A few weeks ago, the Pueblo of Isleta opened the doors to its brand new, state-of-the-art Library and Educational Complex.
The facility is equipped with books, computers, video and digital cameras and all the software needed to produce and edit films. And this is just phase one.
Phase two is the Department of Education wing, where programs are offered to help students make up high school credits. Phase three, which is yet to be built, will hold a performance hall where drama, music performance and video screenings will take place.
The new facility is meant not only to help the members of the pueblo to continue to learn, it’s a place where everyone in Isleta can go to keep up-to-date about the ever-changing technology.
Library Director Nathaniel Lujan has some new, innovative ideas he plans to share with the youth of the pueblo. He has organized a filmmaking and editing class where students can use the newest technology to document their lives in Isleta. He is also spearheading a hip hop group in which youngsters can “express their feelings through music.”
One of the most exciting programs at the new center focuses on bringing elders together with the pueblo’s youth to teach them about Isleta traditions, including pottery and traditional crafts.
It’s important to Isleta, and to all of us, that these traditions continue to be an influence in the lives of today’s generation and generations to come. This facility will be a place where they will learn about technology as well as learn how to cherish and continue the culture of the pueblo.
The incentives given through the new facility are tremendous, and should be continued for the betterment of Isleta. Through this new Library and Educational Complex, pueblo leaders and members have shown that they are committed to the youth, to the elders and to their heritage.
For this, we applaud the Pueblo of Isleta and wish them continued success in their educational endeavors.