Speakers at Eighth International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum
Keynote Speaker: Anahera Morehu
Anahera Morehu is currently the Kaiwhakahaere Māori me Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa | Library Manager Māori and Pasifika Services at the University of Auckland (UoA) Library. Her role is to ensure that the Māori and Pasifika Services Team at The University of Auckland Library provides advice on the development of Māori and Pacific content for the Library; delivers information services; and provides research and learning support to Māori, Pacific and research clients and communities. She is actively involved in developing and delivering information literacy workshops with a focus on Māori or Pacific content. Anahera is a member of Te Rōpū Whakahau, an organization that provides professional and cultural support to Māori who work in libraries throughout New Zealand, since 2000 and has supported Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) prior to becoming a member in 2006. She served as its Tumuaki (President) from 2009-2012. She is currently the National Coordinator, Auckland Regional Coordinator and a presenter for the Mātauranga Māori within New Zealand Libraries workshop. She is of Māori descent from Ngāphui, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa iwi (tribes) in the Northern area of Aotearoa, New Zealand, otherwise known as Te Hiku o te Ika (the tail of the fish).
Vice President For Facilities, Northwest Indian College: Dave Oreiro
Born in 1951 on Bainbridge Island to a strawberry farmer and Lummi/Samish Indian woman. Both parents ran the family farm and worked at Bremerton Navy Yard as welders during and after WWII. Mom divorced and married a career Navy man and seeing America from San Diego, Bremerton, Hawaii, South Carolina, back to San Diego was the routine. Moving back to Washington State was the last pivotal relocation act as Bainbridge became home while attending Seattle Central Community College and the UW. Leaving Seattle and moving to the Lummi Reservation in 1973 and entering Western Washington State College ended with a BS in Environmental Planning and Policy. A 12 year career as the Lummi Nation Planning Director in charge of economic, community and land use planning led to the implementation of infrastructure plans, environmental policy, and land consolidation programs for the Lummi Nation. Commercial fishing became a summer job and eventually a full time job when fishing was at its peak during the late 1980’s and 90’s for 10 years.
With the decline in the fishing industry working for Northwest Indian College, NWIC, became a 23 year ongoing career and met a personal goal of working with Native Education youth and older individual programs. Attaining a Master’s Degree at WWU complemented various work assignments at NWIC including Admissions Director, Recruiter, Registrar, Dean for Math and Science, Dean for Students, and eventually Vice-President for Campus Development. As V.P. current duties include coordinating the new Campus Master Plan for infrastructure, building and facility development. With the successful acquisition of 113 acres for the new campus seven new buildings have been completed with another to break ground within 30 days. Current community service work includes Institutional Review Board Chair for research projects brought to the Lummi Nation, American Higher Education Consortium, and NWIC; Lummi Nation Housing Authority Board Member; and WWU Huxley College Advisory Board Member. For the last 12 years have an adjunct faculty position at WWU teaching the American Indian Experience course.
Interests include participation in canoe racing that includes war canoes, outriggers, and marathon races such as the annual Ski to Sea event, paddling for the last 36 years has become a way of life. Hunting and Fishing are major pastimes with physical fitness a major priority for personal wellness objectives.
Justin P. Guillory was appointed as the President of Northwest Indian College (NWIC) on July 27, 2012. He has more than 11 years of direct work experience in higher education, eight of which were at NWIC. He served the college from 2001 to 2004 as site manager at NWIC’s campus at Nez Perce in Idaho. He then left the college to pursue a PhD, and in 2007 returned to NWIC to serve as the dean of extended campuses and dean of academics and distance learning at the main campus in Bellingham on the Lummi reservation.
Guillory has a diverse ethnic background. He is a direct descendent of the Nez Perce tribe, and has African American and Hispanic ancestry. He was raised on the Nez Perce Indian reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, until his parents moved to Tacoma, WA during his high school years.
Guillory played college football and completed a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sports Management at Eastern Washington University. He has a master’s degree in Education Administration and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University (WSU).
While at WSU, Guillory served as the mentor program coordinator/graduate assistant in the Native American Student Center within the Office of Multicultural Student Services. One of those years included serving as the interim Native American Retention Counselor. His doctoral dissertation focused on the experiences of successful Native students in higher education and how they used education to give back to tribal communities. Justin and his wife, Sunny, have 3 children.