About Native American Affairs
Native American Affairs (NAA) at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center assists in the delivery of quality, competent medical care and serves as a health resource for the Native American populations of New Mexico. NAA supports UNM SRMC's mission of improving the overall health of the community by providing the highest quality healthcare services that meet the needs of our diverse population, while promoting medical education. Services provided by Native American Affairs include:
- Coordination of services agreements with tribal health centers and IHS clinics on matters pertaining to billing, patient information and scheduling
- Patient and family advocacy
- Providing guidance to UNM SRMC providers to assist with cultural needs of Native American patients
- Provide education and information on Native American health issues
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Native American Artwork at UNM SRMC
UNM SRMC has worked closely with the Tribes of Sandoval County to obtain artwork that contributes meaningful content to our facility and establishes a personal connection between UNM SRMC and the Native American population. The artwork commissioned by UNM SRMC is unique to each Tribe and artist and reflects the particular Tribe's perspectives on health and well-being, elements connected to their communities and elements of healing. By partnering with Tribes of Sandoval County, UNM SRMC hopes to create a sense of place for the native populations and demonstrate the respect for and commitment to the health and well-being of the Native American communities. Here are some of the beautiful pieces UNM SRMC proudly displays:
"Spiritual Gifts" by Marcellus Medina, Zia Pueblo
This piece represents courage, love, faith, hope, and enlightentment. The ethereal mural of clouds, butterflies, birds, and “Indian angels” symbolizes rejuvenation, the vitality of life and the connectedness of all things. At the center is the "Mother of the Universe", who is holding the cosmic energy force for healing of the heart, mind, body and soul. As a whole, the piece tells a story of healing, life, and universal faith portrayed through symbols and images considered sacred in Zia Pueblo. The 6-foot by 26-foot painting is permanently displayed on the first floor of UNM SRMC.
"Life" by Felix Vigil, Jicarilla Apache
This piece is inspired by the “Bear Dance” ceremony that represents healing and wellbeing. “While we live in a modern society, there is always a close connection to the vision of our ancestors. We carry on as people who are proud of our cultural heritage and learn new things to survive and thrive in a modern world,” said Vigil. “I incorporated different images that are important and held sacred to our Jicarilla culture. However, these images are my interpretation and don’t expose any cultural elements that are private.” The painting is permanently displayed on the third floor atrium by the Intensive Care Unit and the Community Conference Room.
Tapestry: "Spiritual Nutrition" by Martha Chosa; Clay Figurine: "Song of Hope" by Lynn Toledo; Wedding Vase: "United as One" by Rosalie Toya; Painting: "Mother Earth's Blessing" by Laura Fragua-Cota. Joseph Loretto Sr. crafted the cubical woodwork that beautifully frames each piece.
The Pueblo of Jemez dedicated these five pieces to UNM SRMC in October of 2013. The pieces were commissioned by UNM SRMC through the Pueblo of Jemez Collaborative Art Project and are permanently displayed in the 2nd Floor Lobby of the hospital. Each piece represents the traditional values of the Pueblo and are symbolic of health, creation, nutrition, union, prayer, Mother Earth, comfort and peace. Together, the artwork represents the statement, "Health is a gift; it is a part of our Creation."