Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Names PR Director, Board Appointments

ICTMN Staff
2/4/16

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) — the non-profit that produces Santa Fe Indian Market (August 20-21, 2016) , the world’s oldest and most prestigious juried Indian Market — has appointed its executive committee and 2016 board members.

Elizabeth Pettus, President of the Santa Fe Downtown Merchants’ Association, has been elected Board Chair. Pettus succeeds Bitah N. Becker (Navajo), and brings years of experience in the area of Native American authenticity—with an expertise in jewelry. "I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with SWAIA and in a greater capacity," says Pettus.

Lloyd Skip Sayer, currently the Chief of Sales and Marketing at Laguna Development Corporation, will serve as the board’s treasurer and Dominique Toya (Jemez) will act as the secretary. Both Sayer and Toya have been involved with the SWAIA community for many years. Roger Fragua (Jemez) maintains his position as Vice Chair, and Rosalie Chavez (Navajo) and Andrew Masiel (Pechanga Band) were inducted as new board members.

Events that celebrate the best of New Mexico culture, while bolstering the local economy and bringing in tourism, are what I love -- and no event does that better than Santa Fe Indian Market!” said Crocker.SWAIA also welcomes a new PR and Marketing Director Amanda Crocker to its staff. Crocker is a native New Mexican and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she obtained degrees in anthropology and Spanish. Prior to joining SWAIA, Crocker worked as Director of Programs and Marketing at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum for 11 years, coordinating ten public events per year and handling all advertising and media relations.

"I am both honored and excited for this opportunity to work with SWAIA. Events that celebrate the best of New Mexico culture, while bolstering the local economy and bringing in tourism, are what I love — and no event does that better than Santa Fe Indian Market!" said Crocker.

"We are delighted with the new board appointments and our new Marketing Director, which speak to the health of our organization," said Chief Operating Officer Dallin Maybee.

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No disrespect to Crocker, but it's sad to know we have Native graduates from UNM with Marketing degrees and lifelong experience in Native Arts who are unemployed. Why aren't job opportunities such as this known? SWAIA needs to improve their job information & outreach to tribes.
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