SANTA FE INDIAN CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SANTA FE INDIAN CENTER STAFF
Kathryn Harris Tijerina (Comanche) Kathryn is an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation. She was born and raised in Comanche country in southwestern Oklahoma. She was the former President of the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA a national college of fine art). Kathryn researched and wrote for the Indian Policy Review Commission of the US Congress and was of counsel to the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee where she drafted the first Indian Religious Freedom Act. She directed the Indian Resource Development (IRD) program for the State of New Mexico’s colleges and universities. Currently in her retirement she is a member of the Native Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, member of the Board of the Santa Fe Indian Center; Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Southwestern College, serves on the Council for the Uncertain Human Future, and a National Adviser for the Americans for Indian Opportunity’s Ambassador Program. Kathryn has been married to her law school sweetheart, Manuel, for 43 years in 2019.
Caren Gala was hired as the Director of the Santa Fe Indian Center in January of 2017. She was the former Programs Director for SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market where she worked for 19+ years. “I enjoy working for Native nonprofits because I share a passion in creating opportunity for our people. There are Native people living in Santa Fe, struggling to make ends meet and to put food on the table to feed their children. Too often there are no statistics for Native people living in cities to receive services and we need to change that. The Santa Fe Indian Center is a valuable resource that is diligently working to make a difference in the lives of those requiring special services.” Caren lives in Nambe Pueblo and creates traditional Pueblo clothing in her spare time. She enjoys gardening and canning fruits & vegetables and spoiling her two grand babies.
Karen Buller, Comanche, Chair
Deborah Abeita Torres, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Vice Chair
David Sloan, Dine', Secretary
Edie Brycelea, Treasurer
Cyndi Hall, Cherokee - "I am passionate about our Native youth in the Santa Fe community. My goal working with the SFIC is to help raise the expectations for our youth, help them understand their responsibility to their community, and help them gain the confidence to succeed. As a former President of the Santa Fe Public Schools Native American Student Services Parent Committee, I understand the unique and particular needs and problems our young people face." Cyndi is the wife of Tsali Hall (Diné) and the mother of Nolan Hall, a student at Santa Fe Indian School. She is also the Associate Director of Manitou Galleries.
Nancy Davis, Turtle Mountain Chippewa