Students and Alumni

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Current Students

Iliyah Bruffet (C’23), White Earth Nation
Anthropology and Human Biology

Matowacipi Horse (C’24), Comanche Nation

Kennedy Pete (C’24), Navajo Nation
undeclared major

Sierra Talavara-Brown (C’23), Navajo Nation
Anthropology and Human Biology

Sierra Talavera-Brown is Diné, born for Meadow People. Her family is from the Navajo Nation in an area outside of Gallup known as the Coyote Canon. Sierra’s interests are grounded in reforming the inequitable approach to healthcare, aiming to better Native American health outcomes. Sierra appreciates the value of integrative medicine and preventative care. She currently serves as the Osteopathic and Integrative Medicine Chair in Emory’s Pre-Medical Association. In 2020, she facilitated a workshop at the American Anthropological Association on Reforming Mental Health Services for Indigenous Communities. Sierra intends to pursue an MPH and an MD or DO with specializations in integrative medicine to heal from a structurally competent and culturally centered perspective that acknowledges the mind-body connection and is rooted in community engagement.

Nikola Garcia Johnson is a PhD candidate in Emory University’s department of Anthropology and a digital editorial fellow at the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (POLAR). Their research focuses on urban citizenship, structural violence, race and indigeneity, and decolonialism in Latin America. For their dissertation, they are examining how Indigenous (Mapuche) and non-Indigenous (Chilean) neighbors have collaborated since the 1960s to develop organizations and manage shared resources in peri-urban Santiago, Chile. 

SJ Dillon (LGS, PhD candidate), non-Native ally



Klamath Henry, Emory 19C (BA), CSUF MA Student 
Klamath is proud to be from the Shasta Tribe of California and Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. She supports cultural and historical research at the Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) as the departmental research librarian. Klamath is dedicated to furthering tribal sovereignty and pursuing ethical research, and is currently working on her thesis at CSU-Fullerton, where she is a graduate student. 

William S. Rice, MPA, MDP
Graduated Emory University Masters in Development Practice Program in 2017.  Currently supports sustainability initiatives for corporations by implementing workforce diversity and supply-chain diversity programs.  Creator of a proprietary ESG analytical framework used to assess companies’ according to accepted standards. Extensive background working with Tribes supporting sovereign immunity through economic development and governance programs.   Contact link here.