Alumni: American Indian Studies Graduates- Call For Submissions
We would like to invite all alumni to submit a paragraph, photos or other information you would like to share with those who visit our site. Personal statements or quotes are welcome. Please note that all submissions are subject to editing. We are not asking for UCLA or AIS appraisals or recruitment statements – just information about yourself!
Names, tribal affiliations, and graduation year will be listed, unless otherwise specified. Confidentiality and sharing will be at your discretion. Minimally we ask that you include your name, degree(s), and tribal affiliation. Additional information may include: field of study, current educational institution, employment, future goals, curriculum vitae or other community involvement listings, or a link to your email/website address.
Please send your updated information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a Partial Listing of Our Graduates (Alpha order by Decade):
Eric Morrison, Tlingit
One of the first 25 to begin the American Indian Studies Program, he was a student from 1969 to 1972. He went on to receive a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978.
Currently works as an environmental planner for the Douglas Indian Association in Anchorage, Alaska.
Margaret L. Archuleta, M.A. 1987
Pueblo and Apache
Thesis Title: A Myth in the Making: American Indian Cultural Persistence as Exemplified by the Artwork of Harry Fonseca
Was the Curator of Contemporary American Indian Art with the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. Finishing a PhD in Art History from the University of New Mexico
Lorenzo Baca, M.A. 1986
Isleta Pueblo/Mescalero Apache
Thesis title: Songs, Dance and Traditions of the Tuolumne Band of California Indians
Artist and Activist. http://lorenzoartist.com/
Barbara Bullock, M.A. 1986
Melinda (Castel De Oro) Martinez, M.A. 1986
Thesis Title: Native American Captivity Narratives: A Definition and Analysis
She earned a BA in English from UCLA in 1983 and is now a grant writer and fund raising consultant and is a certified Matrix Reimprinting Practitioners in Southern California as well as a clinical hypnotherapist.
Zoila Cruz, M.A. 1985
Thesis title: Subject Trends in American Indian Novels, 1899 – 1980: Their Relation to Dominant American Social Trends and Majors Changes in Federal Indian Policy
Allison Davis-White Eyes, M.A. 1988
She currently serves as the Director of American Indian Initiatives at Oregon State University and is an adjunct professor and is a PhD candidate at OSU in Adult Higher Education.
Lee Ann (Herold) Storey, M.A. 1984
Thesis title: State Jurisdiction over Indian Water Rights: A Case Study
Lee earned a B.A. degree in English from UCLA in 1982 and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley Boalt Law School in 1987. She is a partner with Ballard Spahr, LLP in Maricopa County and leads the water law practice and has significant experience in energy and natural resource matters involving Indian law. http://www.ballardspahr.com/people/attorneys/storey_lee.aspx
Troy Johnson, M.A. 1988
Ph.D., History, 1993
Thesis title: Status of Adoption and Foster Home Placement of Indian Children Under the Indian Child Welfare Act
Dissertation title: The Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island, Indian Self-Determination and The Rise of Indian Activism
Dr. Troy Johnson was a Professor Emeritus at California State University, Long Beach. During his tenure at CSULB, Dr. Johnson was the Director of the American Indian Studies Program (1994 -2013), Chair of Anthropology (2006-2007) and a Professor of History. Dr. Johnson passed away in March of 2013.
Norma A. Joseph, M.A. 1985
Thesis Title: Suattle Tribe of Indians VS. The United States, 1952: A Case Study Involving Tribal Lands Claims, Tribal Identity, and Tribal Persistence
Elected Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Chairman in 2012 (three year term)
George A. Patterson, M.A. 1989
Thesis title: The Causes of the Black Hawk-Keokuk Factions within the Sauk Tribe and Their Effects on Sauk and Fox History
James Riding In, M.A. 1985,
Ph.D., History 1991
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Thesis title: Pawnee Removal: A study of Pawnee-White Relations in Nebraska
Dissertation title: Keepers of Tirawahut’s Covenant: The Development and Destruction of Pawnee Culture
Associate professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and editor of the journal Wicazo Sa Review: A journal of Native American Studies.
*Michelle Skvarla, M.A. 1989
Malibu, CA Realtor
David Smith, M.A. 1986
Thesis title: The Events Leading Up to the Permanent Split Within the Winnebago Tribe, 1800 – 1816
Director of Indian Studies at Little Priest Tribal College and the President of the Winnebago Historical Society as well as Winnebago Tribal Historian for the Winnebago Tribal Council in Nebraska.