Lewis & Clark Native Alumni Association


The Lewis & Clark Native Alumni Association (LCNAA) is a community of Lewis & Clark alumni who self-identify as Native American and Indigenous. We also welcome alumni that are allies who seek to serve and support Indian Country. In order to cultivate a strong community, the LCNAA welcomes alumni from Lewis & Clark College, the Northwestern School of Law and the Graduate School of Education. The LCNAA seeks to create a supportive environment for current and former students and to serve as a resource to the Native Student Union (NSU), Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and other Native students on campus. We aim to create a robust network of Native alumni and allies that embodies Lewis & Clark’s cornerstones of excellence, equity, community, and service. We aspire to:

  • Collaborate with the NSU to support the academic and life success of Native students at Lewis & Clark.
  • Support the success of Native alumni in their careers, community and global experiences.
  • Encourage the engagement of Native alumni in the Lewis & Clark community.
  • Support Lewis & Clark in honoring and uplifting Native voices and people.
  • Serve as a resource to the College to address issues that may impact the interests and concerns of Native students.
  • Serve as a resource to facilitate networking for current Native students and alumni.
  • Support NSU in the development of events.

We encourage and welcome all alumni and students of Lewis & Clark to join our community. 


  • Quarterly Zoom based Alumni meetings.
  • Support coordination of annual events:
    • New Student welcome to Native Students (September)
    • NSU’s Native American Heritage Month (November)
    • Spring Networking with Alumni event (January-May)
    • Native Graduation/Honor Day (May) 

Meet Board of Alumni Members

Alyce Sadongei ’81, Kiowa/Tohono O’odham

Mary Bodine-Watts CAS ’09, L ’13, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs


L&C’s First Native Scholar-Artist in Residence to Focus on Shakespeare

Waylon Lenk BA ’08, a Shakespeare scholar and theatre artist, will join the college as its first Native Scholar-Artist in Residence this fall.

New Student Common Reading Focuses on Native Scholars

This year Lewis & Clark will present a series of Native scholars/artists whose work reflects on existing art and literature, as well as new art and scholarship, that is uniquely informed by their Native experiences and ancestral perspectives.

Electric Car Revolution Puts Native Communities at Risk

New research from Associate Professor of Law Lisa Benjamin explores the positive environmental justice impacts of electric vehicles while urging updates to land-use and mining regulations to protect Native communities.


Richard Mosse Broken Spectre 7 by Jack Hems

Richard Mosse, Broken Spectre
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, L&C Campus
Broken Spectre is an immersive, 74-minute film documenting different fronts of destruction, degradation and environmental crimes in the Amazon Basin. Mosse shows both human sides of the tragedy: from the Yanomami and Munduruku Indigenous communities fighting for survival; to illegal gold miners poisoning and destroying entire river systems for tiny handfuls of gold. Showing from August 24 to December 15.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Alumni Weekend 2023. See pictures here

Save the date! There will be an Alumni of Color Reception at Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 27 - 29, 2023.

Find all of the Alumni and Parent Engagement events here.

See all the pictures from the 2023 Native Graduation. 

Learn more about the Native Student Union (NSU) or email them at nsu@lclark.edu. You can follow the NSU on Instagram @lc_nsu.

Learn more about the Lewis & Clark Native American Law Students Association here or email them at nalsa@lclark.edu. 

Meet a Student- Azucena Morales Santos ’24

Meet an alumnus- David Harrelson ’07