The Team

Jordan O. James

Jordan O. James, an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, is a Native American social scientist and educator engaged in realizing his PhD at the University of New Mexico. As the founder of the Indigenous Training Collaborative and its lead trainer, he routinely guest lectures at academic institutions around the South West United States and his work has contributed to a portion of NSF grants as a graduate research assistant. He received both his BA and MCRP (Masters of Community and Regional Planning) from the University of New Mexico.

Neal Smith

Neal Ambrose-Smith, descendent of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, is a contemporary Native American painter, sculptor, printmaker, and Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also developed an app Artist Ideas with 100 ideas for making art, available for Android and Apple. His work is included in the collections of many national and international museums and institutions, including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Galerie municipale d’art contemporain in Chamalières, France, and Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. He received his BA from the University of Northern Colorado and MFA from the University of New Mexico.

Yamel Orozco

As the Indigenous Training Collaborative office manager Yamel is the administrative backbone of the program managing the day-to-day operations, invoicing and IT needs of the program. Holding a Cisco Networking Security certification, she keeps everything running smoothly and securely for the ITC team in today’s internet connected world.