Native and Indigenous Student Association at Yale

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.

In 2021, the the organization known as ANAAY underwent a significant name change stewarded by the students themselves with input from the Yale and New Haven community. Details about this historic change can be found in an article written by the co-president of ANAAY in 2021, Hema Patel. The article can found here:… under “On Becoming NISAY.”

NISAY Board 2020-2021

Mara Gutierrez (Pierson ‘25)

Co-Bonding Coordinator

Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Major: Undecided
Indigenous Nation: Diné / Navajo
Pronouns: she/her

Hello! I’m Mara. I am a prospective History and/or Chemistry major. I am in Red Territory (RT) as well as NISAY. You can often find me at the NACC anytime I don’t have class or have to leave to eat. I have three cats, a lot of stuffed animals, and a food plug. I’m always here to lend an ear.

Madeline Gupta (Morse ‘25)

Co-Bonding Coordinator

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Major: Statistics and ER&M
Indigenous Nation: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Madeline is a first year in Morse College studying data science and Ethnicity Race and Migration. She is a first year liaison for the NACC and the Website Coordinator for Ucross at the Yale School of the Environment. Her favorite things are her dog, her family, skateboarding, pasta, and music!

Oscar Turner (Benjamin Franklin ‘24)
Outreach Chair
Hometown: South Coast of England
Major: Environmental Science
Indigenous Nation: Snuneymuxw First Nation
Pronouns: he/him

‘uy’ sqweyul sii’em’ nu siiye’yu. ’een’thu Kusquilth. tun’ni’ tsun ’utl’ snuneymuhw

My legal name is Oscar Turner and I come from the Thomas family as a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation located on unceded Coast Salish Territory on so called ‘Vancouver Island, BC ’. My father is of British origin and I was raised by the Solent sea and the South Downs hill range on the south coast of England. I’m a sophomore in Franklin, studying environmental science and rowing on varsity heavyweight crew. On the NISAY board, I’m honored to fill the role of outreach coordinator and am looking forward to contributing to the success and impact of NISAY going forward.

Nicholas Collyge (Jonathan Edwards ‘23)
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Major: Anthropology
Indigenous Nation: Cherokee Nation (Tsalagi)
Pronouns: he/him

Osiyo! I’m Nicholas (he/him/his) from the Cherokee Nation (Tsalagi). I am Junior in Jonathan Edwards College studying anthropology with an emphasis in biological anthropology. Besides being involved in NISAY, I am also a member of Red Territory, Yale’s premier Native drum group. This organization and the people within it is a large part of why I chose to attend Yale. Outside of the classroom and club events, I like to read thrillers, listen to alternative rock (some of my favorite bands being Royal Blood, The Black Keys, and Our Last Night), and enjoy a nice cup of tea.

Olivia Wedemeyer (Ezra Stiles ‘25)
Co-Arts Chair
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Major: ER&M and History
Indigenous Nation: Native Hawaiian/Kanaka Maoli
Pronouns: she/her

Hi! I’m Olivia, a first-year in Ezra Stiles College from Honolulu, Hawai`i. I’m really excited to be one of the Arts Chairs for NISAY this year and can’t wait to work on projects with this wonderful community. I’m planning on studying Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, and History. I am a big fan of Taylor Swift and sitting on Cross Campus. In my free time you can find me at any of Yale’s surrounding coffee shops (but most likely Atticus), working on pieces for the Yale Herald and Down Magazine, or playing pool quite poorly in the Stiles Buttery.

Rebecca Sosa-Coba (Pauli Murray ‘25)
Co-Arts Chair
Hometown: Bloomfield, New Jersey
Major: Cognitive Science
Indigenous Nation: Kichwa (Ecuador)
Pronouns: she/her
Rebecca (she/her) is super excited to be the co-arts chair for NISAY! She is a prospective Cognitive Science major, but she is also interested in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Gender Studies. In her free time, Rebecca loves rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender, listening to music, and drawing / painting / meditating. You can also find her baking desserts and cooking traditional Ecuadorian dishes!
Megan Blackwell (Silliman ‘25)
Connecticut Liaison

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Major: Undecided
Indigenous Nation:  Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, Muscogee
Pronouns: she/her
Megan is a first year in Silliman College. She is interested in studying History and Cognitive Science. Outside of the NACC, Megan is involved with Yale Dems, Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, and Yale Outdoors. In her free time she enjoys watching Liverpool FC games, unwinding in the Acorn, and learning Chickasaw.
Sunni Parisien (Pauli Murray ‘25)
Ivy Native Council Representative
Hometown: Turtle Mountain Reservation, Belcourt, North Dakota
Major: prospective English/WGSS
Indigenous Nation: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Pronouns: she/her/hers and they/them/theirs

Boozhoo! I’m Sunni (she/they), a first-year in Pauli Murray college from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. I’m a prospective English or Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies major, or possibly both (shout-out to my fellow indecisive folks!). Having the opportunity to be involved with the Indigenous community at Yale is one of the biggest reasons why I chose to come here; besides NISAY, I’m also a first-year liaison for the NACC and a member of Red Territory and Indigenous and Queer. In no particular order, three of my favorite things are cats, coffee, and collections of words (aka books). If you ever want to get rid of some extra time on your hands, let’s get a cup of coffee and I’ll tell you about my love for Joy Harjo. ٩◔‿◔۶

Indigenous Peoples’ Day………

Ivy Native Council

ANAAY Ivy Native Summit 2016……

ANAAY Powwow and Henry Roe Cloud Conference 2017…

ANAAY Activism………

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