Dr. Natalie Hopkinson

Dr. Natalie Hopkinson—Community Connector Dr. Natalie Hopkinson is a writer, cultural advocate and Associate Professor of Media, Democracy and Society at the American University. Previously, she was staff editor, writer, and columnist at The Washington Post, The Root and Huffington Post. Her books, including, “A Mouth is Always Muzzled,” “Go-Go Live” and “Deconstructing Tyrone,” have … Read more

Susan Feller

Susan Feller—Community Connector Susan Feller is the founding President/CEO of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums where she directs its national professional development programs, special projects, and advocacy efforts. Susan serves on numerous national committees and commissions and advises government agencies and Congressional members on matters relating to indigenous cultural institutions. Susan’s current … Read more

Sean Chandler

Sean Chandler—Community Connector Sean Chandler is an artist and enrolled member of the Aaniinen (Gros Ventre Nation). He is also the President of Aaniiih Nakoda College located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. In 2016, Dr. Chandler was appointed to the Montana Arts Council and in 2022, he was appointed to the National Assembly of … Read more

Peter Strong

Peter Strong—Community Connector Peter is the director and co-founder of Racing Magpie, a Native arts hub located in mniluzahan (Rapid City, South Dakota), where he is dedicated to supporting Native artists, arts, culture, and communities through creativity and being a good relative. He has held leadership positions at The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian … Read more

Pedro Adorno

Pedro Adorno Irizarry—Community Connector Pedro Adorno Irizarry is founder and artistic director of Agua, Sol y Sereno (ASYS). He is a film and theater director, actor, plastic artist and cultural manager. He began his career in the eighties with the group Los Teatreros Ambulantes de Cayey, directed by the renowned theater artist Rosa Luisa Márquez … Read more

Emily Edenshaw

Emily Edenshaw—Community Connector With roots in Emmonak, Alaska, Keneggnarkayaaggaq Emily Edenshaw (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq) is the President and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC), a renowned, statewide living cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2020, Emily was named Vice President of the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Arts, Cultural and Heritage Statewide Chapter Board, … Read more

Corey Travis

Corey Travis—Community Connector Corey Travis is a regionally known community activist, business owner, educator, graphic designer, hospitality specialist, and professional musician with mixed performance ability in percussion, keyboards/piano, and vocals. Corey began his performing arts journey in the 1st grade taking piano lessons and soon learning other instruments which lead to playing marching percussion. He … Read more