Alan Parker (360-867-5075) is the Director of the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute and an Evergreen Faculty member. He is a member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe, and grew up on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Northern Montana. He is a former director of the National Indian Policy Center and a former chief of counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. Also, before coming to Evergreen, he was the president of the American Indian National Bank. Alan received the Juris Doctorate from the University of California-Los Angeles, and has spent many years practicing law. He enjoys playing golf and pinocle.

Aleticia K. Silverwood Tijerina (360-867-6889) is the Assistant Director. She is Odawa/French (mother) and Mexican (father) descent from the Ogontz village of mission Indians in Northern Ohio. Aleticia's research interest include Native nationalism, Native nation-building and Native Studies curriculum development. Before coming to Evergreen, she was an instructor in the department of politics and international affairs and a minority recruiter and program developer. Aleticia received her Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University. Aleticia is also a poet and performance artist.

Bonnie Graft (360-867-6614) is a Muckleshoot tribal member. She is the program assistant for the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute. Her specialties include: graphic design and the formulation of PowerPoint presentations. Her other major interest is photography. Bonnie has two adult children in Washington. She also has seven wonderful grandchildren and enjoys her new nickname: Gwandma. Bonnie's husband is an author (PM Coyote/Mr. Coyote) and lecturer, and together they are raising James in Skokomish.