The Sacramento Native American Higher Education Collaborative (SNAHEC) is a regionally based workgroup made up of Native American faculty, staff, administrators, designated community/agency or organizations, tribes, and students to discuss intersegmental designs of pathways for Native American students and solutions to improve access, retention, success and the overall experience for Native American students in public education. This group has focused attention on improving inter-organizational communication and coordination, creating strategies, improving policy, and developing collaborative programs and events.


Prof. Jesus Valle


American River College

Director, Native American Resource Center

SNAHEC Co-Chair 2020-2022

Rosita Olalde


Student Senate for California Community Colleges

Executive Assistant 

Angela Milano


American River College

ARC Tribal Liaison, Dean Fine and Applied Arts

Jeanine Gaines

(Citizen Potawatomi Nation)

Sacramento Native American Health Center

Communications Manager

Nia Gregory

(Cherokee Nation, Yuchi)

Wilton Rancheria/Department of Education

Director of Education

Kellie Cunningham Bliss


Los Rios Community College District

Adjunt Professor/ Early Childhood Education

Dr. Tamara Cheshire


Folsom Lake College

Ethnic Studies Department Chair & Professor

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