- American Indian Student Services, Office of the VP for Student Affairs
Royelle Bundy is the Director of American Indian Student Services (AISS) which is located in The Payne Family Native American Center. American Indian Student Services supports Native American students in their transition, achievement, and success at the University of Montana; by providing services and programs that have been established through collaborative partnerships with various campus and Missoula community members.
Royelle was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation and is a descendant of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She received an AA in Chemical Dependency, BA in Human Services, and an MA in Psychology, Criminology and Justice Studies Specialization.
Emily Ferguson-Steger, M.Ed.
- Office of Admissions
- Associate Director of Recruitment Management
- University Center Administration
- Program Advisor
- Office of Admissions
- Program Advisor
"Two Kettle Woman" (Chelsea Niewald) is a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, but was raised on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington. Chelsea moved to Missoula to study Native American Studies and Anthropology in 2010. Shortly after her first semester, she began working at the Graduate School Office. After a year, she became the Admissions Coordinator while focusing on recruitment of Native American students and International Students. She enjoys building bridges between departments and applicants during a scary and unknown process.
Chelsea provides advocacy, advice, guidance, and support for students who are transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school. She is welcoming her first daughter in the Spring of 2015, while finishing up her BA in Native American Studies part time. Her hope is to continue working in Higher Education for the University of Montana for years to come in the area of admissions or advising.
Her personal motto she shares with students is, "Life is about surprising yourself."
Twila Old Coyote
- Upward Bound
As a Browning High School graduate, I went on to The University of Montana where I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Native American Studies. I also completed a master’s degree in Intercultural Youth and Family Development. My professional experience has been in higher education, specifically in the areas of recruitment and retention of American Indian students.
While in college, I had the privilege of joining the Upward Bound family after working as a counselor for three summers. I also became involved with TRIO through Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars Program. The support I received from these programs helped me to become a successful college graduate. Thank you TRIO!
I truly believe that with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything! With that in mind, shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars!
Wilena Old Person
- College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, Native American Center of Excellence & Diversity Programs
- Program Coordinator
Wilena Old Person (Yakama/Blackfeet) is the Program Coordinator for the Native American Center of Excellence within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and has been with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy since 2010. She has earned a BA in History and Native American Studies and is currently finishing a MA in Anthropology.
Maegan Rides At The Door, M.A.
- National Native Children's Trauma Center
Maegan Rides At The Door, M.A. (Nakota/Dakota/Absentee Shawnee) serves as Director of the National Native Children’s Trauma Center. Maegan previously served as In Home and Outpatient Therapist with the Dan Fox Family Care Program, and as a School Behavioral Health Specialist. Maegan will remain Board Chair for the Missoula Urban Indian Center. She has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences of the University of Montana.
- Skaggs School of Pharmacy,Native American Center of Excellence
- Student Resource Advisor
Shane Sangrey is an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Nation located in Rocky Boy, Montana. He is the Student Resource Advisor for the Native American Center of Excellence within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He enjoys long walks anywhere in Montana.
- College of Humanities and Sciences
- Coordinator, Indigenous Research and STEM Education
- Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
- Proposal Development Manager
Following her graduation from UM, Katherine Swan (Chippewa Cree) moved back home to work as a grant writer for seven years, securing over $35M for schools, Tribes, TCUs, and other Tribal organizations. In 2010 she began working as a grant writer for Arizona State University in Phoenix, alongside researchers aiming to increase equitable access to healthcare and reduce health disparities among minorities.
In 2013 she started in her current role of Proposal Development Manager at UM, where she aims to facilitate proposal development among researchers. Between 2010 and the present, she has continued to work on a part time basis as a grant writer for schools, Tribes, and Tribal Colleges in Montana, striving to promote economic development and educational achievement among Natives.
- UM Concessions
- Assistant Manager
Adelle Watts, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe, is the Assistant Manager of UM Concessions at the University of Montana. She hires and supervises over 120 staff members, student and non-students alike. Her staff serves 28,000 guests or more during Grizzly football games.
Born and raised on the Blackfeet reservation, Adelle learned early that you must work hard and have the determination in life, despite its hurdles to get what you want. She enrolled at the University of Montana in the fall of 2002 and pursued her degree in Journalism which she received in the fall of 2014, while working full-time at UM. Adelle is a graduate of the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute as well as TRIO’s Upward Bound program.
When you can’t find Adelle in the chaos of Washington Grizzly Stadium and the Adams Center you can find her playing video games or playing outside with her nieces and nephews. She really enjoys hide and seek.