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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS at the University of New Mexico and her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. The Dallas Museum of Art in Texas has hired Michelle Rich to serve as the Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas. Rich completed Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowships at the San Antonio Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Rich earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, with a focus on Maya art. MUSEUMS The Museum at Warm Springs in Oregon named Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs-Navajo-Wasco-Yakama) as its new executive director. She replaces Carol Leone, who served as director since 2002. Woody has served as a project manager and consultant to the museum. She earned her master’s degree at Portland State University and her bachelor's degree from Evergreen State College and taught at Portland State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. A poet, author, and visual artist, Woody was named Poet Laureate of Oregon in 2016. The estate of David and Peggy Rockefeller has donated 52 Native artworks to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and more than 100 Native artworks to Mesa Verde National Park. The American Museum of Natural History in New York selected Ron Hamilton (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Peter Whitely to co-curator a massive, multiyear renovation of the museum’s Northwest Coast hall. Jay W. and Maryann Keller Chai have promised a gift of Native American artworks to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Baskets by Tootsie Dick Sam (Washoe, 1885–1929), Maria Chapula (Chemehuevi, 1856–1960), and Elizabeth Hickox (Wiyot, ca. 1872– 1947) are part of the gift, along with textiles and ceramics. Thirteen of the promised baskets have been displayed at the Bruce Museum, and an exhibition of the Chai collection is planned. SCHOOLS The Escola de Cinema Indígena Jenipapo- Kanindé (Jenipapo-Kanindé Indigenous Film School, ECINDIJ) opened on August 2, 2018, after a decade of planning, to become the first professional film school for Native peoples in northeastern Brazil. Organized by the Kanindé Indigenous Women’s Association, the school is part of the campus of the Lagoa Encantada Indigenous School in the coastal city of Aquiraz, Ceará. The Jenipapo-Kanindé’s name for themselves is Payaku; in 2014 they numbered only 328 in the most recent census by the Special Indigenous Health Department (SESAI). The film program is free and open to tribal members aged 12 and older. Opening celebrations began with a ceremony led by Cacique Pequena The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art named Elisa G. Phelps as its vice president and chief curator. Previously, Phelps was director of History Colorado’s library and collec- tions departments, curator of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and director of collections and curator of anthropology at the Witte Museum. She earned her bach- elor’s degree from Fort Lewis College and her master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. The Portland Art Museum has named Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo) as the new curator of Native American Art. Ash-Milby worked for almost 20 years as an associate curator in New York at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She earned her master's degree 12 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM above Best of Show winner at the 2018 Woodland Indian Art Show and Market: Sarah Sockbeson (Penobscot), Large Round Purple Points/Curls, brown ash, sweetgrass, antler. Image courtesy of the Woodland Indian Art Show and Market, Oneida, WI. above, left Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs- Navajo-Wasco-Yakama), executive director of the Museum at Warm Springs, Warm Springs, OR.