Council of Elders

AISES' Council of Elders share their wisdom and guidance with AISES students and with the organization as a whole. The Council of Elders represents an integral aspect of the AISES philosophy of passing on knowledge to the next generation.


Phil Lane, Jr.
Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw

Stan and Cecelia Lucero
Laguna and Acoma Pueblo

Henrietta Mann, Ph.D.
Southern Cheyenne

Faith Spotted Eagle 
Ihanktonwan Band of the Dakota/Nakota/Lakota Nation of South Dakota

Bret and Antoinelle Benally Thompson 
White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Navajo

Dr. James May
United Keetowah Band 


Norbert Hill, Jr.


Steve and Rose Darden
Navajo/Cheyenne/Swedish and Ute


Council of Elders Emeriti 

Andrea Axtell
Nez Perce​ 

Mary Kahn


In Memoriam

Eddie Box Sr.
Southern Ute  

Horace Axtell
Nez Perce

Franklin Kahn 

Phil Lane, Sr.  &   Bow Lane
Yankton Sioux       Chickasaw

Lee Piper, Ph.D.