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
Fortune School of Education
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Director

Dr. Tamara Cheshire
Folsom Lake College
Ethnic Studies Department Chair & Professor

Crystal Blue (Miwok/Nisenan – Citizen of Ione Band of Miwok Indians)

United Auburn Indian Community

Community Education

NUSD Parent / Community Engagement Initiative / LPAC CAP

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