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Native American Studies Records

Identifier: UNMA 133

Scope and Content

Native American Studies departmental records document their activities between 1960 and 2002. The collection is divided into twelve series. These series are grouped around larger themes (i.e. administration, research, teaching, correspondence), but occasionally overlap in content. The first series contains information about administrative activities. The series contains memoranda, proposals, minutes, and reports on program advancement. It also contains news clippings related to NAS administration and enrollment data. The following series contain published and unpublished research materials, materials related to conferences, items about the Kiva Club, and personal correspondence of Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Phil Reno, Harvey Paymella, Ted Jojola, and Geary Hobson.


  • 1960 - 2002

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws.

Institutional History

The Native American Studies Center at the University of New Mexico was founded in 1970 as a support program for Native American students. In 1980, the Native American Studies Center became two units: Native American Studies (NAS) and American Indian Student Services. In September 1998, NAS became an interdisciplinary academic program housed in University College. In 1999, the undergraduate minor in Native American Studies was approved.

In December 2004, the UNM Board of Regents approved Native American Studies as a major. As an interdisciplinary academic department, Native American Studies strives to educate and inform students about the Native experience that comes from the rich cultural heritage of the sovereign Indigenous peoples of the United States. Another goal is to create a department that collaborates with Native communities and engages students in nation building.

UNM-NAS provides a range of academic resources for the student, the University community, and the larger Native American community. In keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding with New Mexico Indian Tribes, UNM-NAS program places particular emphasis on addressing community-based education, research and leadership development needs of New Mexico Indian communities


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This collection contains records from Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Native American Studies is an interdisciplinary academic department committed to Indigenous academic scholarship and research excellence.
Finding Aid of the Native American Studies Records, 1960 - 2002
Edited Full Draft
Valerio Di Fonzo
© 2019
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131