Brian D. Vallo
Director, Indian Arts Research Center
A member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe, Brian joins the IARC bringing 25 years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest. A former Lt. Governor, Director of Historic Preservation, and Founding Director of the Haakú Museum at Acoma, his recent work experience extends into the fields of architecture, planning, and the arts. A painter, Brian enjoys experimentation with natural and recyclable materials he discovers on the New Mexico landscape to create mixed media works that celebrate aspects of Acoma material culture and symbolism.
Brian indicates that his direct involvement during the early years of NAGPRA influenced his work in historic and cultural preservation. He attended New Mexico State University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing and later studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.