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Expanding the Circle Summer Enrichment Program

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SANTA FE, N.M. – The Institute of American Indian Arts is currently accepting applications for the 2009 Expanding the Circle Summer Enrichment Program. The program is a three-week residential session held from June 14 – July 5 for Native American students of the 22 pueblos and tribes of New Mexico.

The program incorporates academic preparation for college and personal development instruction for high school sophomores and juniors. By participating in college courses with culturally relevant curriculum, students will have the opportunity to experience college in an environment that values their culture and promotes their success in life. In addition, participants who complete the program will earn three college credits from IAIA.

To be considered one must currently be a sophomore or junior in high school, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, be a Native American from one of New Mexico’s 22 tribes/pueblos, and commit to attending all three weeks of the program in Santa Fe. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by May 22. Interested students can also apply through the Expanding the Circle website at

Liz Bahe, Expanding the Circle director, hopes families and schools will encourage students to apply. “This program offers a unique opportunity for American Indian students from New Mexico’s tribal communities to build and expand their academic and social skills for future entrance into a higher education environment.”

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Those interested in applying should contact Alissa Chavez at (505) 424-2341 or e-mail