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

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)

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Anne Buse   Photo by Lumin Essence

Anne Buse (Cherokee)  Story teller and Cultural Path Bead Master
 Anne Buse Photo by Lumin Essence 

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.