Student Staff

NACC Student Staff work at the Center during open hours (4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday through Firday) and assist with publicity, planning and coordinating events, and maintaining the NACC facilities.

We are currently hiring! The NACC is looking to fill a limited number of house manager positions and first-year liaison positions. Contact our assistant director, TBA, for inquiries.

Graduate Affiliate

   

To Be Announced

House Managers

 

Meghanlata (Meghan) Gupta

Morse ‘21

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Major: Anthropology and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health

Native Nation: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Meghanlata (Meghan) Gupta is a sophomore in Morse College double majoring in Anthropology and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Outside of her House Staff position, Meghan is a writer for the Yale Human Rights Journal, a member of ANAAY, a Splash! at Yale teacher, and a FOCUS on New Haven leader. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and trying out new restaurants in New Haven!

 

Matthew Motylenski

Trumbull ‘20

Hometown: Flushing, New York

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Native Nation: Mohawk, Bay of Quinte Band

Matty is a junior who is actively involved in our community. In addition to serving on the house staff of the Native American Cultural Center, he is a member of the Association of Native Americans at Yale and the Indian Health Initiative. Also, he has been on the Native American Heritage Month Committee and the Intercultural House Committee. He is committed to social justice, and he plans to attend law school so that he will be able to represent tribes in their pursuit of legal remedies. When he is not studying, he is busy organizing social events to welcome students to Yale. He is the third bulldog in his family as he follows both his sister and his Mom, fellow Trumbullians. He enjoys stand-up comedy, dancing, baking, and working out at the gym.

 

Darrell Pona

Grace Hopper ‘21

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Native Nation: Narragansett, Pequot

Darrell is a sophomore in Hopper College working as House Staff. In addition to being a part of the Native community, he shakes it up as the President of Sabrosura: Yale’s Premier Latin Dance Team, is a part of the executive board for Despierta Boricua: Puerto Rican Students at Yale, and is the Intercultural Liaison for the Students of the Diaspora. Outside of the NACC, he works in the DNA Analysis Facility at Yale to further his interest in biomedical research. On his free time, he loves to practice taekwondo, play basketball and soccer, and sing along to his favorite songs.

 

Jacob Rosales

Davenport ‘21

Hometown: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Native Nation: Oglala Lakota

Jacob works on House Staff at the NACC and is currently a sophomore planning to major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He comes from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Southwestern South Dakota. In his free time, Jacob enjoys jogging, listening to music, eating late-night pizza, and longboarding around campus and exploring the surrounding neighborhoods. He is a current FOOT leader and is always down for outdoor activities.

 

Elia Taffa

Trumbull ‘20

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Major: Computer Science

Native Nation: Quechan

Elia is a junior in Trumbull College majoring in Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys helping around the house, playing video games, and reading. Elia has worked at Yale University’s Chaplain’s Office since his first year, but this is his first year working in the house. He is excited to contribute to Yale’s indigenous community. He is currently involved in event planning and the Indian Health and Wellness Initiative.

 

Micah Young

Saybrook ‘21

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Major: Economics

Native Nation: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)

Micah is a Sophomore in Saybrook College. In addition to serving on house staff he performs with the Yale Russian Chorus and practices Kiswahili. This year he is working on NACC alumni relations, recruitment, and history gathering. In his free time, you can catch him reading and practicing the ukulele.

First Year Liaisons

 

Nolan Arkansas

Trumbull ‘22

Hometown: Cherokee, North Carolina

Major: Undecided

Native Nation: Cherokee

Nolan Arkansas (Unagalisgi) is a first-year student from the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. Nolan is a LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) scholar, and is currently a resident of Trumbull college. You will often see him in the Trumbull dining hall, the Native American Cultural Center, or on campus running late to class (Indian time). This year, Nolan is on house staff as one of the First-year Liaisons. Proficient in Cherokee and English, Nolan loves to study languages, and he has a profound interest in writing poetry. This year, he plans to learn Spanish, perform slam poetry, and explore new artistic and physical interests.

 

Jay Fife

Davenport ‘22

Hometown: Beggs, Oklahoma

Major: Undecided

Native Nation: Mvskoke (Creek), Apsaalooke (Crow), Chickasaw

Jay Fife is a first-year Mvskoke student from Beggs, Oklahoma. He plans to major in linguistics and/or anthropology. Jay was elected to Yale First Year College Council as the Davenport representative. He is also a member of the Association of Native Americans at Yale. Most of the time you can find Jay at the Native American Cultural Center, if he’s not in his dorm room. Whenever Jay has free time, he enjoys speaking his tribal language, singing stomp dance songs, and missing home.

 

Mikki Metteba

Branford ‘22

Hometown: Deer Springs, AZ

Major: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Native Nation: Diné/Navajo

Mikki Metteba is a first-year Diné/Navajo student from Deer Springs, AZ on the Navajo Nation. She hopes to study Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies alongside either premed or political science with a concentration in communist and socialist theory. Mikki also plans to research the historical and contemporary praxis of indigenous feminisms throughout Indian Country. Aside from her passions for indigenous social justice, she also enjoys drawing small comics, film appreciation/analysis, and angry feminist punk music.