Back to top


Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora)

Associate Professor, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
Dr. Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is currently conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty.

Ann Bianchi

Business Administrator
Ann Bianchi is the Business Administrator for the American Indian Program and has been with the unit for 12 years. Responsibilities focus on unit administration and policy to include: Accounting, Human Resources, Staffing, Payroll, and Facilities Management
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.

Vernon Miller (Omaha)

Interim Residence Hall Director, Akwe:kon
Vernon Miller is pursuing his Master of Science degree in Counseling & Student Development at Kansas State University. He recently served as the Omaha Tribal Chairman and President of the Omaha Nation Public Schools Board of Education on the Omaha Indian Reservation. He also served as a National Racial Equity & Healing Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an Americans for Indian Opportunity 2010-2011 Ambassador, and a 2016 Fellow with the New Leader’s Council: Omaha Chapter. Vernon is excited to work with the Akwe:kon community and to provide support for students, staff, and faculty within AIISP and Housing & Residential Life at Cornell.

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.