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About the Logo

The logos designed for Indigenous Strategies llc and Native Education Alliance were developed by Ryan Huna Smith.   

Ryan Huna Smith

A Chemehuevi/Navajo artist and an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, Arizona. Raised in Needles, California and graduated from Needles High School. Afterward he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, focusing on two-dimensional art.  Ryan received his Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree at the University of Arizona majoring in Illustration.  He is a co-founder of the Native Education Alliance. 

 Ryan currently works at the Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School, a bicultural charter school in Tucson, Arizona.  He has had work in museum collections at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona; The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and The Heritage Center, Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Private collections include: Danny Glover, Actor; and the Honorable Raul M. Grijalva, Arizona 7th District. 

 In 2011, Ryan illustrated "It's up 2 You!, a digital comic book about the choices teenagers make to affect their health and happiness. This was developed as part of the "Through the Eyes of the Eagle" exhibit at the Arizona State Museum with Lisa Falk, Education Director of ASM.

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I.S. will be collaborating with UA College of Education and Ironwood Tree Experience on a two year project to examine ways to engage Native American boys in Education, Tribal Lifeways and Land Stewardship.  We are grateful to the Agnese Haury Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to thoughtfully approach this topic.
The Gathering of Educators registration is open!  Click under events and sign up for a day of professional development focused on the needs of educators and administrators of schools with high Native American student populations!