Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY)
Founded by John Bathke (‘89), the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY) is a student-run political and cultural organization at Yale University designed to celebrate, educate, and appreciate Indigenous cultures and histories. ANAAY is devoted to the establishment of an Indigenous presence on Campus. The group works towards Indigenous cultural awareness of the Yale Community with a Native perspective through panels, speaker programs, and other events throughout the year, including our annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, our powwow, and our participation in the Ivy Native Council. See the links below for information about some of our events! Join the Association of Native Americans at Yale for meetings in the NACC conference room on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, and contact our board members to learn more.
ANAAY Board 2018-2019
Hometown: Turtle Mountain Belcourt, North Dakota and Minneapolis, MN
Major: History of Science, Health, and Medicine and Education Studies
Indigenous Nation: Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, also Gujarati-American
Hey I’m Hema! I love sour gummy worms and hot Cheetos, dancing, and spending hours either procrastinating or intensely working at the NACC. I work on House Staff at the NACC, teach dance to public school kids through CityStep New Haven, and I run my own small business sharing my beadwork. One fun fact about me is that I’ve never ~officially~ learned to swim. One even more fun fact about me is that even though I never learned to swim, you can most often find me kayaking on the Minneapolis lakes back home… shout-out to life vests!
|Lexy Oxendine Beard
Hello! I’m Lexy Oxendine Beard, a rising sophomore in Silliman College. I grew up in New Jersey and graduated from The Pingry School. I am a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, which is the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River. At Yale, I am involved in the Association of Native American at Yale (ANAAY) and the LEAP youth program, and I am looking forward to exploring more extracurriculars over the next year. During this past year, I took a leave of absence during which I was able to live in New York City and complete two remote marketing internships. I love working with others and am deeply passionate about equal opportunity and visibility of the Indigenous people.
Hometown: Oconomowoc, WI
Major: History, Global Affairs
Indigenous Nation: Forest County Potawatomi Community
John is a senior in Morse College double majoring in History and Global Affairs. He is interested in Tribal treaty rights, economic development in Indian Country, and international indigeneity. Following graduation, John is planning on studying law or international relations. In his free time, he enjoys playing spikeball and debating with friends.
Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
Major: Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Race and Migration
Indigenous Nations: Nahua Tlaxcaltec
Alex Contreras-Montesano (Nahua Tlaxcaltec)
Hometown: Skiatook, Oklahoma
Indigenous Nation: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe
Hi, I’m Truman! I am a Supersophomore in Morse College with a love for cartoons, cheesy mid-2000s animated movies, and the Electric Light Orchestra. You will know I am at the NACC when you hear the sound of a loud laugh, dancing, or Red Territory. Outside of the NACC, I am often involved in Morse Intramurals and part of Lux Improvitas, Yale’s youngest improv comedy group. Let’s have an enjoyable time together!
Hometown: North Georgia
Major: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Indigenous Nation: Tsalagi
Pronouns: she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Hi! I’m Lex, a sophomore in Saybrook College (say what?) from North Georgia majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences. I’m a huge fan of shirley temples, terrible disaster movies, rollerskating, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Outside of ANAAY, I am a staff writer at Broad Recognition and a member of Yale YDSA. A fun fact about me is that I don’t know how to ride a bike and I am perfectly content with that. I also (debatably) know how to play guitar and I like to write my own music!