Roe Cloud: from the Yale Native Community

A few times per semester, the Yale Native Community sends out a newsletter about recent events at the center and students doing impactful work in the Native and wider Yale community. Read all of them here! 

2014-2015 academic year

First Edition

Second Edition

2015-2016 academic year

First Edition



Sebastian Medina-Tayac

Davenport ‘16

Hometown: Takoma Park, Maryland
Major: American Studies
Tribal Affiliation: Piscataway Indian Nation

Sebi has been proud to participate in the huge expansion of the Native community at Yale since his freshman year. He’s been an ANAAY member for three years and he co-founded the Blue Feather Powwow drum group, currently serving as the lead singer. Outside of the NACC, he serves as the president of the Ivy Native Council and community outreach coordinator for La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., striving to generate solidarities and cultural connections between Native students and other people of color. He is active in the New Haven grassroots activist community, working with New Haven’s Unidad Latina en Accion to empower immigrant and indigenous communities from elsewhere on Turtle Island. He works hard to maintain the spiritual and political traditions of his people in Maryland, and work toward a career in nonfiction writing and videojournalism. He enjoys cooking, hip-hop, East Asian film, and plotting revolution.


Haylee Makana Kushi
Timothy Dwight ‘18

Hometown: Hilo, Hawaiʻi
Major: Ethnicity, Race and Migration
Tribal Affiliation: Native Hawaiian

Haylee is a current sophomore in the Native community. She is on the board of Blue Feather Drum Group, the Indian Health Initiative, the Association of Native Americans at Yale and Sisters of All Nations. This is her second year working on the NACC House Staff and co-editing the Yale Native community newsletter. She also works for the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Haylee plans to pursue a career in advocating for Native Hawaiians and Hawaiian language education. In her free time, she enjoys Hawaiian crafts and Timothy Dwight college intramural sports.