NACA’s governing council members offer several areas of expertise, knowledge and skills. They are committed to NACA and our vision for learning and student success in all aspects of their lives. Our governing board members also serve as role models for our students and believe in giving back to the community.
Johnson, Barnhouse & Keegan, LLP
Jenny Dumas has served on the NACA Governance Council since 2006. She is an attorney and has practiced Indian law in New Mexico for more than a decade. She holds both a JD degree (summa cum laude) and a Bachelor of University Studies with a concentration in Native American Studies (magna cum laude) from the University of New Mexico. Jenny has represented tribal clients in a wide range of matters involving federal Indian law, constitutional law, tribal governance, non-profit governance, voting rights, resource protection, contract law, Indian water rights, and liability defense, as well as real estate, business and employment matters. Jenny has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she taught Economic Development in Indian Country. Jenny is a descendent of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation.
City of Albuquerque
Ricardo Gonzales is a NACA parent and long-time community leader. He has demonstrated this through his service to NACA and his dedication to his children and family. A life-long resident of Albuquerque, Mr. Gonzales has worked for the City of Albuquerque for many years. He lends strength to the Governing Council through his positive and inspiring perspectives.
Tiffany S. Lee, Ph.D
Native American Studies, University of New Mexico
Tiffany Lee is Dine and Lakota from Crystal, New Mexico. She is a former high school social studies teacher, language arts teacher, and volleyball coach at schools on the Navajo Nation and at the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). She has worked with and learned from several unique Indigenous educational programs, such as the Community-Based Education Model at SFIS and the Tribal Resource Institute in Business, Engineering, and Science (TRIBES). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico where she teaches courses related to Indigenous education, language loss and revitalization, and research issues in Native Studies.
Johnson, Barnhouse & Keegan, LLP
Justin Solimon is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds a JD degree and a Certificate in Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. As an attorney, he specializes in representing American Indian tribes and tribally owned entities in litigation and transactional matters. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and is a former high school teacher and coach.
Governing Council Dates, Agendas, and Minutes
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