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American Indian Staff Forum (AISF)

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.

American Indian Staff Forum (AISF) Recent News

Dear Native Community, Friends, and Colleagues,

On behalf of the American Indian Staff Forum and Greg Graves, AISF Chair, it is my pleasure to announce that this year’s recipients of the annual Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award is Shoney Hixson Blake, Resident Fellow at Muwekma-Tah-Ruk--the Native Theme House.

The announcement was made at the Annual Native Student and Mentor Dinner, February 28, 2019.  AISF Chair, Maija Cruz shared the following tribute, excerpted from several nominations:

"Even as an undergraduate, Shoney was a contributor to the extended family that is Stanford’s Native Community.  As an athlete and team manager, Shoney was a regular participant in student organization leadership, residence programming, and pre-law networking. 

"We are extremely fortunate that Shoney and her family have returned to Stanford—where the addition of their collective enthusiasm serves to inspire us all.  Having them also serve as Resident Fellows & Sons in Muwekma-Tah-Ruk has been a bonus that none of us could have imagined.  Shoney’s youthful wisdom, legal mind, creativity, and nearly tireless energy are key to her effectiveness as a team leader for the Native Theme House.  Her perspective as a staff member, young alumna, and mother/auntie uniquely prepare her to be both a mentor and field general simultaneously.

"Specifically, Shoney’s accomplishments in this and recent years include: Community building that crosses generations, connecting alumni with current students  in a family-like network, creating lasting relationships and personal inspirations for graduate study as well as truly meaningful careers; Initiation of an Native Alumni Facebook Group that allows friends to become part of the current Campus Community; Creation of a 30th Anniversary celebration for The House paying tribute to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, decades of Native freshmen assigned to The House; and the legacy of contributing Resident Fellows and student staff; and Networking among fellow alumni to bring a 'Native Alumni Speaker Series' to campus."


Shoney Blake's name is now engraved on the perpetual Anne Medicine Mentorship Award plaque displayed in the Native American Cultural Center.  She was presented with a framed certificate and the promise of a cash prize to follow.  Congratulations to our recipient and thanks to everyone that continues to make these events successful!
 

Denni Dianne Woodward (Mescalero Apache)
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Associate Director,
Native American Cultural Center/American Indian, Alaska Native & Native Hawaiian Program
524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-3064
(650) 725-6946

More about The American Indian Staff Forum (AISF)

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.

About the AISF Community

The American Indian Staff Forum "Gets Social" at Jeffrey's, February 2018.

AISF organizes several events including monthly brown bag lunch meetings at the Native American Cultural Center,  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), Bill Lomax (Vice President, Goldman Sachs' Investment Management Team), and Elizabeth Hoover (Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellow from Brown University).  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.

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About the AISF Anne Medicine Mentorship Award

2020 Recipient of the Annual Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award, Laura Selznick of Stanford Academic Advising.

 

The Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award was established by the AISF to honor retired staff member Anne Medicine's 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...Dean Eyre, 2005, Mary Morrison, 2006...Sandra Manosalvas-Kjono, 2016, Naomi Brown and Virgil Moorehead, 2017, Karen Biestman, 2018, Shoney Blake, 2019, and Laura Selznick, 2020.  A perpetual plaque in the Native American Cultural Center records the history of each year's winner.

Anne Ninham Medicine biography, as printed in 6/13/97 Stanford Daily.

Anne Medicine announced her retirement effective May 31, 1997. (Anne Medicine passed away on February 14, 2002.)

"Over the past 16 years, Anne has served the University in several capacities, as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, advisor to the Native American Cultural Center, and Assistant Dean on the Dean's staff at the medical school. In 1991, she joined the Vice President for Student Affairs staff as the Graduate Recruiter for American Indian and Alaska Native students in Stanford's professional and graduate schools.

"Anne's outreach and recruitment efforts have been a major factor in increasing the number of Native American and Alaska Native students matriculating at and graduating from Stanford. She has spread the word about the University to American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country. During her time at Stanford, she has worked with many national Indian organizations and served as an educational consultant to many tribes. Most importantly, Anne has played a significant role in students' lives through her work in developing a strong Native community presence on campus. Among her many contributions, she helped bring artist-in-resident Linda Poolaw to campus to work with students on a Kiowa ethno-photography project and exhibit. She has been an ardent supporter of the Stanford Powwow, led the effort to establish a traditional sweat lodge, and played a critical role in campus discussions concerning the return of human remains from the University to the Muwekma Ohlone Indian tribe and worked with faculty to develop the Zuni at Stanford program. Anne has been a respected elder in the campus community, and the nation, and served as an important and cherished mentor to many Indian and non-Indian students, faculty, and staff. Anne is a member of the Seneca / Oneida / Mohawk Nations. Before coming to Stanford, she worked with tribal organizations in New York, South Dakota, and Canada. Anne attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, and received her Master of Education degree and Certificate of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

"Both to honor Anne's legacy of mentoring and encourage other to strive for the depth of her commitment, the American Indian Staff Forum has established the Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary describes mentor as a "trusted counselor or guide, tutor, or coach" but it's hard to imagine anyone defining mentor better than Anne Medicine. This role constituted a significant portion of her Stanford career as Assistant Dean for Student Resources in the Division of Graduate Studies and Research; after the decentralization of Graduate Studies, Anne served as Director of Native American Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention, reporting directly to the Vice Provost of Student Affairs."

"This award is an on-going reminder of Anne and her contributions to Stanford and the campus Native American community. This will be an annual award, with the first winner tentatively set to be selected from nominees in January, 1998. A perpetual plaque in the (Native American Cultural) Center will record the history of this honor and each year's winner will receive a certificate and cash prize.