Published on November 23, 2012 by Amy
The Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) is a secondary school (middle and high school) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. It was founded in 1890 as a boarding school for Native American children from the state’s Indian pueblos. But in the course of its history, the school has also served as a major cultural catalyst for the Native American community throughout the United States. Beginning as a boarding school for students, the school expanded its offerings in the 1920s and 1930s.
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In 1932, Dorothy Dunn established “The Studio School” at the Santa Fe Indian School. It was a painting program for Native Americans, which encouraged students to develop a painting style that was derived from their cultural traditions. Dunn left in 1937 was replaced by Geronima Cruz Montoya of Ohkay Owingeh, who taught until the program closed in 1962, with the opening of the Institute of American Indian Arts.
In 2004 and 2005, SFIS underwent an extensive $40,000,000 Campus Relocation Project. The new facilities include: High School Dormitory, Middle School Dormitory, Humanities Building, Practical & Fine Arts Building, Middle School Academics Building, Student Life Center, Central Plant, Football Stadium, and a 4-field Baseball-Softball Complex. In July 2008, the All Indian Pueblo Council, which administers the school, began demolishing the old campus, raising questions about whether the National Historic Preservation Act and other federal laws were violated. Some of the oldest structures dated to the 19th century.