Holly Guise

 Dr. Holly Miowak Guise is an assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico. An Iñupiaq Alaska Native, she is an expert in Indigenous U.S. history (with a focus on World War II-era Alaskan history) and the growing movement within modern day Indigenous activists called Rematriation, the practice of returning ideas, things and practices to their original, natural context as a form of cultural healing.

Guise has been working on a digital humanities project that features oral histories from Native elders, veterans and Unangan internment survivors. In 2008, she began traveling throughout Alaska to interview dozens of veterans to uncover forgotten or overlooked aspects of WWII history. In 2013, she pivoted to interviewing Alaska Native elders about their memories of WWII-era Alaska as service members, civilians and children. 

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development named Guise one of its “40 Under 40” Native leaders making significant impacts within their communities. 

You can listen to Dr. Guise speak here.

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Professor of History, University of New Mexico

Expertise Fields: Indigenous American history, World War II Pacific history, Alaska history, segregation, race and ethnicity, Native relocation and internment camps, Native women’s history, and Indigenous military service during WWII, Alaska Native activist Elizabeth Peratrovich

Based in: Albuquerque, NM

Contact Info:

Email: hguise@unm.edu 
Phone: 505-277-2451
Twitter: @hollyguise 

Added February 2021.

Alannah Hurley

Alannah Hurley has worked extensively in community development and environmental justice and is dedicated to helping make self-determination a reality for Alaska’s indigenous people.

She is the executive director of United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a tribally chartered consortium of 15 federally recognized tribes opposed to the Pebble Mine in Alaska, and can provide insight on the environmental and Alaska Native opposition to the project.

The proposed mine has long been controversial due to its location in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. Opponents say the massive gold and copper complex will likely pollute the bay and harm the salmon runs.

The Obama administration agreed, and blocked the project, but the Trump administration reversed course — last month’s environmental review said it would pose no major harm.

But the project still faces bipartisan opposition, including from the President’s son Donald Trump Jr., so it’s unclear if the Army Corps of Engineers will give the final federal go-ahead.

Hurley is Yup’ik, and was born, raised and currently lives in the Bristol Bay Region. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Native American studies and a minor in political science.

Location: Dillingham, AK

Expertise Field: Alaska Native opposition to the Pebble Mine, environmental conservation and activism

Contact information:

Email: ahurley@utbb.org 

Phone: 907-843-1633 or 907-842-1687

Twitter: @UnitedTribes_BB

Listen to Alannah Hurley testifying at the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:

Last updated August 13, 2020

Carla Fredericks

Carla Fredericks is the director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School and of the indigenous advocacy organization First Peoples Worldwide. She’s an expert on Native American law, rights and tribal sovereignty.

As part of the broader movement for racial justice following George Floyd’s death — and after years of resistance — Washington’s NFL team is finally considering a name change following pressure from corporate sponsors like FedEx.

But Fredericks says that’s not the whole story: FedEx did not turn on a dime. Instead, native activists have been pressuring investors and business partners of the NFL team for more than a decade. And the push isn’t over — the Cleveland Indians are also considering a name change, while the Atlanta Braves are not.

Fredericks can provide context on the long campaign by Native activists to change the name of the D.C. team and how Native Americans and the fight for tribal sovereignty fit into the broader movement for racial justice.

Before joining the University of Colorado, Fredericks was a partner at Milberg LLP in New York. She maintains a pro bono practice, and provided legal counsel to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during and after the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

She’s also published many studies and papers including Social Cost and Material Loss: The Dakota Access Pipeline, which found that backers lost at least $12 billion due to the legal battles and controversy surrounding the project.

Fredericks is an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota.

Location: Boulder, CO

Expertise: Native American law, rights and sovereignty

Contact information:

Email: Carla.Fredericks@Colorado.EDU 

Phone: (303) 492-7079

Listen to Carla Fredericks on Colorado Public Radio:

Last updated July 9, 2020

Manley Begay

Navajo Nation citizen Manley Begay is an expert in tribal economic development and indigenous governance. He is the faculty chair of the Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Senior Lecturer in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Arizona.

He serves as co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as on a number of national boards focusing on Native American development and wellness.

Begay’s research focuses on Native American education, tribal governance and law. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Manley Begay

Senior Lecturer of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Tribal Economic Development, Educational Leadership, Indigenous Governance, Native American Issues

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Information:

Email: mbegay@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-8629

Heard at the Native Nations Institute: Rebuilding Native Nations: “The Importance of Cultural Match”

Added February 2015

Mark Trahant

Columnist Mark Trahant is an editor of Indian Country Today and has over 30 years of experience in journalism, editing and reporting on a wide range of topics, specializing in Native American issues. He’s a former President of the Native American Journalists Association. He previously taught journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of North Dakota.

