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 Marlee Kelly 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 sophomore in Ezra Stiles college, and a prospective English and/or linguistics 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 vine compilations with friends.

Paige Johnson

Hopper ‘18

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

My name is Paige and I am a Junior in Hopper College. I am Blackfeet and Navajo and am from the Blackfeet Reservation in Northern 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, YSAN, AISES, occasionally the YPMB, and I am learning my Native language through the NACC!

Marlee Kelly

Ezra Stiles ‘20

Hometown: Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Major: English
Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Lakota

Marlee emačiyapi. Waniyetu ma wikčemna nuŋpa na owakpamni hemtanhan! Oglala Lakȟota hemačha.

My name is Marlee Kelly! I’m a junior from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and I am Oglala Lakȟota. I’m in Ezra Stiles College, easily the best college, stuyding English. On campus, I’m a low-key member of the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY) as well as an acitive member of the Yale Dramat. While at Yale, the NACC has been a home away from home and I’m super pumped to help y’all learn the ways of the house and greater Yale community! I’m glad to answer any questions you have! With that being said, Welcome to Yale and see you in the fall!

Hannah Selwyn

Hopper ‘20

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

Hannah (Lakota) is a junior in Hopper College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In addition to being a Peer Liaison for the NACC, she is the current Vice President 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

Hello!! Welcome to the NACC!!!!!!!! WOOP WOOP. My name is Anna and I am #blessed to be meeting you all! I am Sac & Fox and Seminole and I am from Oklahoma. I am usually always talking about Oklahoma, and if I am not talking about it with Madeleine (one of the other PLs) then I am definitely thinking about it. Speaking of Oklahoma, I think I might major in English, but that is still kind of up in the air. I will say my biggest regret of my first-year was taking a class called “Yoga in South Asia and Beyond.” It was an entire semester on… you guessed it: yoga and there were only three of us in the class. So you could call it an interesting experience to say the least. Last summer I was mostly chilling in Oklahoma keeping up on the MVP Trae Young, but for June I was suffering from intense humidity in Costa Rica and learning about sustainability/how humans have really botched the planet. Excellent English major material if you ask me. I have also been spending some time helping to plan our next powwow so I hope you all are as excited for that as I am! If you want to chat about anything just hmu and it will be a time. It’s been real #annaout

Chase Warren

Berkeley ‘20

Hometown: Fort Yates, North Dakota
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Tribal Affiliation: Hunkpapah 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 na Yale owáyawa wayážopi 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 and the Yale Precision Marching Band. 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.