Matthew Gachupin and Byron Yepa, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute students from the Pueblo of Jemez, composed this honor song to announce in a traditional way the news that SIPI received initial accreditation status from the Higher Learning Commission.
They performed the song on Wednesday, March 12 after the announcement was made about the accreditation.
The video below was filmed at a different time, but it is the same song that was performed on March 12:
SIPI is a Bureau of Indian Education operated post-secondary institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute holds a special place in Indian education because of its emphasis on training American Indians and Alaska Natives in science, math and technology, and I congratulate SIPI on its achievement of receiving initial accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission,” Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn said in a press release. “Under Dr. Sherry Allison’s leadership SIPI has achieved accreditation, which holds the promise of more American Indians and Alaska Natives entering these fields that are so important to Indian Country’s future.”
Allison, SIPI president, said: “We are honored to receive initial accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and we are grateful for the time and effort it took in reviewing our institution. Achieving initial accreditation status is the result of the hard work of all of the faculty and staff, and we are fortunate that they are committed to expanding the minds and spirits of our students. This accreditation means that SIPI will be able to continue to educate a new generation of students to meet the needs of their communities and the nation.”
Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission certifies that the teaching and learning processes at SIPI meet the educational standards set by the commission and that the college is continuously improving.