He has also been the Chairman of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a columnist for The Seattle Times, an editor and publisher at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, an executive news editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and a reporter at the Arizona Republic. He was a Kaiser Media Fellow in 2009 and 2010, writing about health care reform focused on existing programs such as the Indian Health Service.

His work recently appeared on the PBS series Frontline, in a story called “The Silence”, about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska.

Trahant is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Mark Trahant

Editor at Indian Country Today

Areas of Expertise: Native American & Alaska Native news and policy, Health Policy, Affordable Care Act in Indian Country, Journalism

Location: Fort Hall, ID

Contact Information:

Phone: (206) 200-8213
Email: mntrahant@mac.com, mtrahant@indiancountrytoday.com

Heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Do Border Fences Curb Illegal Crossings?

Added September 2014. Last verified January 2021.

Venida Chenault

Dr. Venida S. Chenault is an educator, administrator, and author of “Weaving Strength Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women” published by Carolina Academic Press, in 2011. She is Haskell Indian Nations University President, a Tribal College University (TCU).

Chenault is an expert on the tribal college system, and violence against Native American women. She is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Venida Chenault

President of Haskell Indian Nations University

Areas of Expertise: Domestic Violence, Tribal College, Education

Location: Lawrence, KS

Contact Information:

Phone: (785) 830-2798

Featured on Koahnic Broadcast Corporation’s “Native America Calling”: Chenault Discusses Her Role As Haskell Indian Nations University President

Added September 2014

Tiya Miles

Tiya Miles is chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, where she is professor of history, American culture, Native American studies and women’s studies. Her work looking at the interrelationships between African and Cherokee people in colonial America earned her a 2011 MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

Miles has written two prize-winning books, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom” and “The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story,” as well as numerous articles on women’s history and the black and Native interrelated experience. She has been a frequent guest on NPR’s Tell Me More.

Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor and Professor of History, American Culture, Native American Studies and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise: History, American History, Native American Issues, African American Studies, Interrelationship Between Native Americans and African Americans, Women’s Issues

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Info:

Email: tiya@umich.edu

Office: (734) 764-5513

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

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Patty Loew

Patty Loew is a journalism professor and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. As a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, she focuses primarily on indigenous rights, sovereignty and the role of Native media.

Loew is a former broadcast journalist and has produced numerous documentaries and pieces for public and commercial television examining Native issues and culture. Her award-winning documentary Way of the Warrior premiered nationally on PBS in 2007.

Journalism professor and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise: Ojibwe Treaty Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty, Role of Native Media in Communication Indigenous World Views, Social Media, Indigenous Cultural Expression

Location: Evanston, IL

Contact Information:
Email: patricia.loew@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-4837

Heard on WUWM: The Lake Effect: “Professor: State Will ‘Drive a Wedge’ Between Indian Nations Over Casino”

Last updated August 12, 2020

Jacqueline Pata

Jacqueline Pata is executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest tribal government organization in the United States. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she worked to provide affordable housing for Native Americans.

Pata is a member of the Raven/Sockeye clan of the Tlingit (KLING-get) Tribe and the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Areas of Expertise: Native American Issues, Tribal Government, Homeownership & Housing Policy

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

For interviews and media opportunities, please contact Thom Wallace, the NCAI Communications Director:

Office: (202) 466-7767 ext.207

Mobile: (202) 630-1094

Email: twallace@ncai.org

Jacqueline’s Email: jpata@ncai.org

Twitter: @NCAI1944 

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Anton Treuer

Anton Treuer is a professor at Bemidji State University in Minnesota and a staff member of its American Indian Resource Center. He is editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language.

Treuer is also the author of 19 books. His published works include Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but were Afraid to Ask, which answers “more than one hundred stereotype-debunking questions.” His most recent publications are Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe in 2015 and The Indian Wars: Battles, Bloodshed, and the Fight for Freedom on the American Frontier in 2016. He’s a great resource if you’re looking for a thoughtful conversation on the political and cultural issues important to Native American communities.


Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, Editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal

Areas of Expertise: Ojibwe Language and Culture, Native American Issues, Cultural Competence, Equity, Educational Achievement Gap

Location: Bemidji, MN

Website: http://antontreuer.com 

Contact Info:

Phone: 218-755-2032 (office), (218) 368-2805 (website listing)
Email: antontreuer@yahoo.com, atreuer@bemidjistate.edu, assistant@antontreuer.com
Twitter: @antontreuer
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

NPR Tell Me More: Everything You Wanted To Know About ‘Indians’

Added January 2013. Last verified January 2021.