2017 Pow Wow Committee

Mariko Daisey (Pow Wow Co-Director & Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Director) | Nanticoke Tribe of Delaware | UCLA Undergraduate, Political Science and Linguistics Double Major, Spanish Minor


My name is Mariko Daisey and I am from Lewes, Delaware. I am enrolled in the Nanticoke tribe of Delaware. I am a second-year, undergraduate, Political Science and Linguistics double major, with a minor in Spanish. I have been a member of the American Indian Student Association for the past two years and look forward to coordinating the 32nd Annual UCLA Pow Wow.

Vincent Cardenas (Pow Wow Co-Director| Junior | UCLA Undergraduate, American Indian Studies Major


Bio coming soon:)

Kevin Hale (Head Staff Coordinator)| Navajo Nation | UCLA Undergraduate, Sociology Major, American Indian Studies Minor | American Indian Student Assoc. Member | Sociology Undergraduate Assoc. Vice President 2015-16

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I extend a gracious welcome to all the participants and visitors to our 32nd Annual UCLA Powwow 2017. I am proud to be a student of UCLA, and a member of A.I.S.A. Powwow Committee 2017. I graduated with my B.A. in 2016 from UCLA and am continuing my studies here at UCLA in the Master’s Degree Program of Social Work. I am grateful to the faculty and students of A.I.S.A. and the Sociology program for creating an atmosphere of family and friendship here at UCLA. Have a great weekend. Peace Be With You.

Gabrielle Beeler (AISA President) | Choctaw | UCLA Undergraduate, Neuroscience Major


I’m a second year neuroscience major and am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation. I am the President for the American Indian Student Association and the Peer Counselor Coordinator for the Retention of American Indians Now! project.

Clementine Bordeaux (Committee Advisor) | Oglala Sioux |American Indian Studies, UCLA Academic Coordinator


Bio coming soon :)



Kelly Castel (Website Coordinator)| Mathias Colomb Cree Nation | B.A. Psychology, Education Minor & M.S. in Nursing | UC Berkeley Alumni Class of 2009 & UCLA Alumni Class of 2015


Kelly Castel is an enrolled member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Pukatawagan, Manitoba, Canada. He is serving as website coordinator & community member for Ms UCLA Pow Wow Judge at the UCLA 32nd Annual Pow Wow. Mr. Castel is a 2015 graduate of the UCLA School of Nursing’s Masters Entry Clinical Nurse program.  His interests and past career includes providing outreach and health services for low income, underserved, and American Indian & Alaska Native populations. He is a member of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. He is currently working as a Registered Nurse with UCLA Health. He hopes to continue his work as an advocate to improve the health and well being of the American Indian, First Nations, and Alaska Native communities.

Elizabeth Piper-FastHorse (Hotel Coordinator) | Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians | B.A. & M.A. American Indian Studies | UCLA Alumni Class of 2011 & 2013

Liz Fasthorse

My name is Elizabeth (Piper) FastHorse. I am an enrolled member of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians. I grew up on the Rincon Indian Reservation in Valley Center, CA. I attended a catholic mission school on a neighboring reservation (Pala) from K- 8th and then attended a catholic boarding high school (St. Katherine Indian School) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I began my college journey in January 2004, after many times of trying to get on the right educational path I successfully matriculated into community college (Rio Hondo Community College, Whittier, CA) and transferred as a honor society student to UCLA. I am a double alumna from UCLA with a B.A. and M.A. in American Indian Studies.  This educational journey has not been just for me, but for my family, my tribe and the American Indian community at large. I am a first generation college graduate and I hope to inspire all natives who desire to go to college that your dreams can come true. I am living proof! I am currently the Program Coordinator in the Education and Cultural Learning Department for the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians in San Fernando and enjoy every bit of my job working with elementary through community college students.

Stephen Pilcher (Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Committee)| Oglala Lakota |UCLA Undergraduate, American Indian Studies Major, Gender Studies Minor


Stephen Pilcher is a Oglala Lakota third year undergraduate transfer student with interests in LGBTQ studies, spirituality, and the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, race and class among queer communities.

Michaela Polacca (Vendors Coordinator) | UCLA Undergraduate


Bio coming soon :)

Kenneth Ramos (Special Advisor)| Diegueño |UCLA Alumni, Class of 2013 |B.A. American Indian Studies | Director, Retention of American Indians Now!


Kenneth Ramos is Diegueño Indian from the Barona Band of Mission Indians and grew up on the Barona Reservation in east San Diego County.  As an undergraduate student at UCLA, he was highly involved with the American Indian Student Association (AISA), serving as President for two years, among other leadership positions both in AISA and across campus.  After completing his BA in American Indian Studies in 2013, he went on to work for the Red Circle Project at APLA Health & Wellness Center, Los Angeles County’s only sexual health program targeting American Indian/Alaska Native Two Spirit Men and Transgender Individuals.  This past July, Kenny transitioned back to UCLA to work as the full-time Project Director for the Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!) Program.  Kenneth also serves as the Secretary for the UCLA American Indian Alumni Association, the Treasurer for the UCLA Native American Staff Association, and is involved with the American Indian Community Council of Los Angeles.  He is excited to be a part of UCLA’s 31st Annual Pow Wow and can’t wait to celebrate this momentous occasion with everyone in May!

 Theresa Jean Stewart (Committee Advisor) | Luiseño/ Tohono O’odham | Doctoral Student, Education | B.A. American Indian Studies, M.Ed. in Student Affairs | UCLA Alumni, Class of 2007 & 2013


Theresa Jean Stewart is from the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, Gabrieleño/Tongva and Tohono O’odham.  She is a second year PhD student in Higher Education & Organizational Change in the UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS).  In 2013, she completed her Masters of Education in Student Affairs in GSE&IS.  In addition, she received her Bachelors in American Indian Studies from UCLA in 2007.  Through her work, she has developed a lifelong commitment to ensuring American Indian students have access to educational opportunities and support through their educational journey.  Therefore, her research interest is on issues affecting the retention and graduation of American Indian students in higher education, specifically focusing on the experiences of urban and California Indians at predominately white institutions.  This is Theresa’s 14th year helping to organize the Annual UCLA Pow Wow.   She loves the Pow Wow and hopes everyone enjoys their time each and every year!

Committee members not pictured

– Kaiya Richards | Mother’s Day Coordinator

– Melissa  Solway | Junior | American Indian Studies