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Members of the American Indian Education Oversight Committee.

Erick Alemán
Tribal Affiliation: Salvadoran-American (Pipil/Lenca)
American Indian Education Center Director, American Indian Child Resource Center

Irma Amaro
Tribal Affiliation: Yaqui
Executive Director, Local Indians for Education

Kayla Begay, Ph.D
Tribal Member: Hoopa Valley Tribe
Tribal Affiliation: Hupa, Yurok, Karuk
Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University

Amber Bill, Ph.D, Candidate in Native American Studies
Director, Woodfords Indian Education Center
Tribal Member: Pyramid Lake Paiute

Staci Block, Ed.D, Parliamentarian
Tribal member: Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Coordinator, Professional Learning and Research, Innovation Division, San Diego County Office of Education

Pam Coronado
Tribal Citizen of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians
Board Chair, Fresno American Indian Health Project
Retired Administrator, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Taihvoochi Colegrove
Tribal Member: Hoopa Valley Tribe
Afterschool Education and Safety Program Director, Klamath Trinity Joint Unified School District

April Lea Go Forth, Ph.D
Nation: Ani yvwi’ya
Executive Director, Resources for Indian Student Education, Inc.

Sheree Lynn Hibler
Family Literacy Manager, Owens Valley Career Development Center

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, Ph.D
Tribal Affiliation: yak tityu tityu Chumash and Yokut
Associate Professor, University of San Francisco

Lori Labrie
Learning Support Specialist, Lake County Office of Education

Kishan Lara-Cooper, Ed.D
Tribal Affiliation: Yurok/Hupa/Karuk
Tribal Membership: Yurok Tribe
Professor & Chair, Humboldt State University

Melissa Leal, Ph.D
Tribal Affiliation: Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation
Faculty/Tribal Liaison, Sierra College

Rebecca Lewis
Executive Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Support Services, Shasta County Office of Education

Manny Lieras
Title VI Indian Education Coordinator, American Indian Child Resource Center
Executive Producer, Injunuity
Assistant Director, Native Like Water

Nicole Lim, Chairperson
Tribal Affiliation: Pomo
Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Marc Luker
Tribal Member: Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Tribal Councilman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

Kathleen Marshall
Tribal Membership: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Lead Language and Culture Teacher, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash

Rachel McBride-Praetorius, Co-Chairperson
Tribal Member: Yurok Tribe
Director of Tribal Relations, California State University, Chico

Russell “Butch” Murphy
Tribal Member: Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Tribal Councilman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D
Tribal Affiliation: Luiseño/Payómkawichum
Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center
Department Chair of American Indian Studies, California State University, San Marcos

Margo Robbins
Indian Education and Language, Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District

Yvonne Quintero
Tribal Member: Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
Tribal Affiliation: Pomo
Early Childhood Education Director at Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe

Rose Soza War Soldier, Ph.D
Tribal Member: Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
Tribal Affiliation: Mountain Maidu/Cahuilla/Luiseño
Assistant Professor, Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies
California State University, Sacramento

Rhonda Welch-Scalco, Ph.D
Tribal Member: Barona Band of Mission Indians
Tribal Affiliation: Kumeyaay
Faculty, MiraCosta College

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