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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.


Current Regents:  

Haeyalyn Muniz, Chair

Jicarilla Apache Nation


Darrell Flyingman, Vice Chair

Oklahoma Tribes


Dr. John Bush, Board Member

Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona


Roger Fragua, Board Member

Southern Governors Council 


Esther Peterson, Board Member

Navajo Nation-Arizona


Francis Tafoya, Board Member

Eight Northern Pueblos


Bernalyn Via, Board Member

Mescalero Apache Tribe


Alyson Weston, Board Member

SIPI Student Government Association



Navajo Nation-New Mexico



Southern Ute Indian Tribe



Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association


Dr. Sherry Allison, Ex-Officio Member
SIPI President



Maria “Teresa” Gachupin, Program Support (505) 922-6512


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


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