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Alumni News

Scott Pinkham
October 9, 2018
Congratulations to Scott Pinkham! AIS Faculty member, Scott Pinkham (Nez Perce), '87, received a Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2018. Scott is the counseling services coordinator who leads the Minority Scholars Engineering Program in the College of Engineering. In his various roles and efforts at the university, he recruits, advises, and mentors students all across campus. He lectures in American Indian Studies and is adviser to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society student... Read more
March 23, 2017
Jasmine McDonald (B.A., American Indian Studies, with a minor in Diversity, 2015) is a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. She is currently working in the Office of the Tribal Attorney as an Executive Secretary/Paralegal for the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Her responsibilities include handling confidential information, scheduling appointments (estate planning for tribal members) and meetings, draft letter correspondences, coordinate travel arrangements, maintain hard copy and... Read more
January 14, 2017
After graduating from the University of Washington, Madrienne Salgado (B.A., American Indian Studies, 2008) worked in the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s legal office (where she is enrolled) and was subsequently offered the position of Public Affairs Support Specialist in the Tribe’s Intergovernmental Affairs department. Her administrative responsibilities include planning for and facilitating the Tribe’s Public Affairs Committee (which covers Government Relations/Political strategy... Read more
January 3, 2017
Audra Vincent (B.A., American Indian Studies and Linguistics, 2008) is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. She is currently the Program manager for hnqwa’qwe’eln, the program working on revitalization of the Coeur d’Alene language. She has been in this position for the last two years and dedicates her time to teaching the Coeur d’Alene language to a cohort of new second language speakers as well as other revitalization and documentation projects. Audra completed her M.A. in... Read more
December 18, 2015
Cheyenne Sanders (B.A., American Indian Studies and Political Science, 2011) is currently Associate General Counsel for the Yurok Tribe, where she is also a member. Cheyenne earned her JD from Cornell Law School in May 2014. Cheyenne was a recipient of the McCormack Scholarship at Cornell Law, a generous merit based scholarship awarded, in part, on her AIS studies including her senior thesis "Tribal Consultation in the 21st Century." While at Cornell, Cheyenne interned with the... Read more
December 18, 2015
Joe Dupris is a student in the Joint PhD program in Anthropology & Linguistics (ANLI) at the University of Arizona starting in the Fall of 2015. Joe arrived in Tucson in 2014 and is a Master’s of Arts Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, specializing in Native American Linguistics (NAMA). His Master’s research, developed through community experience and archival research, examines descriptive and theoretical aspects of maqlaqsyals (... Read more
January 16, 2015
Anna Hohag (B.A., American Indian Studies, 2011) worked for the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Pala, CA (on the Pala Indian Reservation) as Tribal Liaison from 2012-2014. While there, she served as a youth mentor and set up estate planning workshops in partnership with Seattle University's Indian Law and Policy program. Anna also worked on Pala's Giving Program (the Tribe's charitable giving program) and worked on Fee-to-trust applications for the Tribe. As of Fall 2014, she... Read more
Maria Givens
January 16, 2015
Maria Givens (B.A., American Indian Studies and Political Science, 2013) recently interned at AT&T's External Affairs Office, working on tribal issues. Maria was the first Northwest area intern for AT&T's new Native American Internship for government relations. In this internship, Maria worked with tribes and monitored legislation regarding telecom issues. In June 2014, she began work on the Denny Heck for Congress Campaign as a Field Organizer, working on organizing... Read more
January 16, 2015
Since graduating from the Native Voices program in 2011, Clementine Bordeaux (Sicangu Oglala Lakota) started a new position as Academic Coordinator for the American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA she advises undergraduate and graduate students in the program in addition to working closely with faculty and staff to support the Native community on campus. In 2015 the Native staff, including Clementine, will... Read more