Ryneldi BecentiRyneldi Becenti (Navajo) changed the face of women’s basketball when she became the first Native American to play in the WNBA. Becenti, who was inducted into the Hall of Heroes in 1996, was also the first women’s basketball player at Arizona State University to have her jersey retired. Becenti averaged 7.1 assists per game at ASU (1991-93), which remains a Pacific-12 Conference record.
Valerie Red-HorseValerie Red-Horse is an award-winning filmmaker, entrepreneur and investment banker. She was born in 1959 in California, USA as Valerie Rochelle Littlestar Red-Horse. She is an actress and director, known for Naturally Native (1998), True Whispers (2002) and Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998).
Alayna Eagle ShieldAlayna held a seat in the National Native Youth Cabinet under the National Congress of American Indians. Three key issues that she addressed on behalf of the Native youth population are the importance of language and culture, bullying, and lack of education. She understands the importance of keeping the language alive. 'Speaking your language is a guide to knowing who you are as a Native', says Alayna.
Juliana Brown Eyes-CliffordJuliana and her husband, Scotti Clifford, have formed the band, 'Scatter Their Own' (which is the English translation for the word Oglala). They travel to various Indian reservations and other parts of the country to play their music. They are self-taught, cannot read music and play what comes out naturally from their hearts. Juliana is inspired to play for the youth and inspire them to branch out and learn about the arts and music which are topics not generally exposed on the reservation. The songs they write are about Mother Earth, social justice and about the Native American culture.
Dr. Maryjo Watson Dr. Mary Jo Watson earned three degrees from the University of Oklahoma including her B.F.A. in Art History, her M.L.S. in Seminole Aesthetics, and her Ph.D. in Native American Art History. Honors for Dr. Watson include; Paseo Art Association's Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), Regents’ Professorship, University of Oklahoma (2008), the Students’ Choice faculty award (2006); Outstanding Faculty, Center for Student Life-Indian Student Award (2003); Special Recognition for Outstanding Service by Native American Women (2003), Governor’s Art Award for Outstanding Service (2002); Oklahoma Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching (2002), College of Fine arts Outstanding Faculty Award (1997), and Governor’s Arts Award for significant contribution to enhance the arts in Oklahoma (1993).
Charlene TetersAs a teacher, artist and activist, Spokane tribal member Charlene Teters challenges portrayals of Indian people as objects, mascots and stereotypes, seeking to create a shift from the dehumanization of native people in pop culture, media and sports.
Charmaine White FaceCharmaine White Face, or Zumila Wobaga, is a teacher, activist, and elder of the Oglala Sioux Nation. She also works at the international level in support of recognition of human rights of indigenous peoples all over the world. She is the spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council.
Alexandrea SchulteA Native American Professional golfer from the Northern Ute Tribe, she graduated in 2010 from the University of Arkansas. She had a full golf scholarship, was a 4 year starter including 4 SEC
Championships, 4 NCAA Regional, and 1 NCAA Championship appearances. She finished among
career leaders in many historical statistics.
Lois Ellen FrankA Santa Fe, New Mexico based Native American Chef, Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, author and photographer, Lois Ellen Frank's first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. Ms. Frank has spent over 20 years documenting the foods and life ways of Native American communities throughout the Southwest writing and photographing many articles and papers on the topic.
Elisapee SheutiapikElisapee Sheutiapik served as mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. She won the mayoral election in 2003, defeating the incumbent mayor John Matthews by 40 votes, and was acclaimed to a second term in 2006. On 19 October 2009, Sheutiapik won a third term as mayor of Iqaluit.
Roberta Reyes CorderoRoberta Reyes Cordero of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, is a cultural ambassador and conflict resolution professional. For nearly twenty years she has been actively pursuing ways to give tribal people a voice in coastal marine planning in California. Aided by her efforts, the Chumash Nation has reestablished a connection to its canoeing and seafaring roots, which has led to a resurgence of the Chumash language, the preparation of Native foods, creation of art, and a reestablishment of family connections among tribal members.
Dr. Ofelia ZepedaZepeda is a professor of linguistics at the University of Arizona and is well known for her efforts in the preservation of her native language and to promote literacy in it. She is also known for her work as a consultant and advocate on behalf of a number of American indigenous languages. Her book A Papago Grammar is the standard textbook used to teach the Tohono O'odham language.