We provide mentorship to Native undergraduate college students.
We provide opportunities for Native youth to engage in civic engagement, leadership and cultural activities.
Our community is full of people who want to help. We work to help the people providing services with the people who need them.
Rulon (Paiute/Dine') is a member of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah: Cedar Band of Paiutes and Diné. Mr. Pete is a graduate of University of Nevada Las Vegas where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Rulon is the Executive Director of the Las Vegas Indian Center and has been with the center for 13 years. Prior to joining the Las Vegas Indian Center, Rulon worked as a Case Manager for youth in foster care and has over 18 years of experience in Social Service field in the Las Vegas area. Mr. Pete is a Board of Director Member of the Emergency Food Shelter Program and has volunteered his service at the Reservation Economic Summit Conference for the past 11 years. Rulon is passionate about the work at the Las Vegas Indian Center and takes much pleasure in its continued growth.
Tammi Tiger (Choctaw) is an Administrator with more than twenty years of working in local government focused on public communications, policy and human resources. With a background in information systems, her technical skills fostered innovative approaches to transportation infrastructure programming. She served as the Legislative Liaison on public works issues and led the qualification-based selection process of engineering services providers for the largest County in Nevada.
Tammi is a multi-disciplinary professional with a Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit/Public Management from University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and an undergraduate in Business - Information Systems from University of Phoenix. She is a Graduate of Clark County’s Management Academy and Leadership Forum and a founding member of the UNLV Native American Alumni Club.
Tammi is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and descendant of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She dedicates her time to advocating for Native Americans and serves on various boards and committees to further these efforts. She was recognized with the Outstanding Community Service Award in 2004 by the Las Vegas Indian Center. Tammi has one son and is the eldest of 8 siblings. Having grown up in an urban environment, she spends her free time exploring the natural wonders of the world and reconnecting with the indigenous ways of our ancestors.
Christina Lewis (Dine') was born and raised in Teesto, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. Ms. Lewis is a traditional Dine' (Navajo) woman, fluent in her Dine' language and uses her knowledge to advocate traditional language/culture through education, commitment and unity to promote Dine' self-identity and awareness by focusing on Dine' natural laws - air, water, fire, soil - and community dynamics that support holistic well-being by helping oneself understand environment family, belief, honor and respect of our sacred land and culture.
Ms. Lewis serves 40+ years of professional work experience in the range of management functions in planning, organizing, coordinating and providing technical services functions in various supervisory and managerial positions. Ms. Lewis previously served as a Board Member and provided leadership to two organizations; Navajo Housing Authority, Navajo Townsite Community Development Corporation. Ms. Lewis offers enthusiasm, organizational leadership skills and professional expertise, knowledge and support with good ethics.
Community Board Partner
Mr. Richardson was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He received his AA from Mesa Community College where he served as President of the Black Student Union for two terms. He later received his Bachelor's in Psychology with a Minor in Business from Arizona State University and his Masters degree in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Currently, he is completing his dissertation for a PhD program in Educational Leadership at NAU. He is the Program Director of multiple mental/behavioral health facilities. He sits on the board for various mental/behavioral health facilities in Arizona while advocating for Native Americans to access quality mental health services. He is also a member of the Chandler Men of Action and is involved in several community service projects.
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Lee (Dine') was born/raised on the Navajo Nation. Her tribal clans are Tachii’nii (Red Running into the Water), Tabaaha (Water’s Edge), Tsenjikini (Cliff Dwellers), and Kin I ichii’nii (Red House). She completed her undergraduate degree(s) at Arizona St. University, MPH and PhD in Public Health degree(s) at University of Las Vegas-Nevada, Predoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California-Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. Currently, she is faculty, Assistant Professor, at University of New Mexico, College of Population Health and an Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Fellow at University of Washington, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She is also a student at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law getting a Masters in Indigenous People's Law. She conducts infectious disease biomedical prevention research with a focus on Native American health and examines Indigenous health policies at a tribal, state-tribal coordination, national, and international level. She serves as Vice Chair for the Clark County NV, Democratic Party Native Caucus, Advisor for the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity; and on the United Nations (UN) North American Indigenous Caucus, UN Indigenous Women’s Caucus, and UN Gender Equality Task Force. She also serves as a Board of Director of the Las Vegas Indian Center. She served as a Tribal Health Advisor to the Obama Administration and was honored by President Bill Clinton for her work with Indigenous communities at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Chief Operating Officer
Mercedes Krause (Oglala Lakota) was born and raised in Las Vegas, and is a dual-citizen of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation. She is a nationally recognized teacher who has worked extensively in the International Community, as well as tribal communities. Mercedes currently serves as the Chair for the Clark County American Indian/Alaskan Native Democratic Caucus, Secretary for the State Native American Caucus, and serves on the Las Vegas Indian Center's Board, Clark County Dems Board, Battleborn Progress’ Board, and serves as Vice-chair of the Native American Alumni Club at UNLV. Additionally, she currently is obtaining a second Master's degree in Native American Studies at Montana State University. Last, she is a 2019 Emerge Alumni and serves on the Superintendent's Advisory Committee with the Nevada Department of Education and as a Commissioner on the Nevada Minority Affairs Commission (Housing Committee Co-chair and Education Committee Chair).