AIS Students and Alumni

Take a look at some of our AIS student accomplishments:

Dorothy Rhodes - Class of 2015:

I started work with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (Health and Human Services). I facilitate for financial classes (participants in our programs are required to attend). Next I will start facilitating with the Domestic Violence Advocate Linda Rivers. She liked that I had a Bachelors in American Indian Studies and asked me to help out. The cool thing is that my knowledge also allows me to reach the ladies where sometimes the clinical aspects can't. the Tribe has been awesome here.

Carley Tafoya - Clas of 2014:

Currently, I am in my last semester for my Master of Legal Studies Degree here at ASU. If all goes well I will be finished with it in December. When I complete my degree I am planning on getting some work experience. I am also prepping for the LSAT next year and getting ideas about law schools etc.

Antonia M. Lampros - Class of 2014:

I'm currently working as a paralegal and office manager at a small law firm in downtown Colorado Springs, CO, called Carpenter Law and Mediation, P.C. Right now my goal there is to eventually be trained and mentored to become a mediator.

Spring 2015 Dean's Medal winner Shelly Bruno. Click to read full article.

Fall 2014 Dean's medal winner Jenna Hutchinson. Click to read full article.

Lorena Yaiva, our first Master's graduate. Click to read full article.

AIS Graduate students take home honors. Click to read full article.

Spring 2014 Dean's medal winner Carley Tafoya. Click to read full article.

Fall 2013 Dean's medal winner Rudy Anaya. Click to read full article.

AIS Master's cohort present research at national conference. Click to read full article.

Spring 2013 Dean's medal winner Madison Fulton. Click to read full article.

Historic first AIS Master's class. Click to read full article.

Previous AIS Alumni:

 In this picture:  Tara L. Kitcheyan, John Tippeconnic III (AIS Director), Letresia Sullivan, Tyler Walls - Fall 2010


   Tara L. Kitcheyan / Fall 2010

  • The American Indian Studies (AIS) program has planted an awareness and knowledge about issues confronting our American Indian communities. The AIS program has provided an in-depth curriculum that has taught the history of my American Indian ancestors; the curriculum has also included ways to develop strategies that will provide stability in the realms of tribal governance, and tribal relations.  Most importantly, AIS, has taught me the inherit right of sovereignty as it pertains to our Tribal Nations. Just as important, the American Indian Studies program has ignited a strong desire within me to make a positive difference in Indian Country.  With the completion of my studies, I plan to further my education and pursue my Master's in Public Administration or a Juris Doctorate in American Indian Law.

   Letresia Sullivan / Fall 2010


   Tyler Walls / Fall 2010


  • Onondaga / Hopi
  • The American Indian Studies program at Arizona State University challenged me to become an intellectual and critical thinker.  Overall, the AIS program empowered my understanding and awareness of Indigenous issues; giving me focus and direction towards my own goals of creating positive change throughout Indian Country.

   Semana Thompson / 2007

  • Akimel O’Odham (Gila River Indian Community)/Hopi/Navajo
  • Cultural Resource Specialist, Gila River Indian Community, Tribal Historic Preservation Office
  • Bachelor of Science in American Indian Studies, ASU 2007
  • Areas of interest or responsibilities: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA), liaison for Gila River Indian Community

If you are an American Indian Studies Alumni, we would like to include your photo and information on this page.  

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Martos

Or our main desk phone number is 480-965-3634.