2021 Indigenous Education Research Conference


It is a pleasure to announce the 5th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference. The conference, which is organized by the faculty and staff of Institute for American Indian Education at the University of New Mexico, takes place virtually on April 22 nd, 2021.

About the Conference

The College of Education & Human Science at the University of New Mexico leads the nation in the number of Native faculty that represent a diversity of Indigenous Peoples. Individually each faculty member is engaged in research that serves Indigenous Peoples and Nations. Collectively, Native faculty engage in critical dialogue on issues of scholarship/research, teaching, and service. We acknowledge and operationalize the importance of engaging in research that recognizes the integrity of cultural sovereignty as it is exercised by Indigenous Nations. As educators, scholars, and Indigenous Peoples, we are cognizant of the critical role that education, Western and Indigenous-centered, has on pedagogy, policy, research, and practice. It is in this spirit that the idea for this research conference emerged.

The theme of the 5th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference is Strengthening Educational Sovereignty: Challenges to and possibilities for addressing critical Native education issues in contentious times.

Affirming and asserting educational sovereignty and rights is a priority for the Native Nations of New Mexico. This priority is constrained by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and delays of the Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico remedies. Simultaneously, Indigenous Peoples are engaged in important work as educators, community organizers,

leaders, researchers, and policy actors to reaffirm and implement educational initiatives that address the issues and challenges of instructional delivery and educational reform.

Who Attends the Conference?

The intended audience for this conference includes Indigenous youth, educators, scholars, and community members.

Important Dates

Deadline for proposal submission EXTENDED: March 8, 2021
Notification of acceptance: March 12, 2021
Notification of confirming attendance: April 2, 2021
Conference: April 22, 2021 – 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (MST)
Platform: Zoom

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Registration for the conference is free and now open.

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We look forward to virtually seeing you at the 5th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference.



IERC Planning Committee