Dr. Robert Martin with N. Bruce Duthu
SANTA FE — The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will host Dartmouth College’s first off-campus program of its Department of Native American Studies, beginning in the fall of 2015.
The program, focusing on Native American art and tribal law and government was developed by Native American department chair N. Bruce Duthu. After an extensive search for the right location for the program, Dartmouth selected Santa Fe, due to its nearby Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo reservations.
The program’s primary goal will be for students to engage native communities in ways that aren’t possible on Dartmouth’s Hanover, New Hampshire campus.
IAIA President, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) said that “the collaborative partnership will be mutually beneficial to IAIA and Dartmouth College by enriching learning opportunities for both our student populations. We look forward to hosting the Dartmouth faculty, students and alumni at our beautiful campus and museum.”
The Santa Fe program will be open to any Dartmouth student having interest in the curriculum. Duthu will lead the first classes in the program, which will accept 16 students every other year.
Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies — and a graduate degree in Creative Writing — IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 531 Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges — and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Photo: Dr. Robert Martin with N. Bruce Duthu