The Santa Fe Indian Center (SFIC) is excited to announce that on Indigenous Peoples’ Day of this year, October 12 2020, the Santa Fe Indian Center officially changed its name to the Santa Fe Indigenous Center.
Why the Name Change from Santa Fe Indian Center to Santa Fe Indigenous Center?
The name change was decided by unanimous vote of the Santa Fe Indigenous Center board. We prefer the word “Indigenous” to better describe the communities we aim to serve – those whose ancestors lived here since time immemorial. The term “Indigenous” is inclusive to those who refer to themselves as something other than Indian. Because the label “Indian” is one that was imposed upon us, it can never truly reflect our identities as the first peoples of this land. We recognize the use of the word “Indian” among our own communities as appropriate in many contexts. By identifying as Indigenous, we assert the power to define ourselves on our own terms.