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Board of Regents


SIPI is advised by an eleven member Board of Regents (BOR) who represents and are appointed by the following tribal entities: Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Navajo Nation (New Mexico and Arizona), Eight Northern Pueblos, Ten Southern Pueblos, Southern Ute Tribe, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Oklahoma Tribes, Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association, and the SIPI Student Senate. The BOR works with the SIPI administration in determining goals and activities for long-range development. 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 a Program Assistant and staff of various grant programs that support the mission of SIPI.




Haeyalyn Muniz, Chair

Jicarilla Apache Nation


Darrell Flyingman, Vice Chair

Oklahoma Tribes


Esther Peterson, Secretary

Navajo Nation-Arizona


Dr. John Bush, Board Member

Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona - South


Francis Tafoya, Board Member

Eight Northern Pueblos


Bobbie Thomas, Board Member

SIPI Student Government Association


Bernalyn “Gina” Via, Board Member

Mescalero Apache Tribe



Southern Governors Council 



Navajo Nation-New Mexico



Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona - North



Northern Plains Tribes


Dr. Sherry Allison, Ex-Officio Member
SIPI President



Dr. Nader Vadiee, Principal Investigator, VIP ROSE STEM Program (505) 280-3664


Jackie Martin, Program Support, NASA, (505) 918-1333