Yale Native American Arts Council

The Yale Native American Arts Council is designed to educate, promote, and create Native art. This includes, but is not limited to: visual arts, and literature/spoken word including; contemporary and traditional Native arts and artists. Mediums of art include, but are not limited to: quilting, beading, painting, literature, performance art, and spoken word. The group aims to expose all members of the Yale undergraduate community to Native American culture through art and expression.

Past events include beading nights, coloring book study breaks, an art exhibition on the third floor of the Native American Cultural Center, photo campaigns and film screenings with other groups on campus.

Questions? Contact katherine.mccleary@yale.edu

  Katie McCleary, Baaapáaliksshitchish (Pretty Flower)


Hopper ‘18

Hometown: Two Leggins, Montana
Major: History
Tribal Affiliation: Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Cree and Crow Nation

Katie aka Supernova is a junior History major in Formerly Known as Calhoun (FKAC) College. She hails from the bustling metropolis known as Two Leggins, Montana on the Crow Rez. Reppin’ the Ashkaamne Clan and child of Ashshitchite Clan, she’s the Head Women Singer of Blue Feather Drum Group and the President of the Association of Native Americans at Yale. She graces Yale with her Rez ball skillz as a co-captain for the Yale Women’s Club Basketball team. She also holds it down for the FKAC College Council, Indian Health Initiative, Sisters of All Nations, and Student Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). She indulges in poppin’ out of small spaces and scaring the wits out of unknowing friends, and can be found modeling her mom’s latest beadwork, people watching on cross campus, and unsuccessfully studying in coffee shops. 


Alanna Pyke
Communications Officer
Timothy Dwight ‘19

Hometown: Akwesasne, New York
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Indigenous Nation: Akwesasne Mohawk

Alanna is involved in Yale Sisters of All Nations and the Indian Health Initiative, the president of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and a participant in the STARS program, and occasionally other groups in the NACC. She likes to ski, ice skate, and play lacrosse in her spare time.


Hanna Sheridan


Trumbull ʻ18

Hometown: Potterville, Michigan
Major: History
Tribal Affiliation: Seneca Nation of Indians

I am so proud to be a member of the Yale Native community. I’m a history major and really enjoy taking native studies courses. I’m involved in a few different groups on campus like ANAAY, Trumbull College Council, and YHAAP. This is my first year as a peer liaison for the NACC, and I’m excited to be able to give back to a community that has meant so much to me. I am also a proud alumna of the Washington Internships for Native Students program at American University, where, like at Yale, I had the opportunity to study and work with native students from all over the country.