DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute

Keora Flanary-Olayvar

DOI / VISTA: Keora Flanary-Olayvar
Supervisor: Dorothy Wester
Address: 9169 Coors Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
County: Bernalillo County
Voice Telephone: 505-346-7731
Web site:
Congressional District: 1
Bureau: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is a National Indian Community College that TCU Logoprepares Native American students to be productive life-long learners as tribal members in an ever-changing global environment. SIPI is federally funded through the US Department of Interior / Bureau of Indian Education. The Bureau of Indian Educations’ mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. As a land grant institution, SIPI partners with tribes, employers, and other organizations with a stake in Indian education. An enduring commitment to student success is the hallmark of SIPI’s operations.

About the Surrounding Community

Within the surrounding area, the total work-force within each of the tribes ranges between 200 and 2,000. Pueblos seem to be below average, ranging from 6% to 33% among the largest groups. The employment and poverty rates seem to be average compared to other tribal groups. The DOI/VISTA TCU Team Member will assess NM tribes regarding employment opportunities, training and technical assistance needs in agriculture/land conservation; engage community members, especially youth, in agribusiness economic development strategies. 

The total enrollment of students at SIPI from the Pueblos listed is 286 which includes numbers from the summer 2013, fall 2013 and spring 2014. SIPI would like to increase the number of students enrolled in their academic programs and assist students in completing a certificate or an associate degree, transfer to a university to further their education and improve employability that leads to increased success in becoming employed. 

The communities/local Pueblos (with zip codes) being targeted for the project are listed:Acoma (87049), Isleta (87022), Jemez (87024), Zia (87053), Sandia (87004/87047), Santa Ana (87004), Santo Domingo (87052), Laguna (87026/87038), San Felipe (87001). 

Project Overview

SIPI LogoDOI/VISTA-TCU Team Member Tiffany Hoang is expanding the reach of extension programs, educational resources, nutrition and foodservice vocation recruitment, and research capacity over a larger geographical context to serve more tribal members. The goal of this project is to assist New Mexico tribes in building community knowledge, skills, and employment opportunities in agriculture/land conservation. The project will include assessing tribes to support a sustainable future and for the development of a workforce with diverse skills that can fulfill the needs of the community and support economic development and improve access of resources through grant research and writing. 

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