Southwest Polytechnic Forms Alumni Group

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Tribal College News

Jaylene “Cookie” Adakai-Sanchez: “I want to do all that I can to keep my ties with SIPI strong.” Photo by Lee Marmon

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) has formed an alumni association. The SIPI Board of Regents appointed a 1998 graduate to serve as the president, Jaylene “Cookie” Adakai-Sanchez, who is Diné and Turtle Mountain-Ojibwe. She earned her associate degree in natural resources and was student of the year. As the president of the fledgling alumni association, Adakai-Sanchez has her hands full establishing by-laws and setting goals for the organization. SIPI hopes that the new association will help sponsor activities for the school, such as a banquet dinner for graduates, and will help raise much-needed funds.

In addition, she holds a full-time job as administrative assistant with DataCom Sciences, Inc., a government contracting company in Albuquerque, N.M., that works with Bureau of Indian Affairs Area Offices, Indian agencies, and approximately 123 tribes. Adakai-Sanchez admits she is busy, but she said, “I take great pride in SIPI. I want to do all that I can to keep my ties with SIPI strong.” Anyone wishing to contact the SIPI Alumni Association can email Cookie at, or call Sandy Lujan, placement officer at 505/ 346-7737. Founded in 1971, SIPI is a national Indian community college located in Albuquerque. It is governed by a board with members from several different tribes.

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