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Prof. Kurt Jordan

Kurt Jordan

Associate Professor, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
Dr. Jordan’s research centers on the archaeology of Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) peoples, emphasizing the settlement patterns, housing, and political economy of seventeenth- and eighteenth- century Senecas.
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Urszula Piasta-Mansfield

Interim Associate Director
Dr. Piasta-Mansfield is a scholar, whose primary research interests focus on the discourses of dispossession in the context of North American Indigenous Peoples with the special attention to the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. 
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Wayva Waterman Lyons is the Student Support Specialist for the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. Her primary responsibilities include recruiting high school students and supporting Native and Indigenous students at Cornell. She worked in the Admissions department at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts. She has a Master's in Social Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor's in Native American Studies from Stanford University.
Ben Maracle

Ben Maracle (Mohawk)

Graphic/Administrative Assistant
Ben Maracle is the Graphic/Administrative Assistant for the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. He assists with AIISP sponsored events, promotion of the Program, student outreach, development of various graphic/media materials, as well as other administrative tasks. His experience varies from his work at Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center as an Outreach Coordinator to his most recent work as the Production Coordinator for the award-winning documentary film company, Stick Figure. He received a Bachelor's in Communications from Cornell University.
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Jordan Parker Buffalo (Seneca Nation)

Residence Hall Director of Akwe:kon Residence Program House
Jordan is a member of the Seneca Nation Beaver Clan. He graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with his A.A. in Liberal Arts and B.S. in Earth Science/Environmental Science from Syracuse University. At the intersection of his cultural and academic interests stands Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and specifically those focused on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), practices of wellness and wellbeing expressed through the philosophy of “good mind,” Indigenous methodologies of inclusive community building, as well as traditional mentorship, guided by the Haudenosaunee practice of condolence.

Jordan is the Residence Hall Director of Akwe:kon Residence Program House.
Rebecca Tucker

Rebecca Tucker

Business Administrator
Rebecca assumed responsibility as the Business Administrator for the American Indian Program in February 2020 after serving as Administrative Manager for Cornell Botanic Gardens from 2016-2020.  She also worked at the CALS/CHE Business Service Center as a manager from 2015-2016.  Rebecca holds a bachelors in business administration with a concentration in finance and minor in economics. Bringing more than 20 years of business and finance experience to the University, Rebecca has held a variety of finance and management positions in the for-profit sector before joining Cornell University in 2015.  For fun, she enjoys running, hiking, snowshoeing and all things outdoors.