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

Meghan Gupta
Morse ‘21

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Major: Ethnicity, Race & Migration
Indigenous Nation: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Meghanlata is a current senior at Yale and a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. As an Ethnicity, Race, and Migration major and Mellon Mays Bouchet Undergraduate Fellow, her research work focuses on Indigenous histories and archival practices. Outside of Yale, she runs Indigenizing the News, a digital news source dedicated to Native news and contemporary issues. She loves to spend time with friends, read books, and eat at the amazing restaurants New Haven has to offer!

Nolan Arkansas
Vice President
Trumbull ‘22

Hometown: Cherokee, NC
Major: American Studies
Indigenous Nation: Eastern Band of Cherokee

Nolan is from Cherokee territory in western NC and a sophomore in Trumbull College. Catch him on campus visiting coffee shops, lounging around Trumbull, or hosting Baking and Bonding every Thursday at 8 pm at the NACC!

Lexy Oxendine Beard
Silliman ‘23

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

Hello! I’m Lexy Oxendine Beard, a first-year in Silliman College. I grew up in North New Jersey and graduated from The Pingry School, a small private day-school. I am a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, which is the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River. In high school, I was involved in various community service initiatives as well as field hockey, lacrosse, and theater. So far at Yale, I am involved in the Association of Native American at Yale (ANAAY) and The Whaling Crew. Outside of Yale, I am beginning to volunteer with the LEAP youth program as a mentor for senior students applying to college and a counselor working with the elementary-age after-school program. 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. 

Gabriella Blatt
Outreach Coordinator
Ezra Stiles ‘21
Hometown: Rocky Boy Reservation, Montana
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Indigenous Nation: Chippewa-Cree

Gabriella is a junior in Ezra Stiles College. She is majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration with interests ranging from the environmental humanities, media studies, and Indigenous studies. Outside of ANAAY Gabriella is a Mellon Mays Fellow where she studies how Indigenous people utilize social media platforms as sites of community building and as a radicalization tool. In her free time she can be found studying Persian and making memes.

Madison (Maddie) Murphy

Graphic Designer
Jonathan Edwards ‘22

Hometown: Black Hills, South Dakota
Major: Undeclared; Education Studies Scholar
Indigenous Nations: Hidatsa (Three Affiliated Tribes) and Chippewa (Lac Courte Oreilles Band)

In addition to being ANAAY’s graphic designer, Maddie works as a dining hall manager, a Communication and Consent Educator (CCE), a dog walker, and as one of the directors of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, a summer program for New Haven public middle schoolers. Maddie also plays the oboe for Davenport Pops Orchestra, is a member of the Jonathan Edwards College Council, and is a Yale Volunteer in Public Schools (Y-VIPS). She enjoys being a member of ANAAY as she gets to work with her friends and is supported by everyone to create whatever she wants!

Hema Patel

Co-Bonding Coordinator
Saybrook ‘23

Hometown: Turtle Mountain Belcourt, North Dakota and Minneapolis, MN
Major: Potential Environmental Studies and South Asian Studies
Indigenous Nation: Turtle Mountain Ojibwe

Hey I’m Hema! I love sour gummy worms and hot Cheetos, reading books, dancing, and spending hours either procrastinating or intensely working at the NACC. One fun fact about me is that I never 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 canoeing on the Minneapolis lakes back home… shout-out to life vests!

Evan Roberts

Co-Bonding Coordinator
Benjamin Franklin ‘23

Major: Political Science or Psychology
Indigenous Nation: Tlingit

Evan is a first-year in Benjamin Franklin College planning to study Political Science or Psychology. Outside of ANAAY, she is a member of Red Territory and works with the Yale Democrats on working on elections around the country.

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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