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Marissa Joe - Landscape Architecture

Marissa Joe is from the Hopi and Navajo Nations. She is from the Village of Sipaulovi, Second Mesa Arizona. She is  Honwungwa (Bear Clan). Born for Kinyaa' áanii  (Towering House Clan). Her maternal grandfather is Tódich'íi'nii (Bitterwater) and her paternal grandfather is Tó tsohnii (Big Water). She is in her final year of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture and Planning. She will receive her masters with a graduate minor in Community & Regional Planning as well as a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism. She hold a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Plant Biology. Marissa has extensive experience working as a field botanist in Northern Arizona and Mexico. She is a certified Permaculture Designer and worked several years as an apprentice with Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture doing traditional orchard restoration, traditional agricultural revitalization and natural building. For iD+Pi, she has worked as a project assistant since the Fall of 2012. She has worked on the Nambe Plaza project, Zuni Mainstreet project, Santo Domingo project, Taos Pueblo Comprehensive Plan and is currently working on the Cochiti Plaza Revitalization project.  

Sandra Anderson

Project Assistant
Sandra Anderson - Community and Regional Planning

Sandra is, originally from Fort Defiance, Arizona, a citizen of the Navajo Nation and is Towering House clan and born for the Towering House clan. Her maternal grandfather is from the Meadow People clan and her paternal grandfather is from the Bitter Water clan. She is a proud mother of two children, Dru and Davina. Presently, Sandra is the IT & Website Development Coordinator for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and is the project leader on AIANTA’s upcoming Destination Website, NATIVEAMERICA.TRAVEL. The website is to offer travelers the most comprehensive and compelling tourism/travel experiences and destinations Indian Country has to offer. In addition to being a versatile tool for visitors, the website will provide tribes with a collective marketing tool to showcase their unique tourism assets with an architectural navigation framework built for tribes to create maps utilizing their own data. Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and a second degree in Native American studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at UNM in the Community and Regional Planning Program with an emphasis in natural resources. Upon graduation, Sandra plans to become a tribal planner for her Tribe or for an organization devoted to planning Indigenous wellbeing. With a strong background in tourism, Indigenous planning and information technology, Sandra is valuable component to the Chaco Project team. She is highly experienced in helping companies reach their organizational and financial objectives. 

Victor

Project Assistant 
Victor Pascual - Landscape Architecture

Victor, who is Navajo and Mayan of the Bitterwater clan born for Nakai Dine, is currently in his first year of his three and half year program in a Master's of Architecture program at the University of New Mexico. Born and raised in northwest New Mexico, just within the edges of the Navajo reservation, Victor is a New Mexico native at heart, which influenced his decision to apply to the MArch program at UNM. During his undergraduate years, he studied Visual Communications where he developed an understanding of design that would kickstart his career into the design profession. Upon completion of his B.F.A, Victor moved to the city of Seattle to pursue a career in graphic and interactive visual design and landed various jobs, including Microsoft, Starbucks and a successful design firm called G.A. Creative. His success would continue to grow as he further built his professional network and eventually launching his design practice. A primary focus of the practice was to search for more meaningful work–work that was rich in community and served purposes. His clientele included such non-profit organizations as the University of Washington, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Social Justice Fund Northwest, University of Arizona and others. 

After a long stint with Seattle life, Victor decided to return to New Mexico to begin planning for graduate school and a major career shift. His longtime interest in architecture had sparked upon moving back and it became clear what he had wanted to focus on. In his free time, Victor enjoys exploring and photographing New Mexico’s historic and contemporary architecture, landscapes, and culture. He is also active within the design community and serves on the board for AIGA New Mexico bringing a host of design programming to the city. He is also co-founder for Creative Mornings Albuquerque, an effort to showcase creative talent within the city on a monthly basis.

"My interest in this project is based on two learning goals, to learn more about the planning process within my tribal community and how to work with people within that community and lastly, the cultural relevance and understanding of place and the people within that space. This project and the work involved are essential to both my academic and professional career goals as a future architect."

Angelina

Project Assistant 
Angelina Grey - Community & Regional Planning

"Yá’áát’ééh, shi ké, shi diné’í. Shi éí Angelina Grey yinishye. To' tsoni nish'lo', Ki'ya'aani' ba'shish'chiin. Ta'nees'ani e' da'shi che', Dibe' łizh'ni' e' da'shi nalí. Akoo’ tao éí saní nish’lí.

Greetings, my relations, my people. My name is Angelina Grey. I am of the Big Water Clan, Born for the Towering House Clan. My Maternal Grandfathers are the Tangle Clan, and my Paternal Grandfathers are the Black Sheep Clan. This is how I identify myself as a Navajo woman."

Angelina is a New Mexico native originally from the Vanderwagen area, specifically from the small rural communities of Chi-Chil-Tah (“Among the oak trees”) and Jones Ranch. These adjacent communities are often recognized as one—ChiChilTah/Jones Ranch—mostly attributed to the historical amalgamation of the Chi-Chil-Tah Boarding School with the Jones Ranch Day School in the late 1980s. As a University of New Mexico aluma, she has earned her baccalaureate degrees in Anthropology and History in 2009. Currently, she is a first year graduate student in the Master's of Community & Regional Planning (MCRP) program. She briefly studied architecture prior to transitioning to the MCRP program earlier this year to pursue a professional career in Indigenous Planning and Historic Preservation, two areas of study pertinent to the healthy progression of Indigenous communities in terms of cultural preservation and recognition. In participating in the UNM/Navajo Nation Chaco Canyon Project, Angelina wishes to gain the knowledge and experience in working in close proximity with the Indigenous communities by understanding, informing and improving the socio-cultural conditions of these communities though productive planning and design activities.