Four generations of the Miakan-Garza Band, representing fifteen major families, attended the State recognition ceremony at the State Capitol on May 16, 2013.
Mario Garza, PhD
Dr. Mario Garza currently serves as board of elder’s chair and is the principal founder of the Institute. He is the Cultural Preservation Officer of the Miakan-Garza Band. He earned a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Social Science, with areas of concentration in Sociology, Political Science and Social Work. He has been active in graves protection and repatriation since 1991 participating in reburial ceremonies at the Comanche Cemetery in Fort Hood, Texas including two Coahuiltecan reburials. Dr. Garza served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 1/616th Medical Clearing Company, 44th Medical Brigade, U. S. Army. He currently lives in San Marcos, Texas near the sacred springs that archeologists believe to be the oldest, continuously inhabited site in North America.
Board of Elders
María F. Rocha
Public Relations and Development Consultant to the Executive Director’s Office
Ruben Arellano, Ph.D.
History Consultant to the Executive Director
Assistant to the Executive Director
Communications & Operations Director
Aaron Pyle, M.S.W.
Mario Garza, Ph.D.
Language Program Director
Lydia CdeBaca, Ph.D.
Nakum Journal Managing Editor
Mario Alberto Ramirez
Performances Program Coordinator
Pablo Montes, M.A.
Youth Programs Director
Sacred Sites Programs Director