Longhouse Staff Team
Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, J.D. (Ojibwe)
Tina Kuckkahn-Miller has served as the founding director of the “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College since 1996. With degrees in education and law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tina is an adjunct member of the faculty at Evergreen who regularly teaches a fund development course for the Master of Public Administration Program. She currently serves as the Planning Unit Coordinator for the Native Programs at Evergreen. She also serves on the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre in Alberta, as well as the Board of Directors for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s project to create a new cultural center that will provide infrastructure and support to rural, reservation-based artists in Northern Wisconsin. Affiliated with both the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (enrolled) and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribes, Tina works with a multitude of tribal peoples and artists from throughout the Pacific Rim in her roles at Evergreen.
Laura Grabhorn (Tlingit/Haida)
Laura Grabhorn is enrolled in the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She is Gaanax.ádi clan, youngest daughter of Pearl Peratrovich of Klawock, Alaska. Laura has being working at the Longhouse as assistant director since 1999. Before that she served as a financial aid counselor and director of student employment from 1994-1999. Prior to that she was at Kansas State University in multicultural affairs and previously assistant dean of the University Graduate School, Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.A. in Sociology also from Indiana University.
Micah McCarty (Makah)
Special Assistant to the President for Tribal Government Relations
Micah served on the Makah Tribal Council as Chairman for three terms. His work as an environmental and resource protection leader, whaling advocate and artist are founded upon his support for the Makah culture and community. He served as Vice Chairman of the Governance Coordinating Committee for the President’s National Ocean Council, and as a member of the Intergovernmental Policy Council. Micah currently serves as Board Chair for First Stewards. He has received the “Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resource Protection Leadership Honor Award” from the Potlatch Fund, as well as the “Emerging American Leadership Fellowship,” from the German Marshall Fund.
Linley Logan (Seneca)
Director, Northwest Heritage Program
Linley is a multi-disciplinary contemporary artist/ designer and art consultant. He has attended four International Indigenous Arts Exchanges, Curates contemporary Native American art exhibits, and serves on local arts boards. Linley’s employment experience includes the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American, and teaching printmaking at Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts, Hawaii. Linley has served on grant review panels for: Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Ford Foundation - Leveraging Investments in Creativity, NEA - Folk and Traditional Arts, All Roads Film program, and the National Geographic Society.
Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Erin Genia has served as the Program Coordinator at the since April 2013. She graduated with a B.A. from Evergreen in 2008 and with an MPA in Tribal Governance in 2010, afterwards serving as the MPA-Tribal Assistant Director. Erin is an artist who is active in both two- and three- dimensional media. Her article, “The Landscape and Language of Indigenous Cultural Rights” was published in the Arizona State Law Journal in 2012.
Jesse Drescher (Tongva)
Jesse Drescher, a senior at Evergreen, is a student-intern for the Longhouse. He is completing his BA in History and Native American Studies, with an emphasis on Indigenous Placemaking and Tribal Linguistics. He has served as a co-coordinator for the Native Student Alliance for three years. He and his family are Tongva from the village of Pašeekŋa in the San Fernando Valley, CA. Jesse will enroll in the program “Native Decolonization in the Pacific Rim,” which will focus on resiliency and cultural revitalization among the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Aotearoa in 2014-2015.
Longhouse Mailing Address
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia WA 98505
Fax: (360) 867-6699