Native American Advisory Council

The Hearst Museum’s Native American Advisory Council (NAAC) provides guidance to the Director and Museum staff 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 four times a year, 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

Joyce Burel (Chair) – Yokuts, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

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

Gino Altamirano – Chumash, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation

Lorrie Beck –  Choinumni/Mono, Choinumni tribe

Richard Bugbee – Payoomkawichum

L Frank – Tongva/Acjachmem/Raramuri

Sherrie Smith-Ferri – Pomo/Bodega Bay Miwok, Dry Creek Rancheria