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Records of the Office of the President, Series I, Subject Files

Identifier: IAIA-RG08

Scope and Content

Series I of RG-08, Subject Files of the Office of the President, consists of administrative, board and personnel records, committee meeting notes and minutes, financial, audit, and budget records, congressional testimony and federal appropriation records, strategic planning documents, records regarding the financing and construction of the new IAIA campus all related to the operations and activities of the Office of the IAIA President, 1986-2000, with the bulk of the records representing the years of 1992-2000. The series covers many important events in the history of IAIA, including the hiring of several presidents, the appointments of members of the Board of Trustees, lawsuits, federal budget cuts, and new legislation as well as the day to day activities of the office as well as the board of trustees.


  • 1986-2000
  • Majority of material found in 1992-2000

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Access Restrictions

Access is by appointment only. There are restrictions on this Record Group; please contact the archivist for more information. IAIA reserves the right to restrict any or all materials as necessary to protect IAIA, American Indian religious and cultural practices, and individual and financial privacy.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials is allowed for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Institute of American Indian Arts, its board, faculty, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Administrative History

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) was created by the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in late 1960 and was located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From its opening in 1962 until 1979, IAIA operated a high school and offered 'Post-Graduate' courses in contemporary American Indian art forms, including painting, sculpture, pottery, and the performing arts. IAIA added a contemporary art museum in 1971. IAIA dropped the high school program in 1979 and became an accredited junior college in 1984 while renting space from the College of Santa Fe. It operated under the BIA Department of Education until 1986, when the Higher Education Amendment granted IAIA a unique congressionally chartered non-profit status as the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Arts and Culture. The charter designated that IAIA be operated by an independent, Presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Office of the President is under the supervision of the Board of Trustees.

These records were created after the separation from the BIA and during the formative years of the young college. The terms of several IAIA presidents is covered in these records. Perry Horse was president of the Institute from 1995-1996, Beatrice Rivas Sanchez was president from July 1996 into 1997, and Della Warrior was president from May 1998-2005. During their tenures, IAIA grew immensely and endured many struggles. Major legislative budget cuts in the mid-90s threatened the Institute's existence and the funding and construction of a new campus in 2000 marked a new era for IAIA. Today, IAIA is an accredited baccalaureate institution, offering degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, New Media Arts, Museum Studies, and indigenous liberal studies.


24 manuscript cases (12 cu. ft). The collection is located on the campus of IAIA, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The archives are located in the Library & Technology Center.


Series I of RG-08, Subject Files of the Office of the President, consists of 24 manuscript cases covering the years 1986-2000. The subject files were maintained by the office of the president and span several IAIA presidents including Perry Horse, Beatrice Rivas Sanchez, and Della Warrior.

Related Material

Please refer to other series of RG-08 for related material.

Processing Information

This record group was processed in the order in which it was found and rehoused into an acid free environment.
Inventory of the Records of the Office of the President, Series I, Subject Files, 1986-2000
Edited Full Draft
Ryan S. Flahive
© 2012
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Institute of American Indian Arts Repository