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 Peer Liaisons 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 mentee’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 Luta Fast Dog 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.

Gabriella Blatt
Ezra Stiles ‘21

Hometown: Rocky Boy Reservation, Montana
Major: Ethnicity, Race, & Migration
Tribal Affiliation: Chippewa - Cree

My name is Gabriella and I’m Anishnaabe and Cree from the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana. I’m a senior in Ezra Stiles College studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. At Yale, I’m involved with ANAAY, work for the Environmental Humanities program, and also do research on memes (yes, really) through the Undergraduate Mellon Mays Fellowship. I’m a proud first generation, low-income students and am always happy to share advice on navigating spaces like Yale as a FGLI student or getting to travel the world on Yale’s dime. I love making Spotify playlists and reading, so please send me music and book recommendations! 

Evan Roberts
Benjamin Franklin ‘23

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado
Major: Political Science and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Tribal Affiliation: Tlingit

Hi!! I’m Evan and I’m a sophomore in Franklin college studying Political Science and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. I’m Tlingit, but I live in Colorado. At Yale, I’m involved in the Association of Native Americans at Yale, Red Territory, and Yale Democrats. Most of the time you can find me procrastinating studying in the NACC or in the Ben Franklin buttery with my friends. 

Matthew Cline
Berkeley ‘23

Hometown: Maumelle, Arkansas
Major: Political Science
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee Nation

Matthew Alan Cline (Matt, Matty Ice, Matthew Icicle) is an upstanding. young man who has upheld the letter of the law to the fullest extent of his abilities. He purportedly majors in political science at Yale University. He politely yet firmly requests that people stop asking if he is a ghostwriter for John Mayer. For the last time - yes. 

His imagination is captured by conversations about independent music, the NBA, native literature, and good ol’ home cooking. He is easily excited by Yale’s many community service initiatives. He has a 1.5” birthmark near his wrist on his right forearm. Despite his grandiose aura, devil-may-care attitude, and rugged persona, Matt is actually a really sensitive guy and would love to talk about whatever interests you!

Selena Martinez
Davenport ‘22

Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Earth & Planetary Sciences
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee Nation

Hi, everyone! I’m Selena Martinez, and I’m a rising junior in Davenport College. I’m a proud Mexican and Cherokee Nation citizen. My major is Earth & Planetary Sciences with a a concentration in vertebrate paleontology. Basically, I study dinosaurs and the early relatives of reptiles! At Yale, in addition to being a PL for the NACC, I am the treasurer of American Sign Language at Yale (ASLaY) and a residential college aide for Davenport. I also work in the Yale Paleobiology and Evolutionary Development Lab conducting research on early reptile evolution and teeth evolution.

Jacob Rosales
Davenport ‘21

Hometown: Kyle, South Dakota
Major: Film and Media Studies
Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Lakhota

What’s good ya’ll?? I’m Jacob, though I also go by Jake, and I’m currently the lankiest member of the NACC. I can guarantee you, however, that none of that vertical ability is used in basketball or other activities of the like –my wingspan is adequate for reaching snacks on the top shelf and almost nothing else. The weather’s just fine up here, thanks for asking, but the hanging lamps at this place could be raised a little higher.

I’m a proud native of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota, and I was raised on dirt roads and chuckwagons. I’m majoring in Film and Media Studies and living on Howe Street this year, just down the street from Mamoun’s–highly recommend!! My hobbies include longboarding through the streets of New Haven, YouTubing only the most exciting scenes from popular TV series/blockbuster films, and eating healthy portions of asphalt via the potholes in said streets of New Haven. If you ever see me glide past, feel free to give me a shout–I’ll return the favor in kind :-)

Aaron Warren
Branford ‘23

Hometown: Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico
Major: Undecided (Potentially Psychology and/or Ethnicity Race & Migration)
Tribal Affiliation: Kha’p’ongeh Tewa

Umbi a’gindi, Ohkhuwah T’ah o seng joowapiyeh khaweh, Tay T’owa, Kha’p’on, Kwaedi T’owa nah o muuh.

Aaron Warren is Tewa and Tiwa, from the Pueblos of Santa Clara (Kha’p’o Owingeh) and Isleta (Tue’i). He is a sophomore in Branford College, potentially majoring in either Psychology or Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Through being raised as an active member of his home villages, Aaron was instilled with a drive to make positive contributions to Indigenous communities. Aaron was an inagural member of the Santa Clara Pueblo Youth Council, an intern with the Santa Clara Pueblo Department of Youth and Learning, and a fellow with the Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy. These days he can be found farming ancestral Puebloan crop varieties in his family’s fields in New Mexico, discovering new mountain trails for running, and devouring homemade tortillas, Pueblo oven bread, or anything with green chile.