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Santa Fe Indian School Food Services Department

Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Mission: The Ideal Santa Fe Indian School Graduates will understand the issues facing tribes in the Southwest and will be committed to maintaining Native American cultural values. They will participate in the culture of their communities, and will have the skills to pursue the education or careers that will benefit them, their families and their people. These skills will include:

  • Creative problem solving, using the analysis of complex problems, the synthesis of collected data, and the communication of clear solutions.
  • Critical, confident, independent and interdependent lifelong learning.
  • Working productively with all types of people and making good choices.

A FoodCorps member will bring value to our organization’s mission and broader work by enabling us to further integrate the Food Services department with academic programming, assist in expanding on the procurement of local foods, extend student learning regarding gardening and agricultural life ways, provide more consistent attention to nutrition and healthy eating and support our school’s Farm to School movement of self-sufficiency and food sovereignty. Santa Fe Indian School is a residential middle and high school Located in Santa Fe, NM. The origin of this school is a boarding school meant to separate and colonize the Indigenous children of the area. Now the school is run collaboratively by the 19 Pueblos across the state of New Mexico.

The FoodCorps service member at SFIS is a part of the New Mexico cohort that includes 10 service members across 8 different service sites. Service sites in New Mexico are located in what has come to be known as the cities of Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Anthony. We acknowledge and seek to continually honor that all land within the present borders of New Mexico were originally entrusted and stewarded by Indigenous Peoples. Through a journey of cultural humility, we serve at each site with the knowledge that each of these geographical and cultural boundaries have been constructed as a result of unjust historical events. New Mexico prides itself on our population, which consists of a majority of People of Color, and the deep well of cultural assets each ethnic group adds to our communities. As a result of racist ideologies and concurrent policies that have systematically marginalized these populations, New Mexico currently has the lowest quality of life for children and some of the highest hunger and poverty rates in the nation. With this historical pretext and a systems change approach as the foundation, service members will engage with children, families and communities to offer food education through a decolonial, equitable, anti-racist lens with support from site supervisors, community, and state staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Food Gardening (in arid climates)
  • Southwest native plants
  • Exuberance for working with middle school aged students
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with a variety of stakeholders
  • Familiarity with New Mexico tribes and communities
  • Interest in nutrition and healthy cooking and eating
  • Interest in pre-Colombian Indigenous foods (highly preferred, but optional)
  • Interest in Native Food Sovereignty (highly preferred, but optional)
  • Composting and soil regeneration

Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Mission: The Ideal Santa Fe Indian School Graduates will understand the issues facing tribes in the Southwest and will be committed to maintaining Native American cultural values. They will participate in the culture of their communities, and will have the skills to pursue the education or careers that will benefit them, their families and their people. These skills will include:

  • Creative problem solving, using the analysis of complex problems, the synthesis of collected data, and the communication of clear solutions.
  • Critical, confident, independent and interdependent lifelong learning.
  • Working productively with all types of people and making good choices.

A FoodCorps member will bring value to our organization’s mission and broader work by enabling us to further integrate the Food Services department with academic programming, assist in expanding on the procurement of local foods, extend student learning regarding gardening and agricultural life ways, provide more consistent attention to nutrition and healthy eating and support our school’s Farm to School movement of self-sufficiency and food sovereignty. Santa Fe Indian School is a residential middle and high school Located in Santa Fe, NM. The origin of this school is a boarding school meant to separate and colonize the Indigenous children of the area. Now the school is run collaboratively by the 19 Pueblos across the state of New Mexico.

The FoodCorps service member at SFIS is a part of the New Mexico cohort that includes 10 service members across 8 different service sites. Service sites in New Mexico are located in what has come to be known as the cities of Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Anthony. We acknowledge and seek to continually honor that all land within the present borders of New Mexico were originally entrusted and stewarded by Indigenous Peoples. Through a journey of cultural humility, we serve at each site with the knowledge that each of these geographical and cultural boundaries have been constructed as a result of unjust historical events. New Mexico prides itself on our population, which consists of a majority of People of Color, and the deep well of cultural assets each ethnic group adds to our communities. As a result of racist ideologies and concurrent policies that have systematically marginalized these populations, New Mexico currently has the lowest quality of life for children and some of the highest hunger and poverty rates in the nation. With this historical pretext and a systems change approach as the foundation, service members will engage with children, families and communities to offer food education through a decolonial, equitable, anti-racist lens with support from site supervisors, community, and state staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Food Gardening (in arid climates)
  • Southwest native plants
  • Exuberance for working with middle school aged students
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with a variety of stakeholders
  • Familiarity with New Mexico tribes and communities
  • Interest in nutrition and healthy cooking and eating
  • Interest in pre-Colombian Indigenous foods (highly preferred, but optional)
  • Interest in Native Food Sovereignty (highly preferred, but optional)
  • Composting and soil regeneration