Who Are We
The Pueblo of San Ildefonso Library became a reality when the community Learning Center was completed in 2005. Our approach to the long term planning process is to review the accomplishments and overall usage by the San Ildefonso community since the Library’s opening. Our goal is to implement a detailed plan of review, maintain excellent customer service, and build patronage.
PUEBLO DE SAN ILDEFONSO
Pueblo de San Ildefonso is a Federally Recognized Tribe, and a Census Designated Place. Located 22 miles north of Santa Fe along State Highway 502 in New Mexico, Pueblo de San Ildefonso is one of nineteen Pueblos in the state of New Mexico. First settled in the 14th century, its inhabitants migrated from the Bandelier National Park area 13 miles west of the present day village, and settled along the Rio Grande River at the foot of the Black Mesa. During the 17th century, Spanish Conquistadors attempted to assimilate the Native population and convert them to Christianity by force, which led to San Ildefonso’s participation in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Through various encounters, San Ildefonso has asserted sovereignty and has been recognized, in succession, by the governments of Spain, Mexico, and the United Sates.
The people of San Ildefonso Pueblo speak the Tewa language and have a population of approximately 720 enrolled members. In the Tewa language, San Ildefonso is known as Powhogeh Owingeh, Where the Water Cuts Through. Presently, the tribal boundaries extend to 40,000 acres of land. Many of San Ildefonso’s inhabitants work local, state, and federal government jobs, as tribal members are also employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, dating to the Manhattan Project in the mid 1940’s. San Ildefonso has a traditional form of Government, and the powers of the tribe are exercised through the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Council. The Pueblo Courts are located in the village along with various administrative departments including Health & Wellness, Education, Environmental, and Cultural Preservation.
The Library is open four days a week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays. San Ildefonso Pueblo Library has gone through a remodel and an addition in the last few years in response to increasing number of patrons. There are approximately 60-70 patrons from the community and from neighboring communities that use the library daily and approximately 40 of these daily patrons are students in grades kindergarten through 12 who participate in the Library After-school program. Students use the library resources for reading books, computers for homework and research projects, tutoring, heritage Tewa language classes, and college readiness. Community members use library resources for educational and recreational reading, college course work, correspondence, and career services including online training/certification, job search, resumes, etc.
The Pueblo de San Ildefonso Department of Education mission is to enable community members to realize their full potential. The Pueblo de San Ildefonso Department of Education strives in every effort to uphold the importance of the Tewa language in its preservation, education, and use as a core foundation for cultural identity. The Pueblo de San Ildefonso Department of Education will support the community in becoming both educated and professional contributing individuals by providing the best, most unique and relevant services, training, and resources.
1. Provide language classes, traditional arts and crafts activities, and site visits in conjunction with seminars, workshops and specialized training to teach and encourage the revitalization and preservation of the Tewa language. It is estimated that 80% of community members do not speak Tewa language. English has replaced Tewa as the first language spoken in the home as necessary skill in the modern world for students in school and parents at work. The Pueblo will build a frame work to retain students in highly effective language classes from early childhood to a young adult. Language and cultural initiatives will foster cultural identity to help build personal confidence by strengthening student academic achievement.
2. Provide public library resources and services including access to basic reference collections, internet access, and educational programming including the after school and summer youth programs.
3. Provide student services to meet the needs of the community in areas of early childhood development, special education, collaboration with local schools, improving academic performance, higher education, scholarship administration, and career readiness.