Native American Brown Alumni (NABA)

Native American Brown Alumni (NABA) represents Native alumni of Brown’s undergraduate and graduate programs, and creates programming and maintains a network so that Native alumni of Brown can stay connected. Through collaboration with NAISI and with the Brown University Alumni Association, NABA also supports current Brown undergraduate students from afar through programs like the annual Native graduation celebratory lunch, a sponsored meal following the Brown Spring Thaw Powwow, and more. See information about the board members below!


Makini Chisolm-Straker '05 MD '09 (Mohawk)


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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Makini Chisolm-Straker is a public health researcher; her mission is to amplify the voices of invisible populations, in an effort to decrease their marginalization and increase their wellbeing.


Loyola Rankin, '12 (Navajo)

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Loyola Rankin returned home to the Southwest and has served Indigenous communities in Higher Education settings as a young professional. Her career is dedicated to supporting Native students to and through the college experience.

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Tiffiney George '07 (Navajo Nation | Diné Asdzáán) 

Tiffiney George has been a staff member at Brown since 2011 and a Natives at Brown Alumni (NABA) Executive Committee member since 2015.  She is a Senior Assistant Director in the Office of College Admission, focusing on Native/Indigenous outreach and strengthening partnerships with non-profit college access organizations.