2017 NACC Hall of Fame Inductee
Karletta Chief '98, MS '00
Growing up in Black Mesa, Arizona—a remote community within the Navajo Nation—Karletta Chief’s home lacked electricity and running water. Witnessing the adverse effects of mining on her family’s livelihood, she found that higher education could help her preserve and heal her community’s environment. After earning two degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, Chief continued her studies at the University of Arizona where she received her Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources. She is currently an assistant professor and extension specialist in their Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Chief’s expertise has helped facilitate the climate change dialogue between the science and tribal communities with cultural sensitivity. In response to the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill into the Animas River that affected downstream waterways in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah—including the Navajo Reservation—Chief formed a team of researchers who visited the impacted tribal neighborhoods to help those who rely directly on the river. Many tribal members depended on the results of Chief’s research (“To’litso, the water is yellow: Investigating short-term exposure and risk perception of Navajo communities to the Gold King Mine Spill”) to make their own assessments, draw their own conclusions, and determine how to heal their community and environment.
She has also made a tremendous impact on the Stanford community by organizing regional alumni events, co-chairing and volunteering for her 10th and 15th reunions, welcoming the next generations of students to the Stanford family through admit receptions, and hosting an Alternative Spring Break for students to show the Colorado River and its impact on energy, water, and regional and national significance. Chief has provided strategic leadership of the Stanford Native American Alumni Association and served as a member of the SAA Board of Directors.
Chief’s commitment to environmental justice for indigenous communities has earned her numerous awards including the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Most Promising Scientist or Scholar of 2011 and, only five years later, the AISES Professional of the Year Award. Chief’s work exemplifies the values, traditions, technical expertise, leadership, and passion that are the heart of Native peoples.
- 2017—Karletta Chief, '98, MS '00
- 2016—Donald Warne (Oglala Lakota), MD 1995
- 2015—Troy Barbee (Quechan), BS 1959, MS 1962, PhD in Material Science & Engineering 1965
- 2014—Chris McNeil (Tlingit & Nisga’a), AB 1970, JD 1978
- 2013—Maile Jachowski (Native Hawaiian), BS 1981, MD 1987
- 2012—Loren Kieve (Cherokee), BA in English, 1969
- 2011—Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip), PhD in Social Psychology 2003
- 2010—William A. Thorne (Pomo and Coast Miwok), JD 1977
- 2009—Hilary Tompkins (Navajo), JD 1996
- 2008—N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), PhD in English 1963
- 2007—Emmett Chase (Hupa), MD 1982
- 2006—Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee) MA in Documentary Film Production 1997
- 2005—James Alan Larimore (Comanche), MA in Education 1995
- 2004—Robert Piestewa Ames (Hopi), BA 1951, JD 1954
- 2003—Edna Ahgeak MacLean (Inupiaq), PhD in Education 1991
- 2002—Charman Akina (Native Hawaiian), AB 1954, MD 1958
- 2001—Richard West (Southern Cheyenne), JD 1971
- 2000—Sandra Begay-Campbell (Navajo), MS in Engineering 1991
- 1999—Debora Lynn Norris (Navajo/Blackfeet), AB 1993
- 1998—John Gonzales, (San Ildefonso), BA 1980
- 1997—Margo Kerrigan (White Earth Chippewa), AB 1975
- 1996—Woesha Cloud North (Winnebago/Chippewa), MEd 1972
- 1995—John Milton Oskison, (Cherokee), AB in Law, 1898
Donald Warne is re-imagining and revitalizing the legacy of healing crafted by his Oglala Lakota ancestors—medicine men and tribal healers from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Drawing upon constructs of wellness in his own community, he acknowledges “traditional American Indian healing methods—meditation, prayer and healing ceremonies—can help the treatment and recovery processes, but modern health care often leaves those powers untapped.” His research, practice and professional leadership roles embrace culturally relevant values and methods in tandem with modern health and medical practices. His delivery model relies on sound science and ethics, indigenous modalities to treat the physical as well as spiritual being, and strong tenets of prevention. As a national leader in the fields of Public Health Policy, Health Disparities, American Indian Health and Family Medicine, Don Warne is a visionary and an uncompromising advocate for equity and access to substantive health care in Indian Country.
Warne currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University, where he founded the first Native Public Health graduate program in the country, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law specializing in American Indian Health Policy. He is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, and the first American Indian physician to be appointed to the American Cancer Society National Board of Directors. Prior to his pioneering role at NDSU, Warne worked at the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Sacaton, Arizona as a primary care and integrative medicine doctor, and also with the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix, doing diabetes research and prevention work.
Warne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State in 1989, a Medical Degree from Stanford in 1995, and a Master of Public Health degree in 2002 from Harvard. He has been the beneficiary of numerous awards and distinctions, including the National Indian Health Board’s Public Health Innovation Award in 2015, and a 2013 nomination for U.S. Surgeon General, among others. He is a prolific scholar, active consultant, respected Diabetes educator, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Warne is a generous mentor to Stanford and other Native students aspiring to health careers, and a change agent in the movement to address health disparities in underserved communities across the country.
