UCLA AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES
MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
GRADUATE PLACEMENT HISTORY
Program Coordinator and College Advisor, College of Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley.
David Montoya (MA-JD)
Currently working through a new graduate program with Native Seeds, an organization that works on plant genetic material prorogation at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Indian Education Coordinator with the Inyo County Office of Education.
Planning for Law School.
Randolph Roque (MA-JD)
Completing a JD degree program in the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Director of the American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Completing a Master of Social Work degree program with a concentration in mental health at the University of Southern California, and interning at the American Indian Counseling Center in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, working with Native clients as a mental health clinician.
Director of Public Affairs for the Fernandeno Tataviam Tribe, and works as a researcher for other tribes and tribal consortiums. Plans to apply to law school.
Currently enrolled in the Indian Teacher & Educational Personnel Program, Humboldt State University, Arcata CA.
Currently in a Ph.D program at Arizona State University.
Ph.D. candidate in the Women's Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Science Teacher, Locke High School, Watts, California.
Erik Stegman (MA-JD)
Program Manager, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians, Washington DC.
Associate Faculty member in History at Miracosta College in Oceanside; also teaches American Government, Economics and World History and Geography for their Adult High School Program. Will be applying to a Ph.D. program in the University of California system in the fall of 2011.
Amanda Burke (MA-JD)
Assistant Attorney General for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Arizona.
Teaches at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, in the General Studies department--Race, Ethnicity and diversity classes.
Addie Rolnick (MA-JD)
Critical Race Studies Law Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Previously employed as an attorney at a Native rights law firm in Washington DC.
Ralph de Unamuno
Adjunct Faculty member in History and Chicano Studies at Ohlone College, Fremont CA.
Formerly, was the Coordinator of the Native American Student Center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Currently, pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies (Federal Indian Law) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she holds a Chancellor’s Fellowship Award Scholar, as well as a Boalt Law School Legal Practicum Internship: Alameda County Family Justice Center.
Teaches 1st grade in the Fontana Unified School District, and completing requirements for a subject matter authorization in History/Social Science, and will be able to teach single subjects in Middle and High School in the areas of History, Social Science, World History, United States History, Geography, Economics and Government. She is also completing curriculum for her tribe’s language program—the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe. Earned another masters degree in Education at Claremont Graduate University, along with a Multiple Subjects Credential.
Attorney with Forman & Associates, San Rafael, CA
Mark Vezzola (MA-JD)
Practices Law and is an Adjunct Professor of American Indian Studies, Palomar College, San Marcos California.
William Wood (MA-JD)
Attorney with Holland & Knight LLP in Los Angeles CA.
Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in American Indian Studies at University of Arizona.
Coordinator, Title V Grant, Institutional Services, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga CA.
David Petrush (MA-JD)
Hearing Officer, US Department of Energy, Board of Hearings and Appeals.
Director of two Upward Bound grants at California State University, San Bernardino.
Michele Fahley (MA-JD)
Deputy General Counsel, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
Public Defender with the New Mexico State Public Defender’s Office in Albuquerque New Mexico. Earned a JD degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law ’09.
Padraic McCoy (MA-JD)
Recently joined McCoy Indian Law as managing partner. Previously, was an associate with Faegre & Benson law firm in Boulder and has worked with law firms in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. He is a member of the Federal, Colorado, California and Boulder Bars, as well as the Colorado Indian and Native American Bar Associations. Padraic McCoy’s law practice has focused on Indian tribes and their Indian country partners, with a particular emphasis in Indian lands and including federal Indian law, land into trust/land consolidation, Indian land determinations, reservation proclamations, leases, gaming, debt financing, environmental law, federal recognition and BIA and NIGC processes.
Instructor of English in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma. Also, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include American Indian drama, film, and literature.
Teaches at both California State University, Long Beach and Santa Monica College in American Indian Studies and History. Received another M.A. degree from California State University Long Beach, and is working on a Ph.D. degree.
Editor in the Publications Office at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. Previously was Curator of Historic Collections at the Barona Cultural Center and Museum.
Founded the WICHOZANI DANCE THEATRE and serves as Artistic Director, Musical Director, Writer, and Producer for the company. From 1999 to 2008, he starred in the role of 'Alessandro' in THE RAMONA PAGEANT, California's Official State Outdoor Play.
Working as a freelance editor, as well as a tutor with the Princeton Review.
Teaches U.S. History (and sometimes Anthropology, American Literature, and Creative Writing) at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, an art college in the Bay Area. Also published one novel, one academic book, and one poetry collection. Received an MA in American History from University of California, Davis and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.
Dorene Red Cloud
Scheduler for SimplexGrinnell in Westminister, Massachusetts.
Director of Special Education at Imagine Charter School in Firestone, Colorado. Earned a JD from the University of Montana School of Law. Also received a teaching license from Regis University.
- Rebecca Hernandez
Management Service Officer for the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of New Mexico ’04.
- David Kamper
Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies, San Diego State University. Lecturer in American Studies, University of Texas, Austin. Earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Michael McLaughlin
Librarian, American Indian Resource Center, Huntington Park Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library.
Stephanie Steinbach Henry
Teaches Theatre and Acting at Framingham High School in Massachusetts, where there have been numerous occasions to work cross-curricular with the history department regarding the subject areas of American Indians, culture and history. Received a Master in Education from Lesley University focusing on Creative Arts and Learning.
Formerly, the Assistant Editor for the American Indian Studies Center's publications department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.