Mission and Vision

Roland Sculpture Garden


The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest.


A world that recognizes and understands Native peoples as diverse tribes, each with a distinctive history, culture, and language, and each of which is an integral part of the vibrant, historical, and cultural landscape of the American Southwest.

Core Values

RESPECT Our respect for the diversity of Native peoples guides our exhibits

COLLABORATION AND INCLUSIVENESS  We believe that by working with Native communities to include their voice in the exhibits, educational programs, and research we can transform perceptions of Native American arts, cultures, histories, and languages 

SERVICE  Our staff is approachable and accessible, providing quality technical assistance and guidance to the diverse communities we serve

STEWARDSHIP  We are dedicated to responsible stewardship and apply best practices to the care of the collections placed in our trust  

RESEARCH & EDUCATION  Our commitment to research and study of collections inspires us and others to tell powerful stories of the Native peoples of the Greater Southwest