April Kateri Chavez

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April Kateri Chavez is of the Diné Nation from Sanostee, N.M. and from the Pueblo of Santo Domingo.  She is the proud daughter of Everett and Carilene Chavez.  Her maternal clans are Within His Cover and Mexican, and her paternal clan is Fox.  She is a Masters candidate in the American Studies department at the University of New Mexico.  She holds a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Dance from Stanford University. 

 As a former tribal social worker, her research interests include Indian child welfare, ICWA (1978), critical race theory, critical Indigenous studies, and tribal jurisprudence and policy.  More specifically, she is interested in looking at Indian child welfare within tribal communities that function under traditional governing systems, as well as, addressing the racial logics of neoliberal conceptions of “healing” within Indian country. 

In 2019, she was appointed by New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse-Oliver, to serve on the Native American Voting Task Force.  She has over ten years of experience working as a freelance makeup artist.  Her editorial work has been published in the Native American Art, The New York Times and Vogue.  She currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the Chicana/Chicano Studies department.  She is the proud mother of two rez pubbies, Bear and Wally.