Peer Liaisons

Upon entrance to Yale, all first-year students are assigned a counselor called a FroCo whose main purpose is to serve as a guide and mentor. Native students are each assigned a Peer Liaison to provide additional support - addressing the issues and concerns more specific to being a Native student at Yale.

The counselors are open to answer any questions concerning life at Yale. Their principal responsibility is to facilitate new students’ successful transition into college. They serve as a source of support to ensure each counselee’s academic, personal, and social success during the first year in New Haven. They hold bonding events and are around the NACC to talk with you about concerns, whether they be about Native identity, coursework, or social life.

Contact Head Peer Liaison Anna Smist with questions.

Luta Fast Dog
Ezra Stiles ‘21

Hometown: Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation, South Dakota
Major: English
Tribal Affiliation: Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta

Luta Fast Dog is Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe reservation in South Dakota. She is a junior in Ezra Stiles college, and an English major. She is as chill and friendly as they come, and the only time you will see her doing physical activity is when she’s doing DanceWorks. Her hobbies include video games, beading, painting, baking, and watching tiktok compilations with friends.

Paige Johnson
Hopper ‘20

Hometown: Blackfeet Reservation, Montana
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Tribal Affiliation: Blackfeet and Navajo

My name is Paige and I am a senior in Hopper College. I am Blackfeet and Navajo and am from the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwestern Montana. I am an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major hoping to become a veterinarian. At Yale, I am involved with ANAAY, the pre-vet society, and AISES.  I also work with the Skelly Lab in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences researching the effects of suburbanization on wood frog larvae. 

Matthew Motylenski
Trumbull ‘20

Hometown: Flushing, New York
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Tribal Affiliation: Mohawk, Bay of Quinte Band

I’m Matty Motylenski and I am a rising senior in Trumbull College, majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. I am a proud member of the Bay of Quinte Band of Mohawks from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. I come from the City that never sleeps – New York, specifically, the best, most diverse borough – Queens. I love to talk, hence my nickname, Chatty Matty. My favorite places to socialize are the Native American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, the Office of LGBTQ+ Resources, and the Chaplain’s Office. I served three years on the NACC House Staff including Head Coordinator the past year. I am the current Vice President of the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY) and one of the founders of I.Q. (Indigenous & Queer). I am committed to social justice, and I plan to attend law school to represent tribes in their pursuit of legal remedies. I am the third bulldog in my family following in the footsteps of my sister, Leanne, and my Mom, fellow Trumbullians. I’m a foodie who loves to find fresh ingredients and I make a mean mixed-berry pie. I perform with Danceworks, so join me in the studio whenever the beat inspires you!

Hannah Selwyn
Hopper ‘20

Hometown: Stevenspoint, Wisconsin
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Tribal Affiliation: Lakota

Hannah (Lakota) is a senior in Hopper College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In addition to being a Peer Liaison for the NACC, she is a member of the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY) and President of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Outside of the NACC, she works in the Department of Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine researching the interactions between excitatory and inhibitory neurons in visual processing.

Anna Smist
Branford ‘21

Hometown: Shawnee, Oklahoma
Major: English
Tribal Affiliation: Sac & Fox and Seminole

YELLOOOOO EVERYBODYYY!

My name is Anna Smist, and I am Sac & Fox, Seminole, and Muscogee Creek. I guess I am officially an English major now, but you know that stuff isn’t set in stone until May of senior year, right? Last year I took a class on Sleep, it was way more legit than my class on Yoga, I’ll tell you that for sure. And no, in neither class did we actually sleep or do yoga, so pretty on brand if you ask me. This summer I have been in Oklahoma (where I’m from on the regular) working for an art museum in their Native American art collection and it has arguably been the best summer of my life, but man those tornadoes were truly out there for a moment. This may already be too long, but I am very excited to PL again and finally put my Bob Ross wig to good use! Feel free to reach out and we can j chill in the NACC or outside of it!

Chase Warren
Berkeley ‘20

Hometown: Fort Yates, North Dakota
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Tribal Affiliation: Hunkpapha Lakota

Háu, mitákuyepi. Čhaŋtéwašteya napéčhiyuzape ló. Taŋyáŋ yahípi! Chase Warren emáčiyapi. Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ na Akíčhita Háŋska hemátaŋhaŋ. Berkeley College él wathí. Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta na Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakȟóta na Ȟaȟátȟuŋwaŋ kȟoškálaka hémačha. Očháže na oíglake na wóuŋspe uŋspémič’ičhiye. 2020 wétu kiŋháŋ Yalé owáyawa waŋkátuya etáŋ éwakihunni kte. ANAAY ómapȟa. NACC-ta šna waškáte naíŋš Berkeley-ta wawáte naíŋš Payne Whitney-ta tȟabwáškate. Toháŋtuke éyaš óčhičiyapi.

Hello, my relatives. I shake your hand with a good heart and welcome you all to the NACC! I am from Fort Yates, ND on the Standing Rock Reservation. I am Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta, Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakȟóta, and Anishinaabe from White Earth. I study Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Education Studies (a multidisciplinary program). I will graduate from Yale in the spring of 2020. I am involved with ANAAY. Most of the time you will find me at the NACC goofing off, at the Berkeley College dining hall, or at the gym getting shots up for any of your Yale College needs.