If you would like to join our team as a volunteer or sponsor - please contact Patti Bonnet at patti.bonnet@gmail.com

Our Team:

  • Patrita “Ime” Salazar is an enrolled member of Taos. Ime holds a BA in Distributed Studies degree with an emphasis in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has worked in various platforms in fundraising, project management, event planning at the national and local stages, youth empowerment and community development. Ime is a founder of the American Indian Youth Leadership Institute, and she works with the Human Relations Commission in Boulder to implement plans for Indigenous Peoples Day initiatives and activities, Boulder Title VI Indian Education program, and American Indian Alumni Relations at CU Boulder. Previous national nonprofit organizations and businesses she has worked with include the Native American Rights Fund, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, International Business Machines (IBM), American Indian College Fund and Echo Hawk Consulting.

  • Kalee Salazar received her degrees in Environmental Science and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She is currently employed at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the leading non-profit law firm asserting and defending rights of Native Americans today, as a legal assistant.  She is an active community leader and involved with many programs in Boulder, Colorado including the University of Colorado’s American Indian Alumni Association, Boulder County Community Action Program’s Multicultural Award Selection Committee, secretary for the non-profit Juan de Jesus Vigil Family Foundation, and mentor and presenter for American Indian Youth Leadership Institute (AIYLI), building youth leadership development for local American Indian students. Her recent collaboration with NARF, the Human Relations Commission in Boulder, and community leaders moved the City of Boulder’s City Council unanimously to adopt Resolution No. 1190 in support of Indigenous Peoples Day. Kalee is passionate about serving her community locally and using her voice to empower the American Indian community.

  • Patti Bonnet is a producer whose work focuses on social justice and cultural awareness. She is Co-Producer of the film We Are Not Done Yet, which aired on HBO in 2018. She was Line Producer on Racing Extinction and a consultant on Chasing Coral, both international award-winning documentaries, and served as a cultural delegate for the US State Department’s 2010 American Documentary Showcase in Rwanda. She has worked for National Geographic, the Rockefeller Foundation, PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and "This Week with David Brinkley”, among others, and has an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  

  • Madeleine Sargent is an undergraduate at Wesleyan University studying Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. She is a teaching artist at Oddfellows Playhouse and regularly works with youth teaching photography, theater, and storytelling. She is an Allbritton Fellowship recipient and teaches underrepresented kids the tools and techniques of photography and believes that creative expression is one of the best outlets for kids.  Madeleine also maintains her own artistic practice outside of teaching and is passionate about oil painting, graphic design, and photography. 

  • Merrick Chase is a Boulder, Colorado-based photographer and the founder of 'How's Your Headshot?’. He has been looking out on the world from behind the lens for more than 30 years. He uses the camera to tell honest stories of his subjects through establishing a rapport that often enables him to bring less seldom seen parts to the surface before his lens. He has shot in many different environments all over the world. Beginning in October of 2018, Merrick will begin traveling internationally for an indefinite period of time as he makes the transition into humanitarian photography, where he will have his chance to turn his camera once more onto the faces of the world. This time, in a brand new way. You can view Merrick’s portfolio of imagery online at http://www.MerrickChasePhotography.com and http://www.HowsYourHeadshot.com.

  • Josué Rivas is an award-winning visual storyteller working at the intersection of art, journalism and advocacy to challenge the mainstream narrative about indigenous peoples. He's a 2017 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow and founder of the Standing Strong Project. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and TEDx. His book, Standing Strong, is the fruit of his 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.  www.josuerivasfoto.com

  • Leslie Rothman is a photographer based in Nederland, Colorado. She trained formally in fine arts and art therapy in New York City and Philadelphia. She spent her career working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and now works as a consultant. Her passions are travel and photography.

IndigenEYES Photo Credit: Keya Standing Bear
Cover Photo Credit: Simone Bonnet

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: 

This project is made possible by a very generous donation from the Falcon Fund and Bob and Vera Bonnet, and a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission, an agency of the Boulder City Council.

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