Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Kimberly Norris Guerrero

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Colville, Salish-Kootenai, Cherokee) is a UCLA graduate who earned a BA in History in 1989 and began pursuing a career in acting. Kimberly now serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at UC Riverside where … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Kevin Hale

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Kevin Hale is a UCLA graduate who earned a BA in Sociology in 2016, and a Master of Social Welfare in 2018. Kevin, who is Diné believes that the education he received at UCLA enabled and empowered him to contribute to the social well-being … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Mikaela Grace Monson-Cox

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Mikaela Grace Monson-Cox is a 2015 UCLA graduate who earned a BA in American Indian Studies. Mikaela, who is Osage, went on to study law at Southwestern Law School, where she earned her JD in 2017. Mikaela currently works as a healthcare attorney in … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Natalie Stites Means

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Natalie Stites Means is a UCLA graduate who earned a BA in History, and a minor in American Indian Studies, in 1999. Means, who is Cheyenne River Lakota and Crow Creek Dakota, put herself through community college while working full-time to transfer to UCLA, … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Damien Montaño

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Damien Montaño is a 2017 UCLA graduate who earned an MA in American Indian Studies. He is Yoeme and Purépecha, and is currently working in collaboration with the Torres Martinez Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), where he leads a series of jewelry … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Shalene Joseph

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Shalene Joseph is a 2018 UCLA graduate who earned an MA in American Indian Studies. She is A’aniiih and Athabascan, and currently works for the Native Wellness Institute (NWI) as a Project Director, where she and her team organize and promote the physical, mental, … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – LittleDove F. Rey

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center LittleDove F. Rey is a 2018 UCLA graduate who earned a BA in Psychology, with a minor in American Indian Studies. She is Maidu and Miwok from the Auburn Rancheria (United Auburn Indian Community), and currently attends the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, a program run by … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Pamela J. Peters

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Pamela J. Peters is a multimedia Indigenous documentarian from the Navajo (Diné) Reservation and a 2011 graduate who earned a BA in American Indian Studies (AIS) and Film & Television Studies. Her Diné first clan is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People), which … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Mercedes Dorame

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center The Tongva artist Mercedes Dorame is a 2003 UCLA graduate who earned a BA in American Literature and Culture and went on to receive an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She calls on her Tongva ancestry to engage the problematics of visibility … Read more