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Profiles

Alyssa Macy, Co-Director (Wasco, Dine, Hopi)

Alyssa Dawamana Macy is of the Wasco, Navajo, and Hopi descent and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. She was born to Jim Macy and Carla Dalton, American Indian Movement activists, and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and is finishing a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Alyssa has over 10 years in community organizing and communications and an avid photographer and writer. She believes that media – it’s content, form, and expression – has an impact on all who consume it. It is tied to issues of social justice, power, and equity and continues to be both a positive and negative force in our communities. Media, in all its forms, feeds the mind and strengthens the spirit and she is committed to providing content that will help the mind grow and touch the spirit.

Ryan Red Corn, Co-Director (Osage)

Ryan is an Osage who spent his early years on the Osage Reservation in the largest of the three existiing traditional Osage Indian Villages, the Wa.hxa.ko.lin district. He is a member of the Tsi.zho Wa.shta.ke Clan (Peace maker/Gentle Sky Clan) and was named accordingly at age five . Ever since age six, he has been a participant in the Osage In.lon.shka dance. Ryan attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 2003 with a B.F.A in Graphic Design.

While at KU, he served four years in the First Nations Student Association, and two of those years as Co-president. In 2004 he was named the Big XII Conference Native American Leadership Graduate Student of the Year. Among other things he curated an all Native activist art exhibit for the Mid America American Studies Association, sat on several university wide discussion panels dealing with the issue of Indian mascots and American Indian Identity, helped organize a protest at the Kansas City Chiefs/Washington Redskins game, and is currently working on a documentary on the Indian mascot issue.