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Patty Talahongva

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Patty Talahongva

Patty Talahongva is the former curator of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center. Ironically, when she interviewed for the position in 2012, the hiring committee had no idea she actually attended the Phoenix Indian School. Obviously she got the job. Also ironically, she landed her first job as a journalist while attending P.I. and that started her career. She left her position as Curator of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center in 2019 and joined Indian Country Today as the executive producer tasked with launching a once a week national newscast. Then the pandemic hit and she helped Indian Country Today launch a weekday newscast, and became the anchor of the newscast. In August they started renting the Boardroom at the PISVC and created a studio there! Phoenix Indian continues to be a major force in her life and career. 

Find Events with Patty Talahongva

Remembering the Phoenix Indian School
Rosalie Talahongva, Patty Talahongva

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 2:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Conversation, Presentation, Q&A, Talk; American Indian, Community, History, Indigenous
Originally founded in 1891, the Phoenix Indian School was the only off-reservation school in Arizona run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the second-largest boarding school of its kind in the entire United States, educating thousands of students from over 22 tribes for nearly 100 years. Learn more about its complicated history with Rosalie and Patty Talahongva of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center!

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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