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April Petillo
TEL: (520) 626-9110
FAX: (520) 621-7652
Office: Harvill 308-2
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  • Many Nations of Native America,
  • Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • Contemporary Issues in American Indian Studies
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Kari L. Quiballo
American Indian Studies PhD Candidate/Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant

Kari L. Quiballo is currently a Doctoral Candidate and LIbrary Information Associate in Access and Information Services at UA's Main Library. She has recently completed a Research Assistantship at the Native Nations Institute (NNI) working on the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN)....
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Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan
PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
Office: Harvill Building Room 304

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan is Tohono O'odham and from the San Xavier District. She is currently a doctoral candidate in American Indian Studies with a minor in Journalism. Jacelle has severed on the American Indian Studies Graduate Student Council as President and Vice President. She is currently a...
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Tristan Reader
Assistant Professor of Practice
Office: Harvill 226D

Tristan Reader is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of American Indian Studies and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. His work focuses on:

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Gregory Redhouse
Adjunct Faculty
FAX: (520) 621-7952


Ya'at'eeh!  Shi ei Gregory Redhouse yinishye. Dennehotsodee' naasha. Sha'alchini taa', alaaji' naaghahigii, shi-tsi' Haylei wolye, aadoo' alniiji' naaghahigii, shiye' Bradley wolye, aadoo' akeedee' naaghahigii, shi-tsi' Octavia wolye.

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Gina Richard
TEL: (520) 626-5055
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 320E-1

Areas of expertise and research interests: history of Indian removal, allotment, and assimilation; Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; cultural continuity; archaeology in the context of collaboration with descendant communities; ethics; Native American identity and...
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Sheila Rocha
FAX: (520) 621-7952
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Mikhelle Ross-Mulkey
FAX: (520) 621-7952

I am an enrolled Cherokee citizen and plan to conduct my PhD research on leadership styles back home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma were I plan to remain after graduation. My oldest two children plan to attend Sequoyah High School next year. I am currently job searching at Northeastern State...
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Ann Samuelson
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
TEL: (520) 626-6027
Office: Haury 210C

Hi.  My name is Ann Samuelson and I am an Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Sr. for the Department of American indian Studies within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

I have been advising UA students for nine years. I like to assist students in figuring out...
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Michelle Sanchez
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Ivanna Sanchez
Student Worker
TEL: (520) 621-7108

Hi, My name is Ivanna Sanchez and I am currently a junior at the University of Arizona. I am majoring in Sociology and Family Studies as well as obtained as minor in Spanish! In my spare time I like to run and draw as well volunteer around my community!

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Matthew Schwoebel
TEL: (520) 626-9191
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 320D
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Emory Sekaquaptewa

Emory Sekaquaptewa (December 28, 1928 – December 14, 2007) was an anthropologist, artist, Hopi Court judge, and a University professor. He was affiliated with the University of Arizona since 1972 and was Acting Director of American Indian Studies from 1987-1988. Professor Sekaquaptewa’s...
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Elizabeth Shulterbrandt
My name is Elizabeth Shulterbrandt and I am originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands. I completed my BA in Political Science at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. After undergrad, I became involved in the local Native community in the Inland Empire, (LA Area) CA, through my work as a Community...
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Michael Simpson
FAX: (520) 621-7952

I have two great adult children. I have done many things in my life: attorney, teacher (from inner city and reservation high schools to community college to university to law school), insurance and financial services, mediator, and various blue-collar jobs. Worked my way through school and...
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Kestrel Smith
Ph.D. Graduate, American Indian Studies

Dr. Kestrel A. Smith is an instructor of American Indian Studies (AIS), whose teaching and research broadly explore American Indian culture, history, and contemporary issues, with an emphasis on American Indian education and epistemologies. Much of her work has focused on how to place Native...
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Dr. Jose Soto
Assistant Professor
TEL: 520-621-1054
FAX: (520) 621-8801
Office: ENR2 N216
Dr. Jose Soto is an AIS affiliated faculty member and an assistant professor at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  His research intrests include: modeling of coupled natural-human systems at different spatial and temporal scales for both fundamental...
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Tarissa Spoonhunter

Tarissa Spoonhunter, under direction of her dissertation chair, Dr. Benedict J. Colombi, received the very prestigious UA Excellence Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences.  For additional information about the award, please go to:  ...
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Rachel Starks
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Jay Stauss

Jay Stauss, Jamestown S’Klallam; served as Director of AIS for the past decade. Fall, 2002 he made the transition back to the faculty. His most recent books include, Native American Studies In Higher Education, Alta Mira Press, Walnut Creek (2002), a text co-edited with Duane Champagne,...
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Jennifer Stern
TEL: (520) 626-4578
Office: Harvill 235A

A New Jersey native, Jennifer graduated from Penn State with degrees in literature, journalism, and women's studies. She continued her education at UNLV, graduating with a Master's Degree in English. In 2012, she moved to Tucson and began pursuing a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies, minoring in...
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Sherrie Stewart
TEL: (520) 626-3397
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 304-1

Originally from Texas, I have lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, farmed in northern Michigan, floated around on a sailboat for about a year in the Florida Keys, survived ten years of the break-neck pace in Los Angeles, California, and then moved to Tucson in 1991. My husband and I started our own...
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Mary Stoecklein
TEL: (520)-626-7007
Office: Harvill 306
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Richard Stoffle
TEL: (520) 621-2462
FAX: (520) 621-9608
Office: Haury 317A

Richard Stoffle is a Full Research Anthropologist with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology with the AIS interdisciplinary faculty. Professor Stoffle is a graduate of the University of Colorado, and earned his MA and PhD degrees at the University of Kentucky, and taught at...
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Xiaochen Sun
TEL: (520) 626-3405
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 340-1
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Matthew Tafoya
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Melissa Tatum
GIDP Chair-Director of Graduate Studies
TEL: 631-4222

Professor Tatum specializes in tribal jurisdiction and tribal courts, as well as in issues relating to cultural property and sacred places. She was a contributing author to Felix Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, and has written extensively...
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Ronald Trosper
TEL: (520) 621-7108
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 237A

Dr. Trosper is examining principles of Indigenous economics and writing a book on the topic.  He is interested in the areas in which he teaches for the purposes of serving on student committees; in addition to Indigenous economics, he teaches in the areas of Native Nation Building,...
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Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu
Ph.D. Student

Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu (Navajo) is a Ph.D. Student in the American Indian Studies Department concentrating in the area of American Indian Education while simultaneously working toward a Certification in Higher Education. She holds a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Policy Studies with a...
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Aresta Tsosie-Paddock
Career Track Assistant Professor
TEL: (520) 626-9110
FAX: (520) 621-7952
Office: Harvill 226B

Ya’at’eeh, Shi ei Dr. Aresta Tsosie-Paddock yinishye. My Navajo clans are Naakai Dine'e/To’aheedliinii (Journeying People/Water Flows Together clan) born for Biih'bitoo’nii (Deer Springs clan), maternal grandfathers are Tl'izi lani (Many Goats clan) and paternal grandfathers are Kinyaa'aanii (...
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