Skip to main content

Public Media for Northern California


2013 American Indian Heroes

Vernon Medicine Cloud

Vernon Medicine Cloud
Assiniboine/Turtle Mountain Chippewa

Vernon Lee Medicine Cloud currently works for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley where he is the Grants and Contracts Analyst. He is currently the President of the American Indian Alliance of Silicon Valley and is also a Director for the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation. Vernon was recently added to the San Jose Police Chief's Community Advisory Board as the liaison for the American Indian community. Vernon's credits who he is and who he has become to his mother, the great Karen Lynn Medicine Cloud, his grandmother, Lavina Loves Him, his grandfather, Orville Loves Him and the almighty Creator.

Orlando Nakai

Orlando Nakai

Mr. Orlando Nakai (Navajo), Executive Director, has been employed with the Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc. for 19 years. Executive Director Nakai brings years of clinical, program and management expertise and experience to his work. Raised in a strong cultural and traditional family, he is motivated by his compassion and commitment to the healing and advancement of our American Indian people.

Bridget A Neconie

Bridget A Neconie
Pueblo of Acoma

Bridget A Neconie is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico, currently living in Oakland, CA. and has been working for over seventeen years as an Admission & Recruitment Specialist in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of California, Berkeley. Bridget works with undergraduates at Cal providing mentoring and support from the beginning of the application cycle to beyond graduation. Bridget presents at workshops and conferences about educational access, competitive admissions, Native identity and the political, legal, social, cultural and diverse complexities in higher education.

Bonney Hartley

Bonney Hartley

Bonney Hartley, an enrolled member of Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation in Wisconsin, is motivated by an enthusiasm for capacity building of grassroots Native community efforts. She works on a variety of health and wellness recovery efforts serving the urban Bay Area American Indian community which has become her extended family over the past five years. She is currently the Director of the Community Services Program at Native American Health Center in Oakland, CA.

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Taos Pueblo
American Indian Heritage Month

KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating American Indian Heritage Month in November. KQED Public TV 9 schedules a special lineup of programs, which are highlighted in a guide along with listings of community resources and local events.

Thanksgiving Recipes
Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu

Bay Area Bites shares a Thanksgiving Menu with creative yet traditional recipes along with related posts to cooking guides, advice, and safety tips to have a delicious and stress-free holiday meal.

Sponsored by