SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – The Institute of American Indian Arts announces that President Obama has appointed Bidtah N. Becker, an assistant attorney general for the Navajo Nation, to IAIA's Board of Trustees.
, Navajo, will serve a term expiring on May 19, 2018.
replaces Perry R. Eaton, Sugpiaq Alutiiq of Alaksa, who is the president and chief executive officer of Alaska Village Initiatives
As a part of the 12-member Board of Trustees, Becker
will formulate policies and bylaws for IAIA
, as well as direct strategic planning to ensure sufficient resources.
Opening first as a high school in 1962, Congress reorganized the Institute in 1988 granting the Institute of American Indian Arts charter status as the nation's only fine arts college solely devoted to the arts and cultural tradition of all American Indians
President continues to appoint Institute's Board of Trustees today.
Preservation and the continuation of the Indigenous arts is preservation and continuation of the first peoples in North America, according to the Congressional charter.
Becker is Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice.
She also served in the Water Rights Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice from 2004 to 2012, and in the Human Services and Government Unit from 2002 to 2004.
Earlier in her career, Becker taught government courses at the Santa Fe Indian School and was also a Chaplain in Residence at the Georgetown University Campus Ministry.
She serves on the Board of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.
received a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.