Mary K. Bowannie

Communications Officer


Mary K. Bowannie is Zuni Pueblo and Cochiti Pueblo, and the Communications Officer for the First Nations Development Institute.  She became a member of the organization in the fall of 2016, and provides communication and information for public education via storytelling for the online newsletter, social media outlets, web content, and development support. 
Prior to joining First Nations, Bowannie worked as an Online Technologist, Educator and Media Professional.  She earned a Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development from the University of Colorado’s ATLAS Institute in the spring of 2016, where she looked at Indigenous Mobile Technology and language revitalization projects and the technological challenges facing Indigenous peoples. Before returning to CU, she was the lecturer for the University of New Mexico’s  Native American Studies program for 10 years. She taught online and face-to-face courses in the areas of Indigenous media and politics. She also has a MA in Journalism from CU Boulder. 
Bowannie has been recognized for her media work and has collaborated on many workshops and panels with various Indigenous education, tribal and media organizations. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. 



Office of Communications


July 25, 2014

White House and USDA to Honor Champions of Change for Agriculture

Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative

The goal of the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) is to increase the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs supporting the field of Native arts and artists

Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men

The “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men” program is aimed at improving education and employment outcomes for middle school and high school Native boys and young men.


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