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Meet the Native American Advisory Group
Rebecca Hammond is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and an educator at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. In addition to her work as a teacher, Rebecca's experience includes conducting archaeological research in the Four Corners area and working with collections at Chicago's Field Museum as part of that institution's efforts to repatriate cultural items under NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act). As a member of Crow Canyon's education department, she teaches children and adults respect for American Indian perspectives on contemporary and past cultures of the region. Rebecca was a member of the Native American Advisory Group from 1995 to 2003; she rejoined the group in 2008.
Benny Lujan is Tribal Sheriff and former Head War Chief of the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh. Benny attributes his strong interest in the preservation of Pueblo culture to his mother, who encouraged him to follow traditional ways from an early age. For more than a decade, Benny has been head drummer for all traditional dances and ceremonies at Ohkay Owingeh. In addition, he is cofounder of the Ice Mountain Dance Group, which teaches young people ages 2 through 20 traditional language, songs, dances, and ways of life. As War Chief, Benny was in charge of all religious ceremonies at Ohkay Owingeh, and as sheriff, he oversees the pueblo's police department, tribal courts, department of education, community enterprises, and senior citizen and wellness and diabetes programs.
Susan Malutin of the Native Village of Afognak in Kodiak, Alaska, is descended from Alutiiq ancestors who inhabited the Kodiak Archipelago and surrounding areas. A respected teacher of Alutiiq heritage, Susan is especially interested in cultural education, native language preservation, and the ancient art of Alutiiq skin sewing. She pursues all three interests through her involvement with the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, her position as program coordinator for Dig Afognak cultural camp, and her role as head teacher for the Native Village of Afognak after-school program. Susan received the 2002 Alaska Heritage Artist of the Year Award and the 2006 Margaret Nick Cook Award for Alaskan Native Arts and Language. She became a member of Crow Canyon's Native American Advisory Group in 2002.
Donna Pino is the Program Manager for the Language and Culture Program at the Pueblo of Santa Ana. With a master's degree in bilingual education and linguistics, Donna has a longstanding interest in the preservation of Pueblo language and culture. Before assuming her current position, Donna taught multicultural education at the University of Albuquerque, the College of Santa Fe, and the University of New Mexico, and she offered teacher-training workshops on how to develop culturally relevant lessons and materials for public schools. In addition, as Program Coordinator for the Albuquerque Public Schools Native American Bilingual Education Program, Donna and her staff developed a Native American curriculum for all students. Throughout her career, Donna has collaborated with many organizations at the local, state, and national levels to advocate for equity in educating Native American students and teachers.
Marie Reyna is a silversmith and educator from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Marie's interest in art and education led her to establish a youth arts program at the Oo-oona Art Museum and to serve on the board of the Taos Pueblo Day School; she is also director of the Tiwa Culture and Language Camp. Marie is a charter member of Crow Canyon's Native American Advisory Group, having joined in 1995.
Ed Shije is a professional educator and former Governor and War Chief of Zia Pueblo. After obtaining his master's degree in industrial education, Ed taught at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and in several public schools in New Mexico. A college runner, Ed has also coached boys and girls cross-country running and baseball. Today, Ed is a traditional buckskin tanner who specializes in Pueblo-style moccasins and other leather crafts and offers workshops on brain-tanning and moccasin-making throughout the Southwest.
Joseph Henry Suina is professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico's College of Education, former governor of Cochiti Pueblo, and former director of the Institute for American Indian Education. Joseph has devoted much of his career to assessing student learning and developing training programs for educators who teach American Indian students. Currently a member of the Cochiti Pueblo tribal council, Joseph is also president and chief executive officer of the Cochiti Community Development Corporation and chair of the Cochiti Language Revival Committee. Joseph joined Crow Canyon's Native American Advisory Group in 2008 and became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2009.
Chris Toya is a Jemez Pueblo tribal member and archaeologist who serves as the traditional cultural properties manager for the pueblo. Chris is also actively engaged in traditional knowledge and language preservations programs in his community. Over the years, Chris has attended a number of on-campus cultural workshops and served as a scholar on several Crow Canyon's travel adventures that have explored connections between the ancient and modern Pueblo worlds.
Rose Wyaco, of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, is an elementary school teacher who is active in language and cultural preservation efforts at Zuni. She worked as a Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she archived historic Zuni photographs and collections. Rose joined the Native American Advisory Group in 2004.