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

Evan Roberts

Benjamin Franklin ‘23

Hometown: Longmont, CO

Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Indigenous Nation: Tlingit

Hi! I’m Evan, I’m a junior in Franklin studying Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Outside of ANAAY, I am a Peer Liaison with the NACC, an active member of Red Territory, and on the board of Yale Democrats and the Franklin College Council. I’m also involved with the Women’s Leadership Initiative and I’m a research assistant in the linguistics department studying Native languages. You can find me on campus ordering too much takeout from the best New Haven restaurants or procrastinating in the NACC kitchen.

Hema Patel

Vice President
Saybrook ‘23

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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
Outreach Coordinator
Silliman ‘23

Hometown: Warren, NJ
Major: Undecided
Indigenous Nation: Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

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.

Aaron Warren
Branford ‘23

Major: Undecided
Indigenous Nation: Pueblos of Santa Clara and Isleta

Aaron is a first year in Branford College expecting to major in either History, ER&M, or Psychology. Part of the 11th cohort of Santa Fe Indian School’s Summer Policy Academy, Aaron is also interested in the protection of sacred sites, American Indian education reform, and tribal land/water rights. Outside of school he likes to hang around the NACC, drink coffee, and watch the NBA. In New Mexico you can find Aaron farming with his family, singing songs in Tewa, and playing with his pug. 

John Crawford

Morse ‘22

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.

Alex Contreras-Montesano

Graphic Designer
Benjamin Franklin ‘23

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
Major: Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Race and Migration
Indigenous Nations: Nahua Tlaxcaltec 

Alex Contreras-Montesano (Nahua Tlaxcaltec) is a junior from Burlington, Vermont majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She is also part of the Education Studies Program. She is a PL with the NACC. Some of her favorite things in the world are her little sister Scarlett, chai from the Jitterbus, and the color yellow. In addition to ANAAY she is involved in Indigenous + Queer, the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, Students Unite Now, the Public School Interns program, and A Leg Even. In her free time she enjoys hanging out at the NACC, baking cookies, and braiding. 

Truman Pipestem
Co-Bonding Coordinator

Hometown: Skiatook, Oklahoma

Major: Humanities
Indigenous Nation: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe
Pronouns: He/Him
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!
Lex Schultz
Co-Bonding Coordinator
Saybrook ‘24
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!
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Ivy Native Council

ANAAY Ivy Native Summit 2016……

ANAAY Powwow and Henry Roe Cloud Conference 2017…

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