2019 NAAHU Symposium & Business Meeting: 5/2/19-5/5/19

Your 2019 NAAHU Symposium and Business Meeting will be held on May 2-5, 2019 during Arts First Weekend and to coincide with the 24th Annual Harvard Powwow. Please plan to join us in Cambridge for a Welcome Reception at HUNAP on Thursday, May 2nd, for a great Symposium and to participate in our 2019-2021 elections on Friday, May 3rd, for the Harvard Powwow (Theme: A New Hope) and for our NAAHU Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 4th, and for our farewell brunch in Annenberg on Sunday, May 5th.

Can't join us this year? You can participate remotely in elections and in our business meeting!

Last call to register and join us! 





2019 Native American Alumni of Harvard University Symposium and Reunion

Harvard University Campus

Cambridge, MA

Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5, 2019



Thursday, May 2nd

HUNAP-NAAHU Welcome Reception

6-8pm at HUNAP

14 Story Street, 4th Floor


Late Breaking: Phil Deloria is doing a book signing at the Coop at 7pm. We’ll take a vote at the Reception to see if we want to troupe over to attend!

Call Emily at 206-457-7559 if you are having trouble getting into HUNAP. Doors lock shortly after 6. 



Friday, May 3rd

2019 NAAHU Symposium


Taking Stock of Native American Rights in 2019

Litigation, Legislation & Recognition


A Symposium and Membership Meeting of

Native American Alumni of Harvard University


Friday, May 3, 2019

102 Haller Hall (Harvard Geological Museum)

24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts


8:45 - 8:55am

Welcome to the 2019 NAAHU Symposium

Emily Van Dyke

President, Native American Alumni of Harvard University


9:00 - 9:30am

Presentation—Indian Country in the American Imagination: How John Marshall’s  

Perception of Native American Cultures Shaped Federal Indian Law

S. Margaret Spivey-Faulkner, Junior Fellow

Harvard Society of Fellows


9:45 - 11:15am 

Panel 1—Indian Law Cases in the United States Supreme Court

Tommy Miller (Moderator)

Sole Practitioner

Methow Law


Monte Mills

Associate Professor of Law

Co-Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic

Alexander Blewett III School of Law

University of Montana


Joseph William Singer

Bussey Professor of Law

Harvard Law School


John P. LaVelle

Professor of Law & Regents’ Lecturer

Director, Law and Indigenous Peoples Program

University of New Mexico School of Law


11:30am - 12:30pm 

Lunch (Provided)


12:45 - 2:15pm

Panel 2—Advocacy for the Rights of Native Americans and Indian Tribes in the Era of Trump


Emily Van Dyke (Moderator)

President, Native American Alumni of Harvard University


Ryan Rowberry

Associate Professor

Georgia State University College of Law


Kyle Scherer

Deputy Solicitor, Indian Affairs

United States Department of the Interior


Nathaniel H. Amdur-Clark


Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP


2:15 - 2:20pm


Closing Remarks for the Symposium

Emily Van Dyke

President, Native American Alumni of Harvard University


2:30 - 5:00pm 

NAAHU Business Meeting

2019-2021 Board Elections

Communications and Connectivity

Inclusion and Belonging Update

Founding Documents Discussion

2020 Unity Conference



Saturday, May 4th

24th Annual Harvard Powwow 

Lesley University

Theme: A New Hope


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NAAHU Awards Banquet

6 - 8pm 

Eliot House Entry M

Left of Main Entrance 

Society of Fellows Room

101 Dunster St


Alumni Fire Keeper Award

The Fire Keeper Award is presented to a distinguished alumna/us and serves as our primary means of honoring exceptional achievements among our community’s many distinguished alumni. 


Our 2019 Fire Keeper Award recipient is Dr. Joseph P. Gone, who is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Anthropology) and in the Faculty of Medicine (Global Health and Social Medicine) at Harvard University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1992 and his doctorate in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. An enrolled member of the Aaniiih-Gros Ventre tribe of Montana, he has investigated these issues through collaborative research partnerships in both reservation and urban American Indian communities. Gone has published over 75 articles and chapters exploring the cultural psychology of self, identity, personhood, and social relations in indigenous community settings vis-à-vis the mental health professions, with particular attention to therapeutic interventions such as psychotherapy and traditional healing. His articles have appeared in the American Psychologist, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and the American Journal of Community Psychology.


