You are here


Alumni News

Kyra McFarland
December 9, 2020
Kyra McFarland is an Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies minor in the Department of American Indian Studies and was recently interviewed for the UW’s Transfer Newsletter about her experience as a transfer student.  Kyra was born in Seattle and grew up in the Skyway/Rainier Beach area. She is a transfer student from Green River College who is currently double majoring in Archaeological Sciences and Indigenous Archaeology while minoring... Read more
Black Lives Matter on Indigenous Lands article cover photo
November 4, 2020
Maya Esquivido (BA in American Indian Studies, 2019) co-authored this wonderful article, published in the latest edition of News from Native California. Maya (Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation) is now a graduate student in the UW School of Social Work and collaborated with her sister, Dr. Vanessa Esquivido, and Morning Star Gali (Ahjumawi Band of Pit River) on this excellent piece on Black Lives Matter on Indigenous lands in California... Read more
Read more
June 4, 2020
Calvin Smith graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in American Indian Studies. With finishing an undergraduate degree, Calvin's first day was spent with leading their first group of client's up Takhoma as his dream career as a Moutin Guide for Rainer Mountainerring Inc. (RMI). Over the course of 10 trips and 7 successful summits, Calvin connected with folks from around the country on his homelands of the Yakima Nation.  He is quite grateful to have had the opportunity to work outside and to educate... Read more
Read more
May 27, 2020
Amanda Hayes graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in American Indian Studies, with a focus in nutrition.  Amanda is currently working at a level one trauma center in the emergency department a Harborview Medical Center. Amanda is also doing an internship at Seattle Children's Medial Center for research under Dr. Dean and is working with a trauma surgeon in surgery. She also is doing a Postbaccalaureate Certificate (postbac) to apply for medical school.
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