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About the President’s Circle

The President’s Circle is a group of philanthropic individuals who give generously to support SAR’s mission and programs, helping foster innovative social science and Native American creativity.

Through a diverse schedule of private events, President’s Circle donors are able to deepen their own knowledge and become more engaged with others who share their interests. Your participation offers the rare and enriching experience of interacting with resident scholars, artists, and researchers from around the country and the globe.

To join the President’s Circle, click here.

For more information about the President’s Circle, please contact Laura Sullivan, Director of Development, at or by calling (505) 954-7238.



Upcoming President’s Circle Events

President’s Circle Field Trip: Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists and Native Arts of Minnesota @ Minneapolis, MN
May 30 @ 8:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

President’s Circle Trip to Minneapolis

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists and Native Arts of Minnesota

Date: Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Admission: Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle. Please click here to reserve your spot.

Join fellow President’s Circle members and SAR President Michael Brown for a long weekend in Minneapolis to celebrate the opening of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia).

Image above: Sisseton Dakota artist, Table cloth (detail), c. 1900; wool cloth, beads, brass, cotton; National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (12/814). Photo by NMAI Photo Services and courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA).

Co-curated by former SAR Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow, Santa Fe artist, and independent curator Teri Greeves (Kiowa) and Mia associate curator of Native American Art Jill Ahlberg Yohe, this is the first major thematic exhibition exploring the artistic achievements of Native women from all regions of North America. Drawn from Mia’s permanent collection and loans from more than 30 institutions and private collection, this exhibition will include some 115 artworks from ancient times to the present as well as two commissioned works: a tapestry made of wool depicting a snowy landscape by DY Begay (Navajo), who lives in Santa Fe and is a SAR supporter, and a contemporary version of a traditional Osage wedding coat by Anita Fields (Osage). Participants are invited to a curator-led private tour, afternoon symposium, and gala reception and dinner.

Other highlights

  • Curator’s briefing and tour of the vast Native American storage collections at the Minnesota Historical Society, which include approximately 1,000 objects related to the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota; and approximately 3,000 related to the Ojibwe. Also learn about the Native American Artist-in-Residence Program, not unlike the one at SAR.
  • See a small but select collection of astonishingly beautiful Mimbres pottery at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, and enjoy other galleries that include paintings by Marsden Hartley from his travels to the Southwest as well as a phenomenal Korean art collection.
  •  After-hours reception at Bockley Gallery, which represents many blue-chip Native American artists; and visits to community-led galleries of contemporary Native American art
  •  Excursion to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, a lovely museum in an Ojibwe community less than 2 hours north of the Twin Cities
  •  … plus an architectural history tour of Minneapolis and guided tour of the renowned Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

To read more about the trip and to view a tentative itinerary (subject to change), please click here.


Double Accommodation
Price per person in a Room with a King or two Double Beds: $2,150*

Single Accommodation
Price per person in a Room with a King Bed: $2,445*

*Includes a $100 non-refundable tax-deductible donation to SAR.


  • 3 nights’ accommodation, including taxes
  • Full Buffet Breakfast daily, inclusive of tax and service
  • 2 lunches, 2 receptions and 3 dinners; wine and beer included at dinner
  • Curator-led tour, Symposium, and Opening Celebration including gala dinner at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Transportation by private deluxe coach as indicated in the itinerary, including one bottle of water a day per person
  • All tips for drivers, hotel staff, waiters, and servers for all included excursions, activities and meals
  • Guided tours as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and donations where required
  • Services of a Tour Director from Travel Muse
  • Accompaniment throughout by Michael Brown and two staff members from the School for Advanced Research


  • Airfare to and from Minneapolis
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Tickets to music or theater performances
  • Beverages not otherwise mentioned
  • Items for personal use, including phone and fax charges, minibar, and laundry services



President’s Circle Event: Summer Solstice at Forked Lightning Ranch @ Forked Lightning Ranch
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

President’s Circle Event

Summer Solstice at Forked Lightning Ranch

Date: Sunday, June 23, 5:00-8:00PM
Admission: Free event for members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, President’s Circle, and special guests. Please RSVP to Lindsay Archuleta at or 505-954-7231.

Forked Lightning Ranch. Image courtesy of Swan Land Company.

Enjoy an evening at the historic Forked Lightning Ranch, now home to Kimberley and Scott Sheffield. The 2,300-acre ranch, formerly owned by Jane Fonda and Texas oil tycoon Buddy Fogelson and his wife, film actress Greer Garson, is sited magnificently along the Pecos River on ancestral Pueblo land related to the Jemez people. Sip cocktails overlooking the river and limestone cliffs at the River House, featured in 2014 in Architectural Digest, followed by a western style dinner buffet. Hear about the archaeology of the area, as well as the history of the Pecos Pueblo, known as Cicuye. View Estella Loretto’s Deer Dancer and learn more about SAR’s programs for Native American artists and community members. President’s Circle and Founders’ Society members are encouraged to bring up to two guests.

Generously hosted by Kimberley and Scott Sheffield.



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