American Indian Staff Forum (AISF)


2009 Holiday Dinner

The American Indian Staff Forum's Annual Holiday Dinner at Buca de Beppo, December 2009

Pictured, left to right, Matt Ybarra, Dean Eyre, Laura Jones, Holly Stebing, Greg Graves, Denni Woodward, Suzanne Olson and Delphine Red Shirt. Photo by Narlen Blue Arm.

The American Indian Staff Forum (AISF) is a community of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian staff and faculty at Stanford University, Stanford University Medical Center and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.  AISF is one of many  staff groups for employees within the Stanford community.  AISF's goal is to be an educational resource to the university, to other ethnic staff organizations, and to local and national Native American groups. 

Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Meetings are held at the Native American Cultural Center at noon on the second Wednesday of every month.  AISF organizes several events including quarterly off-campus socials or field trips, an annual holiday dinner, the annual Pamcake Breakfast for newly-arrived Stanford freshmen during Stanford Admit Weekend, the quarterly Pam Hanitchak Lecture Series and the Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award.

The Pam Hanitchak Lecture Series is a series of lunchtime meetings hosted during the school year at the Native American Cultural Center in the Clubhouse.  Past speakers have included Tom Arviso, Jr (Knight Fellow and Editor of The Navajo Times), Suzanne Abel (Director of Development at the Haas Center for Public Service) and Dr. Kenneth Fields (Professor of English).  Pam Hanitchak (Cherokee) was a founder of the American Indian Staff Forum.  This ongoing lecture series honors her dedication to strengthening our American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian community at Stanford.

The Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award was established by the AISF to honor retired staff member Anne Medicineâs legacy of mentoring and to encourage others to strive for the depth of her commitment.  The annual award serves as an on-going reminder of Anne and her contributions to Stanford and the campus Native American community.  Past recipients of the award are Jim Larimore, 1999; Denni Woodward, 2000; Matthew Snipp, 2001 and Jarrid Whitney, 2002.  A perpetual plaque in the Native American Cultural Center will record the history of each year's winner. 

For more information about the American Indian Staff Forum, please contact Jamie Willmes at  jaws@stanford.edu
Please visit http://www.stanford.edu/dept/nacc to learn more about the Native American community at Stanford.
 

Dean Eyre

Dean Eyre receives AISF Anne Medicine Mentorship Award
and is congratulated by Jarrid Whitney (2/23/05)



 

AMERICAN INDIAN STAFF FORUM

Annual Report, 2000-01

Mission

The American Indian Staff Forum (AISF) is a group of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian staff and faculty at Stanford University, Stanford University Medical Center and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. 

The purpose of our organization is twofold:  first, to help to provide community for all members of AISF and to advocate for issues of concern to Native Americans, and ; second to be an educational resource to the University, other ethnic staff organizations and local and national Native American groups. 
 

Accomplishments

The AISF enjoyed another successful year of programming and activities designed to bring our faculty and staff together with students and others from the Native American and other communities at Stanford.

In October 2000, AISF hosted a luncheon for faculty, staff, alumni and students in conjunction with the Alumni Reunion Homecoming Weekend and the 30th Anniversary of the Stanford American Indian Organization. 

The Quarterly Pam Hanitchak Lecture Series, named for one of the founders of AISF, just completed its fifth year with three more distinguished guest speakers last November, February and May.  (The Hanitchak Lectures are held in conjunction with the Wednesday Noon Lunch Series at the Native American Cultural Center and continue to attract a diverse audience of staff, faculty and students.) 

 Tom Arviso, Jr.
 Editor, Navajo Times and Knight Fellow in Journalism
 "Freedom of the Press in Indian Country÷Does It Exist?"

 Suzanne Abel
 Director of Development and External Relations, Haas Center 
 "The Elsie Allen Basket Project"

 Kenneth Fields
 Professor, English Department
 "What We Can Learn From Songs"
 

Our annual Holiday Luncheon and AISF Elections in December 2000 was well attended by our faculty, staff and a healthy number of students.  Not only were our AISF officers renewed, but the gathering provided a good opportunity to discuss future programming within the Native American community at Stanford.

In February, the AISF again participated in the Annual Student-Mentor Dinner (hosted by the Stanford American Indian Organization and the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Program/Native American Cultural Center) by announcing the winner of the Annual Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award.  The 2000-01 recipient, recognized for outstanding service, was professor Matthew Snipp (Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.) 

During Spring Quarter, the AISF sponsored its Annual "PamCake Breakfast" (also named for Pam Hanitchak) for more than one hundred students and parents for Stanford Admit Weekend!   AISF also took a turn hosting the quarterly "Big Lunch of Color" for all staff groups in mid-spring quarter.  Serving "Indâan Frybread Tacos", this event served as great publicity among the staff groups for the student-run Stanford Powwow held on Mother's Day weekend.  AISF also created their annual Hospitality Baskets for the Powwowâs Head Staff÷providing a warm welcome for the Head Man and Woman Dancers, Host Northern and Southern Drums and other special guests of the Powwow.  AISF also purchased a statement of support in the Souvenir Powwow Program stating, "Congratulations to the 30th Annual Stanford Powwow!"

Other expenditures included sending a "Get Well Soon" bouquet of flowers to a AISF member following surgery and a much needed social gathering in the form of a pizza dinner off campus.  The dinner gathering was so well received that the group promised to get together quarterly in the upcoming year!

Denni Dianne Woodward
AISF Vice-Chair

October 31, 2001