Native Curriculum Partnership (NCP)

During FY23, the New Mexico State Legislature awarded $1,500,000 in Tribal Education Initiatives to the University of New Mexico. The Center of Regional Studies, the Department of Native American Studies, and the Institute for American Indian Education submitted a proposal and were awarded $200,000 in Research and Public Service Project (RPSP) funding. This “Native Curriculum Partnership” (NCP) began collaborating with local tribal leaders, Native educators, and community consultants to initiate the process of creating Indigenous film and curriculum materials for K-12 students in New Mexico. CRS’s Aracely Chapa is creating the films.


Members of UNM's Native Curriculum Partnership:

Center for Regional Studies:

Dr. Lloyd L. Lee (Director)

Aracely “Arcie” Chapa (Filmmaker & Manager of Multimedia Services)

Alisha Fitzgerald (Program Coordinator)


Native American Studies:

Dr. Tiffany Lee (Chair and Professor)

Dr. Wendy Greyeyes (Associate Professor)

Dr. Leola Paquin (Associate Professor)


Institute for American Indian Education:

Dr. Lorenda Belone (Associate Professor)

Dr. Shawn Secatero (Associate Professor)


Graduate Assistants:

Marina Perez (Ph.D. student in Art History)

Halle Sago (MARCH student in Architecture)



Natalie Martinez, PhD (Lecturer III, Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies)

Renata Yazzie, MA (Musicology & Piano Performance)