Agnes M. Shattuck
Sequoyah Teacher 1940s
Agnes Mary Shattuck Dill (Seq. teacher 1939-43) was born in Isleta Pueblo, NM on June 23, 1913, the first child of Paul and Beatrice (Abeita) Shattuck. She passed away on March 17, 2012.
She attended Albuquerque Indian School graduating in 1932. She then attended Highlands University receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1937.
Agnes chose a very visible role in life. She became a vocal and respected voice supporting cultural diversity and promoting the causes of health, education, and free enterprise for Native Americans.
She served as national president of the North American Indian Women's Association from 1973-1975, an organization she helped to establish in New Mexico. In this capacity, she traveled through the U.S. and Canada, speaking and meeting with Indian women.
Agnes has been a delegate to the National Women's Conference, chaired the Historical and Cultural Committee for the International Women's Year in 1977, and testified before Congress on Indian health. She was a presidential appointee to the National Advisory Council of Women's Education Programs, president of the New Mexico Indian Council on Aging, a member of the National Advisory Committee on Aging, a founding member of the Albuquerque International Visitors Bureau, and a board member of the Chamisa Foundation. A Distinguished Alumna of Highlands (1979), Agnes was also Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal in 1990. She was honored as a Santa Fe Living Treasure. In 2010, Agnes received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Mexico.
She had an abiding curiosity about other cultures and has been recognized for her service to international visitors and contributions to international peace and understanding. She received countless awards, plaques and accolades for all her work.
She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, August, Joe and Romalda; also her husband C. A. Dill.
She is survived by sisters, Isadora Sarracino and Veronica Chapman, brother, Paul Shattuck, Jr., nieces and nephews, Woodrow Shattuck, Paula Shattuck, Beatrice Shattuck, Johnnie Wardlow, numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.