SFCC participates in Red Sand Project

Student Tara Duran, SFCC custodial manager Emanuel "Manny" Arnold and Associate Dean Brooke Gondara spread red sand in the Santa Fe Community College Courtyard.

Reyna Varela (SFCC Lead Custodian) participated in the Red Sand Project.

Student Tara Duran, president of the campus Native American Club, reflects about the serious nature of the Red Sand installation as she places the sand.

Marvin Galbadon, SFCC data technician, meticulously places red sand for the art installation.

SFCC's student president of the Native American Club Tara Duran, SFCC data technician Marvin Galbadon and organizer of Native American Heritage Month activities and associate dean Brooke Gondara, who organized the Red Sand Project at Santa Fe Community College.

Santa Fe Community College continued its activities for Native American Heritage month on Nov. 27.  The movie Wind River was shown. The film centers on the disappearance of an indigenous woman.

The SFCC community was invited to the Courtyard for the Red Sand Project. The organization encourages public art (sometimes sidewalk) projects that incorporate red sand to raise awareness about human trafficking. The participatory installations help create dialog and lead people to question, connect and take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation.

A disproportionate number of girls and women from Native communities have disappeared as the result of exploitation and violence. See this recent story by the Associated Press, “Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women.”

The main organizers of the SFCC Red Sand installation were Tara Duran, student president of SFCC’s Native American Club (who is enrolled with Pojoaque Pueblo and also has Navajo roots); Marvin Galbadon, SFCC data technician (and an organizer of Native American Heritage Month activities from San Juan Pueblo) and Brooke Gondara, SFCC associate dean (an organizer of the Red Sand campus event, Northern Cheyenne).

Both Brooke Gondara and Tara Duran said they were particularly moved to participate since both have lost family members to violence.

Here  are some reports about missing Native women:

Coming Together to Address Human Trafficking in Native Communities

Increasing Public Awareness of Missing and Murdered Native Women

Thanks to SFCC Librarian Sarah Hood for providing the links to this information. For more information on diversity activities on campus, please contact Aamna Nayyar, Chair President Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC)

If you missed reading about the Native American Heritage Month opening ceremony and lecture in last week’s Campus Weekly, see photos and read more here.

The activities for Native American Heritage Month at SFCC were sponsored by the SFCC Native Community, PDAC and the SACNAS Club.