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We acknowledge that art education in New Mexico is taking place on occupied indigenous land of 23 tribes. It’s important that we acknowledge the history and ongoing colonization of where we live and work here and in our country. It’s also important to acknowledge our own place in the story of colonization. We don’t pretend to know the answers in undoing the ugly legacy of colonization, but at the very least, we can be accountable and deepen our understanding of our individual and our collective responsibility in fighting for change. As a member of NMAEA, we each have the opportunity to work for change.

(Adapted from a speech by Maria Archuleta.)


Native tribes of New Mexico:

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