Skip to main content

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


The SIPI Board of Regents serves as the official representative group for the college and has significant roles in both advisory and policy making for the college. Working closely with the SIPI President, the Board strives to develop a working relationship to enable shared governance with administration, faculty, staff, and students. This eleven-member board are representatives appointed by their respective tribal entities and includes the Student Government Association President, as well as SIPI's President Emeritus. In 1974, the BOR incorporated in the State of New Mexico and the following year received IRS determination as a Non-Profit Organization under Section 501(c)(3).


The Board of Regents has an office in the SIPI Administration Building (Building 106). This office houses various grant programs that support the mission of SIPI.


Current Regents

Adam J. Begaye


Navajo Nation (New Mexico)


Tanya Lewis

Vice Chair

Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (North)


Esther Peterson


Navajo Nation (Arizona)


Dr. John Bush

Board Member

Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (South) 


Darrel Flyingman

Board Member

Oklahoma Tribes


Owen Little

Board Member

Mescalero Apache Tribe


Samantha Sanchez

Board Member

President, SIPI Student Government Assoc.


Francis Tafoya

Board Member

Eight Northern Pueblos




Southern Pueblos Council 



SIPI President Emeritus



*Board members are tribally appointed and represent the primary tribes served by SIPI.



Board of Regents Staff

William Lohr

Director of Development

SIPI Board of Regents

(505) 922-6512

[email protected]