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Mr. Paul Rainbird

Wrong Paul Rainbird?


Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents

Employment History

  • President
  • President
    The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts , Inc.
  • Tribal Attorney
    San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Lieutenant Governor
    San Ildefonso Pueblo

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    San Ildefonso Pueblo
9 Total References
Web References
bead show: Bead Expo 2003 Registration, 25 Aug 1999 [cached]
Perspectives on Presenting Ceremonial and Material Culture - Paul Rainbird
Photo Amiotte Workshop 99Mr. Rainbird discusses Indian and non-Indian perspectives on presenting and possessing materials that have sacred significance to Indian tribes.When is it permissible to cross the line between sacred and secular, and what are the implications for Indian people? Attitudes and accepted practices have changed over the centuries.This lecture looks at how contemporary Indian people seek to both share and protect their tribe's culture, heritage, and artifacts.
A member of San Ildefonso Pueblo (Tewa), Mr. Rainbird comes from a long line of famous artists, most notably Rose Gonzales, his grandmother.He has directed two of the U.S.'s largest Indian art organizations : the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which organizes Indian Market.Since 1986, he has been a member of the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents, and has served as its president.Currently he lectures on Indian Art.
Rainbird gets jail time in ..., 17 Oct 2011 [cached]
Rainbird gets jail time in cigarette-taxes case
A federal judge sentenced Paul Rainbird, former lieutenant governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo, to 33 months in prison and fined him more than $90,000 for selling contraband cigarettes.
Rainbird, 58, who in the mid-1990s directed the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which sponsors the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, pleaded guilty in July to two felony charges and five misdemeanors related to selling untaxed cigarettes over the Internet from a location in Albuquerque.
Rainbird was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Browning and must report to federal marshals this week.
Court documents show Rainbird's business sold more than $20 million worth of cigarettes between 2003 and his arrest in 2008.
Before entering into the plea agreement, federal prosecutors alleged that Rainbird, through his business American Indian CigCo, evaded paying more than $7 million in cigarette taxes. The government says Rainbird's enterprise had more than 6,000 out-of-state customers in about 30 states.
The misdemeanor counts to which he pleaded involved failure to notify state officials in Illinois, New York and Maryland about his sales.
Rainbird admitted to using false documents to buy tax-free cigarettes from two Albuquerque wholesalers.
The fines imposed in his sentence include $60,000 to be paid to San Ildefonso Pueblo and $34,500 in restitution to the state Taxation and Revenue Department.
In addition to the prison time and fines, the federal government confiscated nearly $170,000 from four bank accounts, a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2004 Infinity FX and 4,829 cartons of cigarettes.
Rainbird isn't the only American Indian official who has been in the news in recent months over tax-free cigarette issues.
Voices of voters, 8 Oct 2004 [cached]
"I look at Cheney and his record, and I found without doubt that he was very misleading," said Paul Rainbird, a former president of Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.
Santa Fe New Mexican [cached]
The co-founder of the corporation -- which also includes members from the San Ildefonso, Choctaw and Apache nations -- is Paul Rainbird, a tribal attorney for San Ildefonso Pueblo and Nambé Pueblo planner.
The Citizens Voice, 1 Oct 2004 [cached]
Kerry backer Paul Rainbird, former president of the Southwestern Association for Indian Art, lamented the diverseness of American politics in recent months, saying the rancor is scary to him."We're not listening to each other," he said."We're not opening our hearts.We're just at each others' throats."
Rainbird wasn't referring to panel.
"We're going to be (in Iraq) for at least a year or two," Rainbird said.
When the United States invaded Iraq last year, Rainbird said, "we didn't see any weapons of mass destruction launched.
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