Adjunct Biographies

Casey Ferguson (Cip'ik)

Casey Ferguson is from Chevak, Alaska. He works at the Alaska Native Heritage Center as the Native Games coach and has competed in the games for 13 years and coached for 5 years. Casey has competed at all the major Native games competitions including NYO, WEIO, and AWG. He will be representing Team Alaska at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games competing in the Arctic sports (Native Games).

Kyan Olanna, J.D. (Inupiaq)

Kyan Olanna has been a lawyer in Alaska for over ten years, with professional experience that includes work in Federal Indian, corporate, and fisheries laws. She has a bachelor's degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a law degree from Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court and has worked for a number of non-profit and tribal clients as both in-house and outside counsel.

Dr. Nadia Sethi, Ph.D. (Alutiiq)

Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi was raised in Homer, Alaska. She earned her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington where she specialized in Alaska Native art. Her research interests include the revival of Alaska Native arts, rock art, and representations of Alaska Natives in museums. Nadia served as the curator of collections at the Sheldon Jackson Museum and has also worked with collections at the Burke Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Pratt Museum. 

Edward Tuilana - Fall 2014

Edward Tiulana is King Island Inupiaq and he was raised by his grandparents Clara and Paul Tuilana, who were well known traditional culture bearers. Edward has been a traditional dancer since he was able to walk and is the dance instructor at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.