IAIA community. The IAIA administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve your academic goals. We wish you the best of luck at IAIA.

Wado, (Thank You)

Dr. Robert Martin
IAIA President

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