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It is a pleasure to invite you to the 4th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference. The conference, which is organized by the Native Faculty in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico, takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 24th and 25th, 2019.

About the Conference 

The College of Education 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 4th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference is Revisiting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP): Centering Indigenous Peoples and Our Communities. This theme engages the Indigenous research community to commemorate the historical and political significance of UNDRIP for Indigenous Peoples with special attention to Articles 14 and 15 that address education:

Article 14 

  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning. 
  2. Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination. 
  3. States shall, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, take effective measures, in order for indigenous individuals, particularly children, including those living outside their communities, to have access, when possible, to an education in their own culture and provided in their own language. 

Article 15 

  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information. 
  2. States shall take effective measures, in consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned, to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and to promote tolerance, understanding and good relations among indigenous peoples and all other segments of society. 

Who Attends the Conference?

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

Important Dates

Deadline for proposal submission: February 22, 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2019
Early bird registration deadline: April 12, 2019 

Registration Fees & Deadlines

Faculty and Community: $30 early bird registration by April 12, 2019. $40 after April 12, 2019
Graduate Students: $10 open registration
Undergraduate Students: $5
K-12 Students/Elders (60 and Older): $0 registration and fee waiver must be provided at registration 

K- 12 Student: Download youth fee waiver here
Fee will be waived for our Elder community (60 and older). Please send a direct message to to register.

Register Here

We look forward to seeing you at the 4th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference.

UNM Native Faculty & IERC Planning Committee 

Where can I get more information?


Thank you to your contributors

Kiva Club logo
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center logo
Institute for American Indian Research logo
Indigenous Nations Library Program
UNM College of Education logo

Dean Hector Ochoa

Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Graduate Student Leadership Association (COE-GSLA)