43rd Annual Santa Fe Indian School Graduation
Friday, June 26 6–8 p.m.
2020 Santa Fe Indian School 8th Grade Promotion
Saturday, June 27 10–11 a.m.
NMPBS Channel 5.3 (FNX)
Also streaming free at nmpbs.org.
NMPBS is proud to partner with The Santa Fe Indian School to broadcast the 43rd Annual SFIS Graduation and 2020 SFIS 8th Grade Promotion throughout the state and Indian Country and into the homes of the graduates and their families in a “virtual” celebration – no internet required.
Celebrating the Santa Fe Indian School Class of 2020, like so much else during the days of COVID-19, leads to unprecedented measures. This broadcast will bring together the seniors and their immediate and extended families across the 19 Pueblos, Navajo Nation, and Apache Tribes of our state for a community event, otherwise not possible during these times of social distancing.
With the toll of COVID-19 disproportionately affecting Native Americans, New Mexico tribes responded by closing borders and restricting off-reservation travel of tribal members to stop the spread of the virus. As of May 11, 2020, Native Americans make up 57% of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico but represent only 11% of the NM population.
The 43rd Annual SFIS Graduation and 2020 SFIS 8th Grade Promotion, broadcast on NMPBS Channel 5.3 (FNX) defy both the digital divide and the COVID-19 social distancing requirements to join a community together in the celebration of student accomplishments, community resilience, and the hopes of promising futures for tribal youth.
The Santa Fe Indian School is an off-reservation boarding school that is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. They serve approximately 725 students from the 19 Pueblos, Navajo Nation, and Apache Tribes of New Mexico. SFIS was established in 1890 Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school but has been tribally-controlled since the 1977 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. SFIS is a national leader in Indian Education, as is a flagship school of the Bureau of Indian Educations 183 schools nationwide.