MS ’62, PhD ’65
Dr. Troy Barbee is a Senior Scientist in the Material Science Division, Physical and Life Science Directorate of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory—a title that recognizes a professional lifetime of scholarly and professional achievement dating back more than 50 years to Stanford. His legacy epitomizes Stanford excellence and innovation, earning him recognition and widespread acclaim as “The Father of Atomic Engineering.” A prolific scholar, he has published over 300 peer reviewed technical papers, written more than 400 conference papers, edited two books, and holds 26 patents. His exceptional awards reflect honorable global scientific societies and the highest intellectual affiliations. Barbee holds three Stanford degrees: a BS in Physical Metallurgy from the School of Earth Sciences in 1959, and an MS and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the School of Engineering in 1962 and 1965.
6An enrolled member of the Quechan Indian Tribe, Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Winterhaven, California, he was blessed with strong matriarchal role models having been raised by his maternal great grandmother, grandmother and mother while his father served as a seagoing officer in the US Navy during and after WWII. These influences, together with his own diverse life experiences, helped Barbee to shape a personal vision in line with Stanford’s founding guideline—to educate the children of future generations as their own.
Barbee was one of a very few Native students at Stanford in the 1950s and ‘60s. More than a decade before Stanford officially abandoned the Indian as a mascot, he represented Native identity with the highest ideals of excellence and authenticity. While at Stanford, he also earned athletic accolades on the gridiron in the 1956-1958 seasons and on the rugby pitch as a Stanford player, 1955-1965.
Troy Barbee remains an active alumnus with his graduating Class of 1959 and is especially wed to the Native Community on campus, where he continues to be an inspiration and motivator for generations of students in multiple disciplines.
Born in Honolulu, Hawai’i to public school teacher parents, Maile Apau Jachowski remains a dedicated advocate for the educational rights of Native Hawaiian children.
From 2009-2010, Jachowski served as Medical Director of Kamehameha Schools, a system—supported by a private trust endowed by the legacy of Princess Pauahi Bishop—comprised of three K-12 campuses, 31 preschools, and 8 residential summer programs that serve more than 10,000 students annually across six Hawaiian islands.
Staying focused on fulfilling Kamehameha’s mission—to offer admission preference to Native Hawaiian applicants as a way to remedy past harms and current imbalances suffered by the indigenous peoples of Hawai’i as a result of Western contact—Jachowski played a pivotal role in defending the practice when it was challenged but ultimately upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Earning her B.S. in Biology from Stanford in 1981 and subsequently her M.D. in 1987, Jachowski completed her Pediatric Residency at Stanford University Medical Center in 1990. She worked in a variety of clinical settings and in 1997 founded a solo pediatric private practice on Maui that grew into a thriving clinic providing care for children from birth to eighteen years of age. In 2003, she sold her practice and moved to the Washington D.C. area where she pursued a second passion—teaching.
Through the experience of teaching biology in a public high school, she gained insight into adolescent and attention deficit disorder patients.6 Jachowski returned to clinical pediatrics in 2006 at Andrews Air Force Base as a civilian pediatrician and was appointed Assistant Professor of
Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. In 2011, she began to apply preventative medicine to the development of effective solutions for the growing obesity epidemic by creating NativeFit, a culturally based initiative focused on developing practical approaches to preventing obesity-associated diseases.
Maile Jachowski and her husband Douglas (B.S. ‘81, M.S. ‘87) have five children—members of Stanford Classes ’07, ’09, ’10, ’14, and ’15.
Loren Kieve (BA, English, '69) is a distinguished trial lawyer whose leadership of several state and American Bar Associations has significantly advanced the fields of Civil Justice Reform, Civil Rights, and Evidence Rules and Policies. He serves on the boards of the National and San Francisco Bay Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and is a Trustee of the State Bar of California. His efforts have helped to reduce gun violence, support non-partisan voter participation and protection, and create judicial internship opportunities for under-represented law students. Loren is a prolific legal scholar and reformer who has authored and shepherded the adoption of several American Bar Association policies, such as those governing Expert Witness Reports and the Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Material. He is a valued teacher and mentor to generations of law students and lawyers. His successful law practice extends nationally and internationally, and spans both civil and criminal cases, earning him honors as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, one of "The Best Lawyers in America", a Bay Area "Super Lawyer", and consistently superior ratings for both legal ability and high ethical standards.
As an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee nation, his record of service is equally compelling in both Native American and Stanford initiatives where he is a champion of Native Arts and Culture and interdisciplinary undergraduate education. Loren served as Trustee and Chair of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts in Santa Fe, stewarding major capital construction projects and curricular expansion.
At Stanford, he serves as a founding member (and Development Subcommittee Chair) of the Center for the Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity National Advisory Board. A generous donation from Loren and his wife Anne funds a CCSRE Distinguished Lecture Series. He is also an active member of Stanford Associates and contributor to The Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Collectively, his professional and service career mirror the campus' highest ideals, no doubt shared by the San Francisco Lawyers Subcommittee for Civil Rights, which awarded him its "Living the Dream" award for distinguished contributions and as a “Sustained Life Fellow” by the American Bar Association