Staff Members

Dr. Arlie Stops

Dr. Arlie Stops

Dr. Arlie Stops spent the early portion of his life in Montana, living on the Crow Reservation. His father, Arlie Stops Sr., was born and raised on the Crow Reservation and was 100% Crow. Dr. Stops was raised in a family of 10 children on the reservation, where many of them still reside. As a […]
Maradan Mercer- Moyle

Maradan Mercer – Moyle

A citizen of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Nation, joined the Nevada Indian Commission on Jan. 8, 2024, as the administrative assistant. Maradan comes to the NIC from the Nevada Department of Corrections. Currently residing in Stillwater, Nev., the Indigenous territories of the Toi Ticutta (the cattail eaters), she is a Douglas High graduate from the class […]

Lance West

How mu.  Nu Lance West me nanea. Nu cui-ui dicutta agai dicuttano. Nu Schurzwaetu. Nu tunedooedu pooenabe agai dicutta.  My name is Lance West, I am Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute.  I live in Schurz, Nevada on the traditional lands of the Walker River Paiute. I am Schurz Elementary Principal, a K-6 public school, […]

Emily Navarro

Ms. Navarro has a background in education and non-profit management and her current role is as the Education director of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California’s education department. Currently, the Washoe tribe’s education department reaches three different school districts – Carson City, Douglas, and ACUSD due to the locations of Washoe communities and youth […]

Fawn Hunter

Fawn Hunter has over 20 years of experience working with students and families in the k-12 setting. She is a member of the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe and a descendant of the Washoe Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and Pit River Tribe of Susanville Indian Rancheria. She grew up on the Dresslerville reservation and is […]

Fredina Drye-Romero

Ms. Fredina Drye-Romero is from the Southern Paiute Tribe and enrolled with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Tribe, in northern Arizona, and has close affiliations with the Moapa Band of Paiute Tribe, in southern Nevada. Fredina has been working in education for over 20 years and currently serves as the Education Programs Professional for Indian […]

William Bauer

William Bauer is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and a professor of history and program director for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Bauer earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame and MA and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has […]

Kari Emm

Dr. Emm has over 15 years of experience in higher education. She is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe and was raised on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation in Schurz, NV, where she still considers “home”. Dr. Emm’s career started in public affairs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service with the United States […]

Janet Davis

Grant Coordinator jdavis@nic.nv.gov Janet Davis began with the Nevada Indian Commission in July of 2023 and is currently the grant administrator for the Nevada Indian Commission. In her capacity as a two-year, contract employee, Davis will administer $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to all of Nevada’s Tribes as the NIC received this […]

Tammi Tiger

Commissioner (Term: November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024) The newest member of the Commission, Tammi Tiger began her service on November 1, 2021. Tammi is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, and a Muscogee Nation descendant. After 20 years of public service with Clark County, Department of Public Works, last June, Tammi was […]