Dickinson Announces New Director of the Center for the Futures of Native Peoples

Amanda Cheromiah

Amanda Cheromiah at the Center for the Futures of Native Peoples Symposium, held on campus recently. Photo by Dan Loh.

Amanda Cheromiah strengthens center’s education, advocacy and mentorship efforts

Dickinson is pleased to announce that Amanda Cheromiah—a distinguished advocate for Indigenous education and storytelling—has been named the new executive director of the college’s Center for the Futures of Native Peoples (CFNP).

Cheromiah's appointment marks an exciting future for the CFNP and the campus community, building on the strong foundation laid by the center's founding director, Assistant Professor of American Studies Darren Lone Fight

“Dr. Cheromiah's exceptional achievements and her dedication to advancing Indigenous education and storytelling align perfectly with the CFNP's mission,” says Lone Fight. “Her leadership is poised to enhance the center's efforts in supporting Indigenous students and scholars and in fostering a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures and knowledge systems within the Dickinson community.”

Cheromiah hails from the village of Paguate on the homelands of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. She brings to Dickinson a wealth of experience and a passionate commitment to strengthening the collective and individual self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and communities through education, storytelling, digital media and advocacy. Cheromiah earned her Ph.D. in higher education from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and comes to Dickinson from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she was assistant senior director of the Alaska Native science and engineering program.

An accomplished educator and a mentor, Cheromiah has dedicated over a decade to the Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access & Resiliency) program at the University of Arizona, where she played a crucial role in mentoring Indigenous youth and enhancing their academic achievements. Her leadership in the Native SOAR program exemplifies her commitment to nurturing the next generation of Indigenous scholars and leaders.

The CFNP is dedicated to advancing and fostering a robust national conversation on the past, present and future of Native American issues, and Cheromiah's innovative approach to education, advocacy and mentorship is a perfect fit for continuing that mission.


Published April 16, 2024