THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MICHAEL A. NARANJO TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE
CULTURE AND ARTS DEVELOPMENT
The President today announced his intent to nominate Michael A. Naranjo to the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development.
Michael A. Naranjo of Espanol, New Mexico, is a sculptor and member of the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe. In 1968, while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was blinded as a result of a grenade explosion. When he returned to New Mexico, he relied on vivid memories of his experience for his work as a sculptor. His work has been featured in the Albuquerque Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, the Vatican and the White House. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Indian Resources Institute, the New Mexico Veteran of the Year award by the New Mexico Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Profiles in Courage Award by the New Mexico Vietnam Veteran's Association.
The Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development is responsible for the direction and control of the Institute of American Indian Arts. The mission of the Institute is to promote the preservation and development of American Indian and Alaska Native arts and culture through programs of education and outreach to students, tribal communities and the public. The Institute is the only educational institution in the world devoted solely to the study and practice of the artistic and cultural traditions of all American Indians.