NAH Ambassadors

David Eby

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  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma/Muscogee
  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Doctoral Student, School of Information Sciences
  • Hometown: Springfield, MO

David Eby (MLIS) is beginning his second year of pursuing his doctoral studies in Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. David seeks to research how Native American and Indigenous Knowledge are conveyed and shared on TikTok, a short-format video social media platform. Before attending graduate school, David taught in public schools and worked in public libraries. During his Master's program, he worked with research projects funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Department of Education. He has interned as a researcher at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures. He is currently developing an augmented reality (AR) experience at the Spurlock Museum to complement the newly installed exhibit, "Welcome to the Pow-wow: An Intertribal Pow-wow Experience." In the next academic year, David will be a Graduate Student Ambassador at the University of Illinois’ Native American House where he hopes to foster his creativity and cultural knowledge for the advancement of his Native relatives in the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago communities.


Emma Walkowiak

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  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Pronouns: She/They
  • Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

Boozhoo, my name is Emma Walkowiak. I am a Senior in Global Studies with a thematic area in Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility and a language focus in Mandarin. I'll be studying in Taiwan this first fall semester but will return for the spring semester! I'm very excited to meet everyone and do my best working at NAH!


Yanaba Schroeder

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  • Diné
  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Human Development & Family Studies, College of ACES
  • Hometown: Kayenta, AZ

Yá’át’ééh (Hello)! Shí éí Yanaba Schroeder yinishyé. T ł 'ízí lání nishłį́, Biligaana bashishchiin, Tódich'ii'nii dashicheii, Biligaana dashinalí.

Hello! My name is Yanaba Schroeder. I am a member of the Diné/ Navajo Nation. I am from Kayenta, Arizona, and currently reside in Central Illinois. I’m pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. After earning my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend medical school to study Pediatric Surgery.