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2019 in Pictures

Opening Plenary

Thursday, June 6, 2019
9–10:00 a.m.

Opening Processional

  • Rob Anquoe, Kiowa
  • Greg Anderson, Secretary of Education, Muscogee Creek Nation
  • Amberly Proctor, Miss Indian Oklahoma, Muscogee Creek Nation

Indigenous Student Voices on College Planning

The Indigenous College Planning Guidebook introduces the college application process, lists college access resources for aspiring Native students, and features narratives from Native college students and practitioners. This guidebook, created for Native students by Native college students participating in the College Board Native American Intern Program, helps demystify the college-going process. Hear from students eager to share their individual journeys with educators. Guidebook copies will be distributed to attendees.


Ashley Anderson, Harvard College, Intern Class 2018
Ashley Anderson is a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, hailing from Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In May 2019, she graduated from Harvard College, where she studied history and literature. Ashley plans to work in public service in Boston before she applies to law school. In the summer of 2018, she interned at the College Board and helped develop and edit the Indigenous College Planning Guidebook. She joined this important project because she remembered the confusion surrounding her own college application process and wished she’d had a resource like the guidebook to alleviate her application struggles.
Rachel Ensing, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Intern Class 2016
Rachel Ensing, a proud member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe of North Carolina, currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area. She’s an educational adviser with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a national scholarship organization, where she provides academic advising and access to educational opportunities to scholarship recipients across the nation. Rachel has an MS in higher education from the University of Miami and a BA in psychology.
Kendall Harvey, Columbia University, Intern Class 2017
Kendall Harvey (Diné) is from Dziłná’oodiłii, a community in the New Mexico Navajo Nation. He recently graduated from Columbia University majoring in Ethnicity and Race Studies, specializing in Native American and Indigenous Studies with a concentration in education. On campus, he served as co-president for the Native American Council, was a member of the Multicultural Recruitment Committee, and was active with the Ivy Native Council. Kendall received the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship to attend Columbia University. He interned for the College Board in the summer of 2017.
Kourtney Kawano, Dartmouth College, Intern Class 2017
A firm sense of place has kept Kourtney Kawano grounded in her identity as a Native Hawaiian. Regardless of where studies and adventures take her, Hawaiʻi will always be home and the community she’s determined to serve. A proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Kourtney earned a BA at Dartmouth College. Her thesis dealt with Native Hawaiian religious ritual practiced during the Makahiki season. Currently, she’s a Teach for America–Hawaiʻi corps member and finishing her first year of teaching at Keaʻau High School.
Megan Tom, Arizona State University, Intern Class 2017
Megan Tom is Tsinaajinii (Black Streaked Wood People) from the Navajo Nation. She is the first program associate in the College Board Native Rotational Program, currently working in PSAT-Related Assessment Scholarship Services. Megan graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English literature and plans to pursue graduate school in 2020.
Moderator: Bryan Whish, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma
Bryan Whish joined the College Board in May 2016 as director of state partnerships for Higher Education Services. He previously spent 13 years in the admissions field. Bryan began his admissions work at Northern Arizona University, recruiting students from the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona. He subsequently became director of recruitment/senior associate director of admissions at Colorado State. Originally from Oklahoma, Bryan is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma and holds a BA in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in applied communications.


Thursday, June 6, 2019
12:30–1:30 p.m.

An Afternoon with the Honorable Ponka-We Victors


Ponka-We Victors has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2010 and represents the 103rd district of Wichita, Kansas—the first Native American woman to serve in the Kansas Legislature. Representative Victors is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona and Ponca tribe of Oklahoma. She holds a master’s in public administration from Wichita State University and a BA in biology from Newman University. Currently, she’s working on an education PhD from Creighton University. In the legislature, she serves on the transportation and public safety budget committees. Rep. Victors is also the vice-chair of the Kansas joint committee on state and tribal relations and the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators (NCNASL). She advocates for undocumented students and families, the four tribes of Kansas, education, safety, and she’s a protector of the environment. Representative Victors is honored to be included in this year’s conference.

NASAI Networking Reception

Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:30–7:00 p.m.

Tulsa Powwow Club, showcasing all styles of powwow dancing

Special Event

The Henrietta Mann Leadership Award

Friday, June 7, 2019
8:30–8:45 a.m.

The Dr. Henrietta Mann Leadership Award 2019 will be presented to Dr. Amanda R. Tachine. The Dr. Henrietta Mann Leadership Award is presented to Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander) individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to Native students, advancing Indigenous communities, and fostering the development of future leaders.

Dr. Amanda R. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She’s Náneesht´ézhí Táchii´nii (Zuni Red Running into Water clan) born for Tl´izilani (Many Goats clan). An assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University, Tachine advances ideas and strategies to increase Native college student success.


Friday, June 7, 2019
12:30–1:15 p.m.

Welcome Address

Julian Guerrero Jr.

Executive Director of American Indian Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education

As executive director of American Indian Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Julian Guerrero Jr., Comanche and Kiowa, is a tireless advocate and K–12 education policy leader working to further the educational opportunities for over 130,000 American Indian students in Oklahoma public schools.

Generational Trauma and Healing in Indigenous Communities

Darryl Tonemah

Psychologist, Tonemah Consulting Group, NY

Darryl Tonemah (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora) has a PhD in counseling psychology and cultural studies, a master’s degree in community counseling, and three bachelor of science degrees. He’s trained U.S. and Canadian Native communities—at hospitals, universities, colleges, high schools, elementary schools, and grassroots organizations—on trauma and its relationship to behavior and change. His organization, the Tonemah Consulting Group, is dedicated to increasing wellness in Native communities. He uses behavioral telehealth to serve communities that may not have access to care.

Tonemah appeared in three movies, including The Cherokee Word for Water and the ABC television series Nashville and played the lead in two New York City plays, Manahatta and Sliver of a Full Moon. He’s recorded 10 award-winning CDs and written Spray Your Swamp Cooler, a book on leadership. He’s working on a 12-part documentary about empowered Native people across the U.S. and Canada.

Cultural Closing Event

Friday, June 7, 2019
1:15–2 p.m.

Enjoy music, movement, and the spoken word as the 2019 conference comes to an end. This closing event celebrates the opportunity we had to learn, share, and network to improve academic outcomes for Indigenous students.

  • Darryl Tonemah, “Native Americana” Music
  • Choogie Kingfisher, Kituwah-Cherokee Storyteller, United Keetoowah Band
  • Cherokee Hymn Singers, United Keetoowah Band

As a new young professional, I really enjoyed the networking opportunity. There are times when I feel like I’m the only Native person on my campus doing this work, but there are Native people across the Nation doing the exact same work. It’s refreshing to exchange ideas and share our challenges.

—NASAI 2019 Attendee