Zachary J. Murphy, NativeAmerica.travel Intern
Zach Murphy is an American Indian Studies major at Haskell Indian Nations University with an emphasis in Social Welfare. Zach comes from Wichita, KS and is a part of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. He aspires to go to graduate school in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to then go on to help further his nation.
Burrell Jones, NativeAmerica.travel Intern
Burrell Jones is from the Grandfalls region within the Leupp community/chapter located on the Navajo Nation. Burrell graduated with a dual bachelor's degree in Applied Indigenous Studies and Political Science from Northern Arizona University. He believes tourism can bring positive outcomes to tribal communities for recreation, job opportunities, and the benefit of sharing cultural knowledge. He looks forward to learning more from this opportunity of being an AIANTA intern and appreciates the determination of the organization to improve tribal tourism across all Indigenous homelands.
Tracey Dawn Lee, NativeAmerica.travel Intern
Trace Lee is of the Tangle Clan, born for Cliff Dwellers Clan, her maternal grandfather's clan is the Red House Clan and her paternal grandfather's clan is the Many-Goats clan. Tracey graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in Applied Indigenous Studies and Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ) from Northern Arizona University. Tracey is well aware that tourism is a great route for the Native communities to generate revenue; in order to stabilize their Nations as well as provide employment opportunities for the community. She feels her perspectives will offer useful and creative information in which she can bring back to her community a new perspective of what tourism is today and what it can be in the future. Her experiences and perspectives of living on the Navajo reservation have definitely had an impact in understanding the critical social, political, legal, and cultural conditions of Navajo people. She feels that she has the potential to transform into a leader and a voice for her tribe, the Navajo Nation.