Tonawanda Band of Seneca, Snipe Clan
Skye is a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca who has spent most of her life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The inequities in her hometown motivated her to major in Urban and Regional Studies, and her interest in the built environment resulted in a minor in Architecture. Because she hopes to work with urban Native communities in the future, she is working towards a second minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. As a Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Skye will research the issues facing Seattle's urban Native population, the resources currently available, and community needs. Outside of schoolwork, Skye serves as the External Relations Chair for Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC), serves as Co-Treasurer for Cornell's Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, serves as Cornell's representative in the Ivy Native Council, tutors for the Onondaga Nation Tutoring Program through AIISP, and volunteers for AAP Ambassadors. She has also participated in the High Road Fellowship through the ILR School and received a Memorial Scholarship from Alpha Phi Alpha in 2016. When the weather permits, you can often find Skye exploring the natural beauty of Tompkins County!