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Posted: December 11, 2020

Indigenous Learning Presentation 12.14.2020

Via Zoom, 5:30pm – 7pm Meeting ID: 916 3352 0500 / Passcode: 5GDnFu

DR. LLOYD LEE, Associate Professor, Native American Studies 505-277-3917
DR. GLENABAH MARTINEZ, Associate Professor, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies 505-277-6047


SYNOPSIS OF PRESENTATION: Presentation of the IndigNM website of multi-media resources that aligns with a framework to provide counter-narratives in NM History for high school social studies educators everywhere. We aim for this site to be a resource for the public that speaks to the criticality of knowing the history of New Mexico from Indigenous perspectives. (See ABSTRACT below for fuller description of presentation).

Glenabah MartinezGlenabah Martinez (Taos/Diné), an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Director of Initiatives in Native American Education, was raised in Taos Pueblo. Dr. Martinez’s research focuses on Indigeneity, youth and education with a particular emphasis on Indigenous youth, critical pedagogy, and the politics of social studies curriculum. She captures these research areas in her 2010 book, Native Pride: The politics of curriculum and instruction in an urban, public high school. She continued this scholarship in a narrative ethnographic study titled, An Examination of Educational Experiences of Indigenous Youth in a New Mexico Bordertown. Prior to earning her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she taught high school social studies for 14 years. She continues to work with the schools and districts throughout New Mexico on social justice participatory action projects directly related to the histories of Indigenous Peoples of the United States and Southwest. She was co-editor of 100 Years of State and Federal Policy: The Impact on Pueblo Nations Curriculum: Elementary, Middle, and High School. At UNM, Dr. Martinez teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in education theory, policy and praxis. Dr. Martinez also taught Native American Studies to Indigenous youth at the Youth Diagnostic Development Center in Albuquerque.

Lloyd L. LeeLloyd L. Lee, Ph.D. is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation. He is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House), born for Tl’ááschíí (Red Bottom). His maternal grandfather’s clan is Áshiihí (Salt) and his paternal grandfather’s clan is Tábaahá (Water’s Edge). He is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Director in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is co-chair of the Native American Faculty Council at UNM, sits on the executive board for the Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR), is a faculty member of the Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE), and is on the City of Albuquerque Commission on American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. He is the author of Diné Masculinities: Conceptualizations and Reflections (2013), co- author of Native Americans and the University of New Mexico (2017), and edited Diné Perspectives:  Reclaiming and Revitalizing Navajo Thought (2014) and Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Diné People (2017). He has published articles in Wicazo Sa Review, The American Indian Quarterly, Indigenous Policy Journal, American Journal of Indigenous Studies, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, & Society, and The International Journal of the Sociology of Language. His research focuses on American Indian identity, masculinities, leadership, philosophies, and native nation building.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT: As current and former educators of students in New Mexico schools, we have experienced the limited curriculum and resources available to teachers for providing Indigenous perspectives on the history and current experiences of Native American people and communities in New Mexico. To address this paucity, our multi-media project aims to achieve four goals. First, we will identify and locate various types of resources that align with a framework that lists guiding questions and essential understandings to provide counter- narratives in NM History for curriculum, instruction, and policy in high school social studies, namely NM History. Second, in order to easily share and update the resources and frameworks, we are creating website that is accessible to high school social studies educators in and outside of New Mexico. Third, recognizing the limited content teachers have to Indigenous perspectives through state funded curriculum, we aim to provide a resource for the public that speaks to the criticality of knowing (critical historical consciousness) the history of New Mexico from Indigenous perspectives. In doing this, our fourth goal is to fill in the gap of perspectives in secondary education social studies regarding New Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples and how it has evolved and changed over time. We have identified four guiding principles that will serve as the foundation for knowing Indigenous New Mexico history: (1) Understanding of land; (2) Complexity of Identity; (3) Power and Hegemony; and (4) Empowerment, Agency, and Resistance. Our work includes identifying concepts connected to guiding principles that will inform the development of pedagogic exercises. We aim to seek feedback from conference participants about the usefulness of this website in their school settings.

For more information contact: Dr. Daisy Thompson, Senior Director of Indian Education at 505-362-7935