Native American Advisory Council

The Hearst Museum’s Native American Advisory Council (NAAC) provides guidance to the Museum about matters of interest or concern to their constituents.

Membership is comprised of up to 11 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds – including tribal officials, scholars, museum professionals, and artists – from tribes throughout California and Nevada. Meeting monthly, the Council advises the Museum on exhibitions, education, public programming, cultural policy, traditional care, and more. The Council was founded in 2013 by former director Mari Lyn Salvador.

Council Members

Kesner Flores (Chair) – Wintu/Paiute, Cortina Indian Rancheria

Sherrie Smith-Ferri (Vice-Chair) – Pomo/Bodega Bay Miwok, Dry Creek Rancheria

Gino Altamirano – Tilhini (Obispeño)

Marnie Atkins – Wiyot

Lorrie Beck –  Choinumni/Mono

Richard Bugbee – Payoomkawichum

Gabriel Duncan – Paiute

L Frank – Tongva/Acjachmem/Raramuri

Alexii Sigona – Amah Mutsun Tribal Band