University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols assembled a seven-member committee to advise her on American Indian affairs.
The advisory committee will work to develop a strategic American Indian plan with the university and Wind River Indian Reservation communities for education, research and service that will benefit UW, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, and Wyoming.
"I appreciate the willingness of these individuals to provide broad advice and input to me on our work to develop a more open, inclusive and positive environment for Native American students," Nichols said.
"I also anticipate this group will help us facilitate a positive and productive relationship with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes."
According to a university statement, Nichols has made it a priority to connect with the tribes and has made several trips to the reservation.
Chairing the advisory committee is James Trosper, former UW trustee and director of the university's High Plains American Indian Research Institute (HPAIRI) and the new Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center.
Other committee members are:
• Affie Ellis, Cheyenne, state senator, attorney, UW graduate, enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and the first American Indian woman elected to the Wyoming Senate.
• Jason Robison, associate professor in the College of Law.
• Ken Gerow, professor of statistics, whose research has included extensive statistical analysis regarding natural resources.
• Debra Littlesun, UW Student Financial Aid associate director, adviser for Keepers of the Fire, the university's American Indian student organization; and endowment administrator for the Northern Arapaho endowment and the Chief Washakie Memorial Scholarship.
• Lay-nah Morris-Howe, assistant professor in the counseling program in the College of Education and co-chair of the College of Education Advisory Council on Diversity.
• Angela Jaime, associate professor of educational studies in the College of Education and an enrolled member of the Pit River and Valley Maidu of northern California. She specializes in American Indian education, the study of Native women and their experiences in higher education, multicultural education and women's studies.