2023-2024 Native American Council Members

Photo of Kelly Clougher sitting at a desk

Kelly Clougher, Ph.D.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.


Adam Potter

Adam Potter, PHR/SHRM-CP
Vice President

Pronouns: He/Him

Tribal Affiliation: Meskwaki

Title and Department: Senior Human Resources Specialist

Email: adam-potter@uiowa.edu

Fun Facts: Retired army veteran

Carolina Kaufman

Carolina Kaufman, Ed.M.
Promotions Officer

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Title and Department: Director of Education & Engagement, The Pentacrest Museums

Education: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Email: carolina-kaufman@uiowa.edu

Areas and Passions: I'm a lifelong learner passionate about engaging diverse communities through creativity and self-expression. With experience in institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum, I now serve as the Director of Education at the Pentacrest Museums. I hold a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with further graduate work at the MIT. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, I have central Andean indigenous ancestry of the Muisca peoples, whose language can still be heard and used in the modern day.

Fun Facts: I have two cats, Nacho + Bandito who bring great joy to our family.

Joe Coulter

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

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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.

Carrie Schuettpelz

Carrie Schuettpelz

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.

Sikowis Nobiss

Sikowis Nobiss


Pronouns: She/Her

Tribal Affiliation: George Gordon Plains Cree/Saulteaux First Nation

Title and Department: Executive Director, Great Plains Action Society

Email: sikowis@greatplainsaction.org

Education: MA in Religious Studies,Alumni from UofI - Graduate mInor in Native American Indian Studies 

Interests: In Iowa I have been building on the notion of ReMatration and working, not only to get land back, but to reestablish prairie landscapes, bring back first foods, give rights to the waterways and to revitalize the matriarchy.

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

Ryan Kinser

Ryan Kinser



Pronouns: He/Him

Title and Department: Associate Professor and DEO, Mathematics

Tribal Affiliation: ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ (Cherokee Nation)
Education: BS (Mathematics), University of Kansas; PhD (Mathematics), University of Michigan
Email: ryan-kinser@uiowa.edu