Aseto’ne Networking Project: Aseto’ne Institute

Aseto’ne Networking Project: Aseto’ne Institute

“In a postcolonial indigenous research paradigm, research is defined as ceremony, and each activity in the ceremony is marked by acknowledging relationships that people have with each other and the environment, as well as the moral and spiritual-base obligation that they have for each other, the community, and the environment at large.”

– Shawn Wilson, Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods.

The Aseto’ne Institute is a Native centered online ten-week educational curriculum open to all college and university students. Learn about biomedical and health research academic and career opportunities with curriculum organized into three distinct one-credit tracks. Choose from Smudge Keeper, Fire Keeper, and Medicine Shield courses to journey through a set of skills and activities that will launch your interest in careers that empower you to enhance your community. The Aseto’ne Institute faculty have designed motivating lessons on cultural resiliency, Native mathematics, COVID in Indian Country, Native researchers, and many more. Keep reading to see the exceptional instructional tracks available for TCU students!

Medicine Shield Journey

The Aseto’ne Institute is hosted on the PRAXIS AI learning platform. To access this platform, you must first apply to be a part of the Aseto’ne Institute. Then, with your log in information, use this link to access the Aseto’ne Institute platform and begin your educational journey!

Aseto’ne Networking Team Directory

Name Title Email
Reno Charette Project Director
Maggie Grandon Project Associate
Lisa Vandever Peer Mentor Coordinator
Tina Cooper VP Finance & Administration
Carrie Billy President & CEO
Kathy DePalma Grants Manager
Stacia Prue Office Assistant
David Clarke Praxis AI
Alex Feltus Praxis AI
Olivia Feltus Praxis AI -Digital Learning Engineer
Sophie Clarke Praxis AI–Digital Learning Engineer
Darold H. Joseph Medicine Shield Professor
Agnes Attakai Medicine Shield Professor
Siobhan Wescott Smudge Keeper/FireKeeper Professor
Liliana Bronner Smudge Keeper/FireKeeper Professor
Maurice Godfrey Co-Principal Investigator

Aseto’ne Institute Mentors

Faculty/Professional Mentors

Peer Mentors

  • Nicole Walksalong, Blackfeet
  • Angelina Keryte
  • Rajneesh Verma, TOCC
  • Jerald RedBuffalo
  • Diana McKenzie, BMCC
  • Raelynn Rider
  • Edna Wyena, NWIC
  • Misty Jackson
  • Linda Flanery, SWC
  • Autumn Cody
  • Nizhoni Draper
  • Crystal DeCoteau
  • Miranda Gollnow
  • Heather Denny
  • Stacy White
  • Damion Killsback

2021 Aseto’ne Institute Faculty

Guest presentations provided by SACNAS

    • Karletta Chief, (Diné) is an Associate Professor and Specialist in Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA).
    • Panel: Kateryna Poradiuk, Robin Lopez, Diamond Tachera, Jennifer Wong-Ala
    • Panel: Kateryna Poradiuk, Mario Banuelos, Georgina Moreno, Seda Arat, Nana Ankrah

Guest presentations provided by UND In-Med

    • Evan Adams is a member of the Tla’amin First Nation in British Columbia. He first came to the public’s attention by playing Thomas Builds-The-Fire, in the 1998 film Smoke Signals. Adams went on to earn an MD, as well as a Master of Public Health. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority, in British Columbia.
    • Siobhan Wescott, Athabascan from Fairbanks, MD PhD,
    • Kelly Sassi, PhD

Guest presentations provided by We Are Healers
(See the We are Healers website for a complete list of stories.)

    • Dove Spector, Nez Perce
    • Vernon Grant, Amskapipikuni (Blackfeet) Nation
    • Annette Sampson, Umatilla

Guest presentations from NNHRT
(See the NNHRT website for a complete list of webinars.)

    • Arun Balajee, PhD, Lead, Technical Assistance team, Tribal Support Section, CDC COVID-19 Response
    • Suzanne Stewart, PhD, C.Psych, Waakebinee-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lan School of Public Health, University of Toronto
    • David R. Wilson, PhD., Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director at NIH Tribal Health Research Office (THRO)

Guest presentations from Stanford Life Design Lab
(See the Stanford Life Design Lab website for a complete list of resources.)

    • Designing Your Career: The Networking Reframe
    • Designing Your Career: The Outsider Problem
    • Designing Your Career: The Informational Interview
    • The Two Types of Networking: Outbound and Inbound
    • Designing Your Career: The Elevator Conversation
    • Designing Your Career: The Offer Search

Guest presentations provided by UNMC

    • Kent Blansett is Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee and Potawatomi descendant from the Blanket, Panther and Smith family lines. He is the Langston Hughes Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and History at the University Kansas.
    • Jenenne Geske, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UNMC
    • Teri Dameron, Oglala Lakota
    • Athena Ramos, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UNMC.
    • Howard Liu, MD, Chair, Professor, College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, UNMC
    • Tara Sjuts, Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation
    • Brigette Vaughan, APRN-NP, Department of Psychiatry, UNMC
    • Lisa Prue Spellman, Public Relations, UNMC
    • Ali S. Kahn, MD, MPH, MBA, Dean, College of Public Health, UNMC
    • David R. Wilson, PhD, Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director at NIH Tribal Health Research Office
    • Nicholas Guenzel, PdD, RN, APRN-NP, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing – Lincoln Division, UNMC
    • Joe Hayes, Associate Director Career Development and Employer Relations, University of Nebraska Omaha
    • Networking Using LinkedIn,, Academic and Career Development Center, University of Nebraska Omaha
    • Amanda Dumsch, Career Counselor, NIH, Office of Intramural Training & Education, CV vs Resume: What’s the Difference.
    • Breanna Hetland, College of Nursing, UNMC
    • Tiffany Moore, College of Nursing, UNMC
    • Windy Alonso, College of Nursing, UNMC
    • Christine Eisenhauer, College of Nursing, UNMC
    • Alyson Hanish, College of Nursing, UNMC
    • Myra Schmaderer, College of Nursing, UNMC
    • Dr. Kristin Dickinson, College of Nursing, UNMC

Each educational journey is the equivalent of a one credit college course designed at 1.5 hours of work per day across 10 weeks. A student may choose to combine these tracks to earn more credit hours. The Aseto’ne Networking Project staff will assist the students in providing data on time spent in coursework and performance measures so they might seek credit from their home institution through options such as Independent Study or Seminar rubrics.

Smudge Keeper:

The Smudge Keeper educational journey contains 20-minute videos featuring content in Native mathematics, career guidance, study skills, and an introduction to Indigenous researchers.  Smudge Keeper is supported by mentoring, a discussion board, weekly group video conferencing, and measured learning outcomes.

Fire Keeper:

The Fire Keeper educational journey …