Santa Fe Days Organizing Committee
Our organizing committee is made up of Native people who invest many volunteer hours throughout the year to bring this dynamic affordable family event to the Carrollton, TX area.
Left to Right
Tanya Bond (Navajo) Vice President, Constance Hargis (Choctaw/Cherokee) Treasurer, Annette Anderson (Chickasaw/Cherokee) Chair and IIA – Secretary
Tosawi Pena (Comanche) Consultant and Media Advisor, Arnie Pena (Apache) American Indian Artist Consultant and Renegade Nation Color Guard
Tabitha Tan (Navajo) Texas At-Large Ambassador Raffle Director
Michael Dewey - (Blackfeet) Volunteer On-site Coordinator, Eli Hickman (Mississippi Choctaw/Navajo) Stick ball organizer and Event Director
Emilia Gaston (Eastern Band Cherokee) Hospitality Director and Event Photographer and Media Coordinator (Please note - photographers are hard to catch on the camera)
Anne Buse Photo by Lumin Essence
Anne Buse (Cherokee) Story teller and Cultural Path Bead Master
Shay Sikes (Native in Spirit) – Entertainment Director and Volunteer Development Director
Tanya Bond (Navajo/Zuni) Cultural Path Director IIA Vice-President Shay Sikes Volunteer Coordinator Jason Ortiz (Choctaw) On-site Sponsorship Liaison Pamela Pilarcik VIP Hospitality Director Colorado At-Large Ambassador Meagan Scales Peeler (Choctaw) Sponsorship Director Cory Peeler (Cherokee) Sponsorship Director Parking Director Shay Sikes Entertainment Coordinator Volunteer Development Adam Sikes Wyoming At-Large Ambassador Grace Panther (Cherokee) At-Large Ambassador Jessica Johnson Event Coordinator Co-Chair Cory Werthen Event Coordinator Co-Chair
In 2014, the Old Downtown Carrollton Merchants association transferred the leadership and official sponsorship of Santa Fe Days to the Indigenous Institute of the Americas. The IIA (Indigenous Institute of the Americas) provided cultural consultation beginning year 2008 so it was a natural transition to turn this event over to an organization whose primary function is education and preservation of Native culture.
Person’s interested in serving on the organizing committee may submit their request with information about their background and experience with organizations and event planning. Persons of Native descent will receive first consideration as the event requires knowledge of cultural protocols and sensitivity.