2021-2022 Native American Council Members

Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett


Title and Department: Special Collections Coordinator at State Historical Society of Iowa

Email: Mary-Bennett@uiowa.edu 

Education: M.A. History, University of Iowa

Passion: Photography

Fun Facts: Selected as a College of Liberal Arts Alumni Fellow

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Kelly Clougher, Ph.D.

Title and Department: Associate Director for Outreach Services and Embedded Programs, University Counseling Services

Education: Ball State University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Email: kelly-clougher@uiowa.edu

Areas and Passions: I am personally and professionally dedicated to social justice and equality for all persons. Specifically, I work to raise awareness and advocate for marginalized groups through my clinical practice and outreach initiatives. I have a strong interest in issues related to racial/ethnic identities especially American Indian populations, LGBT identities and "coming out" processes, and concerns typically faced by women such as body image and eating disorders.

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Joe Dan Coulter, Ph.D.

Pronouns: He/Him

Tribal Affiliation: enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma

Title and Department:  Professor, Emeritus- Community and Behavioral Health

Email: joe-coulter@uiowa.edu

Biographical Sketch

Education: PhD in Biological Psychology from University of Oklahoma               

Cherie Haury-Artz

Cherie Haury-Artz

Title and Department: Archeology Technician, The Office of the State Archaeologist

Email: cherie-hauryartz@uiowa.edu

Education: B.A. in Anthropology from State University of New York at Potsdam; M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Adam Potter

Adam Potter, PHR, PRC, JCDC

Pronouns: He/Him

Tribal Affiliation: Meskwaki

Title and Department: Senior Human Resources Specialist, Talent Acquisition

Email: adam-potter@uiowa.edu

Fun Facts: Retired army veteran

Jacki Rand

Jacki Rand, Ph.D.

Pronouns: She/Her

Tribal Affiliation: Citizen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; descendant Mississippi Choctaw

Title and Department: Associate Professor, Department of History; Coordinator, NAIS

Email:  jacki-rand@uiowa.edu

Education: Ph.D. in History, University of Oklahoma

What advice would you give to a Native American student on campus? 
Meet with your professors.  We care about students.

What advice do you give to someone who works with Native American students?
Make no assumptions.

Areas of Passion & Initiatives: Community-centered scholarship

Fun Facts: I love to follow virtual beading circles.  

Favorite Quote: “Do work that matters. Vale la pena”  Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Favorite Book: Anything by Louise Erdrich

Carrie Schuettpelz

Carrie Schuettpelz
Vice President


Tribal Affiliation: Enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe

Title and Department: Lecturer; Fellow of Practice, Public Policy Center, Department of Rhetoric

Email: carrie-schuettpelz@uiowa.edu

Education: MFA, Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016; MPP, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2009; BA, Political Science and Anthropology, University of Iowa, 2006

Fun Facts: Was a Fulbright scholar and Carrie Schuettpelz was a homelessness policy advisor in the Obama Administration from 2009-2016.

Kevin Washburn

Kevin Washburn

Pronouns: he/him

Tribal Affiliation: Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma

Title and Department: Dean, College of Law

Office Number:  319-384-4658         

Email:  kevin-washburn@uiowa.edu         

Education: BA (Economics), University of Oklahoma; JD, Yale Law School   

What advice would you give to a Native American student on campus?  Embrace persistence, which is the most common and powerful trait that Native Americans share. When you confront obstacles or frustrations, remember what your ancestors endured.

What advice do you give to someone who works with Native American students?  Each tribal nation and its people is unique. Native American cultures and identities are incredibly diverse. 

Areas of Passion & Initiatives: My areas of scholarship are criminal justice in Indian country and Indian gaming.        

Fun Facts: Served as the chief federal policymaker for Native American Affairs in President Barack Obama’s second term.

Favorite Quote: “We are all ignorant, just about different things.” Will Rogers (Cherokee)   

Favorite Book:   The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer