American Indian Heritage Month
Diversity Dialogues: More than Words: Beyond Land Acknowledgements
The University of New Mexico's Division for Equity and Inclusion hosted a Diversity Dialogue: More than Words: Beyond Land Acknowledgements with American Indian university leaders on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Drs. Tiffany Lee. Leola Paquin and Lani Tsinnajinnie discussing land acknowledgements, how UNM’s was developed, and why they should be honored. Pamela Agoyo, Director of American Indian Student Services and Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs moderated the panel.
About the Panelists:
Dr. Tiffany S. Lee (Diné/Oglala Lakota) is a Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from Stanford University in 1999. Her research examines educational and culturally-based outcomes of Indigenous language immersion schools, Native youth perspectives on language reclamation, and socio-culturally centered education. She is a former secondary social studies and language arts teacher. She is currently involved with colleagues on projects to open a Diné language nest in Albuquerque and to prepare Diné speakers into becoming Diné language immersion educators.
Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie Paquin (Diné/Filipina & accepted into Santa Ana Pueblo) is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Native American Studies. Her research and service activities focus on Indigenous educational sovereignty. She is an associated faculty member with UNM’s Institute for American Indian Education, has co-chaired the UNM Diversity Council Curriculum Subcommittee, been an Academic Affairs General Education Faculty Fellow on Race and Social Justice, and is a former President of the American Indian Studies Association Council. Most recently, she has been focusing on Indigenous education initiatives with the school districts of her home communities.
Dr. Lani Tsinnajinnie is Diné and Filipino from Na'Neelzhiin, NM and an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is an Assistant Professor in the UNM Community and Regional Planning Department where she focuses on water resources planning and currently serves as vice-chair of the UNM Native American Faculty Council.