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Coming Home: The Past, Present, and Future of Native Americans at Princeton

May 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Native Americans at Princeton via PAW

Join us for a reflection on the presence and impact of Native American people and alumni at Princeton, an update on current University initiatives including land acknowledgment, and plans for the future.

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Alfred Bush
Alfred L. Bush came to Princeton in 1958 as one of the editors of THE PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, where his study of Jefferson images resulted in THE LIFE PORTRAITS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON (1962).  He then joined the staff of the Rare Book and Manuscripts division of the library as curator of The Princeton Collections of Western Americana from which he retired, after forty years of service in 2003. He is the author of LITERARY LANDMARKS OF PRINCETON (1962), THE PHOTOGRAPH AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN (with Lee Clark Mitchell 1994), REMEMBERING ALFONSO ORTIZ (1998) and PUEBLO ARTISTS; PORTRAITS (1998).  2003.

Marley Brackett ’18
Marley graduated Princeton in 2018 with an AB in History and a Certificate in German Language & Culture. While at Princeton, Marley joined Natives at Princeton (NAP), serving as a VP during his senior year. Marley’s tribal affiliation is Oglala Lakota on his mother’s side.

Roger Dube *76
Dr. Roger Dube received his Bachelor’s degree in experimental physics from Cornell and his PhD in physics from Princeton. Currently Research Professor Emeritus at RIT and a visiting scholar at the University of Manitoba, he has held positions at Kitt Peak and Caltech’s JPL, the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona and Yale. He rose to the executive level at IBM’s Research Division. He has served the National Academy of Sciences in its grant selection process for its Ford Foundation Graduate Program for Minorities, has been an entrepreneur and has started two companies within the last 18 years. Dr. Dube, Mohawk Turtle clan, is a Sequoyah Fellow of AISES. He was recently awarded the Ely Parker Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, their highest honor. He holds 21 issued patents and has published a textbook on physics-based computer security.

Bryan Just
Bryan R. Just is the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer of the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Princeton University Art Museum. Just received a B.A. in Archaeological Studies and the History of Art from Yale University (1995) and an M.A. (1999) in Art History and a Ph.D. (2006) in Art History and Linguistics, both from Tulane University. A specialist ancient Maya art history, his publications include Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik’ Kingdom (2012) and “Printed Pictures of Maya Sculpture” (2012). He served as in-house curator for the exhibition Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait, co-curated by William Fitzhugh and Julie Hollowell, from October 2009 – January 2010 at Princeton. His 2012 exhibition Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vases of the Ik’ Kingdom was one of five finalists for the Association of Art Museum Curators 2012 Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum. In 2015, he reopened the completely refurbished ancient Americas galleries at the Princeton University Art Museum. Just’s teaching at Princeton includes seminars on Maya and Olmec art, as well as introductory lecture courses on the art of Mesoamerica. Just chairs Princeton University’s NAGPRA committee. He is currently writing a handbook of the Museum’s collections from Mesoamerica.

Shawn Maxam
Shawn Maxam is Senior Associate Director for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, he leads strategic partnerships and projects associated with campus climate, academic departments, data analysis, and history and sense of place, among others. Shawn joined the Provost Office in 2016 as an Assistant Director. He previously served as the Prevention Coordinator for Men’s Initiatives in Princeton’s University Health Services from 2014 to 2016. Shawn is deeply committed to board service and educational non-profits. He serves as a trustee for the Princeton-Blairstown Center and the Lawrence Township Education Fund. Shawn earned his BFA from Long Island University and two Masters degrees from Bryn Mawr College in Social Service and Law & Social Policy.

Emery Real Bird ’17
Emery Real Bird, is an enrolled member of the Dzil Ligai Si’an N’dee; White Mountain Apache Tribe and also has Apsaalooke; Crow heritage. Emery is a government relations and finance professional based in Washington D.C. Emery graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Politics where his thesis focused on the Alaska Native organizational influence on the Senate reelection of Lisa Murkowski from Alaska in 2010. Emery is also a graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a Masters of Management Science with a focus in Global Affairs-a cross section of business and politics-with the Schwarzman Scholars Program. There he studied the unique position of China in the Arctic and the intersection of Indigenous rights and culture as it relates to the Belt and Road Initiative and the Arctic Council. Emery continues to study and explore the implications of international affairs on tribal nations.

Yolandra Gomez Toya ’88
Dr. Yolandra Gomez Toya, MD, MPH, is a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northern New Mexico.  She graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a degree in Public Policy, then received a Masters of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.  After returning to New Mexico, she received her medical degree and completed her Pediatric Residency from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine.  As one of the fewer than 300 Native American pediatricians in the country, she is an advocate for Native American access to culturally competent healthcare and a strong proponent for increased representation of Native American physician and medical professionals. Dr. Gomez Toya currently works full time in private practice in Rio Rancho, NM, and is also a Pediatric Consultant at the Pueblo of Jemez Clinic where she specializes in developmental pediatrics. Dr. Gomez Toya was instrumental in creating an innovative school-based collaborative effort in Jemez between the reservation school, clinic and parents to address the needs of Native American children with learning and behavior challenges.  In addition, she is an Assistant Professor at the UNM School of Medicine where she teaches and supervises medical students primarily in primary care and rural medicine.


May 21
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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