I have been incredibly fortunate in my life to have received a rich informal indigenous education in both Native American and Hispanic fine arts, farming, ranching, healing arts, and the spiritual connection to the earth and our history that a City Councilor of District 1 needs to maintain our priceless assets and heritage of Santa Fe.
Fine Arts Foundations - Kansas City Art Institute & University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bachelor of Science, Fine Arts Painting, and Graphics Excelsior College
Master of Liberal Arts, St. John's College
Tribal Outreach, Program Director, Family Education and Extension Program (FEEP) SIPI Board of Regents
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Holding to her Native and Santa Fe family roots, Marie has been actively involved in cultural preservation and community development here in Northern New Mexico for two decades.
As President of the La Cieneguita Neighborhood Homeowners/Neighborhood Association, Marie assisted in running a food distribution program that serves those in need. She is actively involved in keeping inappropriate developments from taking over our green space and destroying Santa Fe's local culture. She has worked in sustainable community development in many capacities, from executive leadership consulting, ghost grant writing, to being the founder and president of projects and non-profit organizations.
Marie is founder and president of the Native Hispanic Institute and the Chimayó Chile Project. Her success in creating grass-roots heritage movements to bridge cultural industries with modern marketplaces has carved out a practical approach to preserving indigenous living traditions.
Her proceeding, presented at the Second National Small Farmer’s Conference, Building a Bridge to Economic Independence; Establishing a 1994 Land Grant Extension Project, was published by the USDA, CSREES and Lincoln University. Subsequently, United States Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman awarded her a certificate of outstanding contribution in 1999.
The tribal college project models she authored between 1998—2001: Native American Pastoral Textile Project, Navajo Textile Project, and Navajo Food Project were consecutively selected for presentation to the United States Congress by the National Association of State Land Grant Universities and Colleges.
In 2001, as a consultant, Marie created the core financial development plan for building the Santa Fe Farmer's Market permanent site. Working with the farmers, she crafted the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Institute 501 (c) 3 organization and mission. This acted as the cornerstone for actualizing the building of the permanent site for the market in the Santa Fe Railyard and for implementing programs to promote sustainable agriculture in Northern New Mexico.
As the author of the Cochiti Adobe Project and Pueblo of Pojoaque Community Food Project, her work resulted in the establishment of a tribal adobe-making business in 2004 and a farmers’ market in 2005 respectively. Her writings on behalf of the Chimayó chile farmers, 2005 SJM 31 and 2007 SJM 35, were drafted and passed by the New Mexico State Legislature.
Beginning in 2005, she led the legal and community movement to preserve the native strains of Chimayó chile seed and revitalize the market. Contrary to corporations using the village name “Chimayó” for chile not native to, or grown in the area, her leadership resulted in replenishing the native seed stock and winning the 2009 USPTO trademark reg. no. 3,732,889 therein giving exclusive use of the name to the Chimayó chile farmers.
The Native Hispanic Hero Award, authored by Ms. Campos and carried by Rep. Rhonda King in 2009 is still given on the NM state legislature’s house floor. Currently carried by Rep. Nick L. Salazar, the award is a public honor given to those who hold influential positions, and virtuously serve the people by consistently demonstrating the knightly virtues that make up a universal code of chivalry viz., courage, justice, mercy, generosity, truthfulness, faith, nobility, and hope. Marie designed this program to bring attention to those who value our cultural living traditions that make New Mexico unique and serve the good of the whole.
Marie is project director of the Family Education and Extension Program (FEEP), a tribal outreach program of the SIPI Board of Regents. Her current outreach to the New Mexico Pueblos includes teaching traditional arts and crafts in the Pueblos of San Felipe, Ohkay Owingeh, and Cochiti. She also teaches a traditional men's kilt making and a Walk Your Way to Health class at the Santa Fe Indian School. She is in the inception stages of developing an inter-tribal language and international cultural exchange program between the Southern Pueblos and Mexican Pueblo Tribes. Jemez Pueblo's Flower Hill Institute, and the Navajo Nation Veteran's Administration are partners with FEEP for the development of veteran agricultural services, native medicine health policy, food and nutrition programs in tribal communities. Sing our River Red (a project to bring attention to murdered and missing native women and girls) is another FEEP educational partnership. Under the direction of Ms. Campos, FEEP served over 700 community participants in the last quarter of 2017.