2020-2021 Native American Council Members
Title and Department: Special Collections Coordinator at State Historical Society of Iowa
Education: M.A. History, University of Iowa
Fun Facts: Selected as a College of Liberal Arts Alumni Fellow
Kelly Clougher, Ph.D.
Title and Department: Assistant Director for Outreach, University Counseling Services
Education: Ball State University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
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.
Joe Dan Coulter, Ph.D.
Tribal Affiliation: enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma
Title and Department: Professor, Emeritus- Community and Behavioral Health
Education: PhD in Biological Psychology from University of Oklahoma
Title and Department: Archeology Technician, The Office of the State Archaeologist
Education: B.A. in Anthropology from State University of New York at Potsdam; M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Cueponi Cihuatl Espinoza Madrigal, M.Ed.
Tribal Affiliation: Chichimeca Zacateca descendant
Title and Department: Academic Coach, Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Education: M.Ed, Iowa State University; B.A., University of Northern Iowa
What advice would you give to a Native American student on campus? Find your community, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, practice self-preservation, don’t forget where you came from.
What advice do you give to someone who works with Native American students? Be authentic and transparent with students, do not make promises you cannot keep. Work in community.
Fun Facts: I own an avocado farm
Favorite Quote: Arrieros somos y en el camino andamos
Favorite TV Show: The Cable Girls
Adam Potter, PHR, PRC, JCDC
Tribal Affiliation: Meskwaki
Title and Department: Senior Human Resources Specialist, Talent Acquisition
Fun Facts: Retired army veteran
Jacki Rand, Ph.D.
Tribal Affiliation: Citizen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; descendant Mississippi Choctaw
Title and Department: Associate Professor, Department of History; Coordinator, NAIS
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
Tribal Affiliation: Enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe
Title and Department: Lecturer; Fellow of Practice, Public Policy Center, Department of Rhetoric
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.
Tribal Affiliation: Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
Title and Department: Dean, College of Law
Office Number: 319-384-4658
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