Judi M. gaiashkibos, Executive Director
Judi M. gaiashkibos has served as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs since 1995. She is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Judi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations in 2000 from Doane College, and in 2007, she earned her Master's in Management with a Leadership Emphasis from Doane College.
In 2006, Judi was elected as the President of the Governor's Interstate Indian Council (GIIC), a national organization with the mission of improving and promoting cooperation between state and tribal governments. She serves on several state advisory boards including the Nebraska Minority Justice Committee, the P-16 Leadership Council, and the Nebraska Partners in Prevention Coalition. She was also appointed to the University of Nebraska's Presidents Advisory Council in 2008. Judi was the recipient of the Douglas County Historical Society 2009 Door Keeper Award in recognition of opening new doorways in the spirit of Unity, Equality and Understanding. In 2009, she was a lecturer and advisor for the first Native Daughters project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is also currently an adjunct professor for the second Native Daughters project focusing on Indian women of Oklahoma also through UNL. She is a member of the Racial Profiling Advisory Committee and of the U.S. Census Advisory Board as well. Judi is a Board Member of Interchurch Ministries/Grants to American Indians in Nebraska (GAIN), the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, and recently completed a 3-year term on United Way. She was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Nebraska Humanities Sower Award and was appointed to the Doane Board of Trustees in 2012 as well. She is a member of the Sheldon Museum of Art's Advisory Council. She is also actively involved in non-profit service.
Scott Shafer, Administrative Assistant II
Scott Shafer began working for NCIA in October 2008. He previously worked for the Nebraska Department of Corrections and The American Legion Department of Nebraska. Scott's background is in public relations and marketing. He currently leads NCIA's Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Program and assists in grant and program development for the Commission as well as planning and coordination of the annual Chief Standing Bear Breakfast. Scott has played a key role in the development and return of the Ponca tribe's grey corn. He is currently program head for development of the Chief Standing Bear Trail project. He also recently graduated from the Seward County Leadership Development Program and is a recipent of the Lincoln YWCA's Mentor award in 2012.
Naomi Szpot, Administrative Secretary
Naomi Szpot started working for NCIA in July 2014. She is an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In 2010, Naomi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater in Public History. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from the State University of New York, Oneonta in 2013. In addition to working at the NCIA, Naomi serves as the Anthropology Collections and NAGPRA Assistant at the University of Nebraska State Museum.
Alicia Harris, Administrative Secretary
Alicia Harris joined the NCIA in September 2014. She holds a B.A in Art History and Curatorial Studies from Brigham Young Univesity in Utah, and an M.A. From the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Art History. She was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies, as well as the graduate assistant at the Great Plains Art Museum. Her minor area of study was Ethnic/Native Studies. She is also a professor of Art History at Nebraska Wesleyan University and she teaches Native American Art History at Southeast Community College. Her interests are in historical representation of Native Americans and issues of visual sovereignty. She is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine in Fort Peck, Montana.
Alexander Mallory, Executive Intern
Alexander Mallory began working for NCIA in May 2014. He is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a senior political science and history major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alexander has previously served as a legislative intern for Senator Deb Fischer in Washington D.C. and as a legislative page at the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Alexander is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's first student to earn the nationally competitive, merit-based Morris K. Udall Scholarship and was also a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which granted him the opportunity of interviewing in front of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a juris doctorate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and study Native American law.