NIYC Board of Directors

Board of Directors

NIYC currently has a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are Native American. NIYC Board members represent a diverse group of professionals, government and foundation executives, public health and healthcare providers, business executives, and/or community leaders who bring a diverse array of experience and connections to NIYC. As a national organization, NIYC strives to have broad tribal and geographic representation of Indian Country within its Board makeup.

Kyle Powys Whyte, Ph.D.
Board President


Professor and Timnick Chair
Philosophy & Community Sustainability
Michigan State

Vince Lujan, Ph.D., Esq.
Board Treasurer


Janelle Cronin
Board Member


Development Assistant
American Indian Graduate Center
Albuquerque, NM

Maggie George, Ph.D.
Board Member


Indigenous Research Associates
Albuquerque, NM

Mekko Miller, Esq.
Board Member


Chief Judge
Pueblo de San Ildefonso
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Robin Starr Minthorn, Ph.D.
Board Member


Ed.D. Director & Associate Professor
University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma, Washington

Ahniwake Rose, M.A.
Board Member


Executive Director
Oklahoma Policy Institute
Tulsa, Oklahoma