Student Leadership Award

The Student Leadership Award is usually presented to a current student in their final year of study (college senior or final year graduate student) who has made significant contributions to the Native community at Harvard through their academic, community, and leadership activity over their years of study. This year, the NAAHU Board honors the FIERCE leadership team, who are represented by Sarah Wright and Heather Watts. Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education (FIERCE) is a student organization for Native and Indigenous students to bring awareness about Indigenous issues to HGSE and beyond. FIERCE challenges the colonial narrative, raising awareness through school wide events and holding space for Native and Indigenous students to voice their opinions and ideas.


Sunday, May 5th

Alumni Farewell Brunch and Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck Portrait Viewing 

Annenberg Hall

45 Quincy Street

11:30 - 1pm 





A Look Back in Time: 2017 NAAHU Symposium and Business Meeting

You're Cordially Invited....

Members of the Native American Alumni of Harvard University Executive Board cordially request your presence at the 2017 Annual NAAHU Meeting and Symposium to be hosted at Harvard University Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. This year’s event coincides with both the Annual Harvard University Powwow and Arts First Festival.

We welcome NAAHU community members and their guests to join us for a weekend filled with celebration.

If you are interested in sharing a room with other alumni attendees please email us at naahu@post.harvard.edu.

Ticket purchases are for General Admission to the Annual Meeting and cover all meals listed in the agenda as well as NAAHU annual membership fees for 2017-2018.


PLEASE VISIT EVENTBRITE TO PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-naahu-annual-meeting-tickets-32338210458

NAAHU 2017 Annual Meeting: "Supporting Indigenous Resilience at Harvard"

(All times Eastern)


Thursday, April 27th:
5:30pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Reception co-hosted by HUNAP, NAAHU, & the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights
Location: 2 Arrow St, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138


Friday, April 28th:
8:30am – 9am: NAAHU Meeting Registration
9am - 12:00pm: NAAHU Symposium
Location: Agassiz Conference Room - 86 Brattle St

12:00pm - 1:30pm: LUNCH & LEARN
Location: Peabody Museum

2:00pm - 5:00pm: Peabody Tour or Film Screening (TBA)

6:00pm - 8:00pm: NAAHU Dinner/Award Presentations
Location: TBD


Saturday, April 29th:
9am - 11:30pm: NAAHU General Business Meeting
Location: Agassiz Conference Room - 86 Brattle St

12:00pm - 5:00pm: 21st Annual Harvard Powwow 
Location: Radcliffe Yard


Sunday, April 30th:
10:30am – 12:00pm: Alumni Brunch/Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck Portrait Viewing
Location: Annenberg Hall


Annual Meeting


Indigenous Knowledge: Sustaining our

Progress, Nurturing our Future

The 2016 NAAHU Annual Meeting

 April 28 - May 1, 2016

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

 Please Register and Purchase Tickets Here:



The 2014 NAAHU Annual Meeting

 Sunday, May 4, 2014

3:00PM EDT

Participate in our Virtual Meeting

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1.  Please join my meeting, Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.

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Access Code: 573-673-981
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Meeting ID: 573-673-981



The New Face of Indian Country:

1st Bi-Annual NAAHU Symposium & General Meeting

Congratulations to Amanda Proctor, AB '97, 2013 recipient of the Native American Alumni of Harvard University Fire Keeper Award in recognition of outstanding alumni achievment and contributions to the Harvard Native community. 

Congratulations to Cesareo Alvarez, AB '13, 2013 recipient of the Native American Alumni of Harvard University Student Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to Harvard University and commitment to fostering strong Native community on campus.  


Members of the Native American Alumni of Harvard University Executive Board cordially request your presence at the First Annual NAAHU Symposium and General Meeting to be hosted at Harvard University on Friday-Sunday, April 26 – 28, 2013. This year’s event “The New Face of Indian Country” also coincides with both the 18th Annual Harvard University Powwow and 20th Annual Arts First Festival. The weekend is a closed event for NAAHU community members and their guests.