➜ AISES CEO Sarah EchoHawk
was the closing keynote speaker at the January 2019 Tech Intersections:
Womxn of Color in Tech Conference in Oakland, Calif. She spoke to the
need for increased representation for women in fast-growing tech fields,
where they make up less than 20 percent of the workforce. In February
she was on a panel at the national convocation of the National Academies
of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that focused on minority-serving
institutions and STEM workforce preparation.
➜ AISES founding member J.C. Elliott High Eagle will give a solo guitar performance of his compositions, including “Malaguena Nueva,” his own adaptation and arrangement of the 1928 work “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona. The concert date is May 4 in Maricopa, Calif. He was also interviewed by the classical music radio station KUCO in Oklahoma City.
➜ Former AISES executive director and former Board of Directors member Sandra Begay
has been appointed by the mayor to serve as executive director of
Environmental Health for the City of Albuquerque, a role that assumes
responsibility for municipal public health as well as health of the
environment. She has also been nominated by the governor of New Mexico
to rejoin the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico, where
she had previously served. Begay, a lifetime AISES member who holds an
MS in structural engineering from Stanford University, was previously a
principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories
in Albuquerque, N.M. Among her achievements has been an effort to
provide electricity from alternative sources to remote areas of the
Navajo Nation; and among her many honors is the Ely S. Parker Award, the
highest AISES distinction.
➜ Traditional Hopi pottery by AISES founding member and Sequoyah Fellow Al Qöyawayma
was exhibited in February at the King Galleries in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
and in March at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market in
Phoenix. His most recent awards include “Best of Pottery” at both the
2016 Santa Fe Indian Market and the 2017 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair
➜ John-David Lancaster was the subject of a profile article in the Bartlesville, Okla., Examiner-Enterprise.
The story mentioned that Lancaster has landed his dream internship at
Intel thanks to connecting with a company recruiter at the AISES
National Conference. Lancaster is a sophomore electrical engineering
major at the University of Arkansas, where he is a member of the AISES
➜ An interview with former AISES deputy director and Board of Directors chair Dr. Robert Whitman was published in the Bridge,
a publication of the University of Denver, where Whitman is a longtime
faculty member and teaching professor in the Daniel Felix Ritchie School
of Engineering and Computer Science. Among other topics, he discussed
his work at AT&T in the 1990s, where he developed a Navajo language
text-to-speech synthesizer, the first software to recognize a Native
➜ Climate scientist Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty
became a new Sequoyah Fellow at the 2018 AISES National Conference. He
is the senior science advisor for climate and the director of the
National Integrated Drought Information System at NOAA’s Office of
Oceans and Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
➜ AISES Council of Elders member Dr. Henrietta Mann
gave a presentation in February at the Sand Creek Massacre National
Historic Site in Eads, Colo. Part of a series examining Native and
non-Native perspectives on the historical context of Sand Creek, Dr.
Mann’s presentation was offered to the public as well as to National
Park Service employees who staff the site. Dr. Mann was also quoted in Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education, a new report issued by the American Indian College Fund.
➜ Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson,
the first Native American woman to graduate from the Yale School of
Medicine, discussed her work promoting wellness in Native communities
last fall as part of the President’s Women of Yale lecture series. Dr.
Henderson, who currently serves as vice president of the Black Hills
Center for American Indian Health, also earned an MPH at Yale, and her
efforts as an activist for Native American health were recognized with
the 2017 AISES Ely S. Parker Award.
➜ The Columbia River Professional Chapter in Richland, Wash., sponsored an arts, crafts, and culture event at the Richland Public Library in November.
➜ The College Chapter at Vanderbilt University
(VAISES) co-presented the annual Art of Resistance event showcasing
Native American performance through song, dance, poetry, and
storytelling as part of the school’s celebration of National Native
American Heritage Month.
➜ The University of Wisconsin–Madison
College Chapter was part of the planning leadership for Native
November, a series of events marking the campus observance of National
Native American Heritage Month.
➜ As part of the school’s observance of National Native American Heritage Month last November, the College Chapter at Colorado State University hosted the 36th annual CSU AISES Powwow.
➜ The College Chapter at Northeastern State University
in Tahlequah, Okla., took part in last fall’s “welcome back” event
sponsored by the school’s Center for Tribal Studies and Native American
➜ The annual Falling Leaves Moon Powwow at Michigan Technological University
was hosted by the AISES College Chapter last October. Chapter president
Ron Kyllonen, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, reports that
more than 500 people came to enjoy the traditional dancing, foods, and
➜ The College Chapter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
is working with school administrators to officially change MIT’s
calendar observance of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. MIT’s
hometown of Cambridge, Mass., as well as surrounding communities of
Boston, Brookline, and Somerville have all officially changed the name
of the holiday. MIT libraries, which keep their own calendars, now
observe Indigenous Peoples Day as well.
➜ The Oklahoma Professional Chapter
elected the following new officers in 2018: president, Dr. Cara Cowan
Watts; vice president, Chrystal Antao; secretary, Melissa Sturdivant;
treasurer, Dr. Carol Crouch; and parliamentarian, Lynnetta Eyachabbe.