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Dr. Joely Proudfit

CSU San Marcos (CSUSM)
Director of California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center Department Chair, American Indian Studies

A full professor, Dr. Proudfit has been tenured three times in the CSU system. In addition to her academic positions, she was the first special advisor to the Honorable Cruz M. Bustamante, lieutenant governor of California, for California Indian Sovereign Nations in 2002.In 2016 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE).  She continues to serve on NACIE. She is the lead author and researcher on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 ground breaking annual reports on the State of American Indian and Alaskan Native Education in California.  She is the series editor of ten (10) books addressing American Indian education throughout the U.S. The first book published in 2017 focuses on California. On Indian Ground-: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge—Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education. She is author of the forthcoming book titled Beyond the American Indian Stereotype: There’s More to Me Than What You See.  Dr. Proudfit is also the founder and Executive Director of the California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) is the largest AIAN film festival in the U.S. Dr. Proudfit and Chris Eyre (Director/Producer) formed The Native Networkers (TNN), a film and television consulting company which provided resources to improve understanding and foster authentic representation of Native American and Indigenous peoples in storylines, exhibition and marketing campaigns.   Proudfit has worked on various media projects such as the 2017 film by Scott Cooper, Hostiles featuring Christian Bale and various television shows. Proudfit owns Native Media Strategies, LLC a consulting company providing full-service media consulting. Dr. Proudfit is the owner of Naqmayam Communications, an independent, full-service, California Indian-owned and -operated public relations agency. Naqmayam Communications, aka NaqCom, promotes socially conscious marketing and consumer and cultural education. NaqCom also offers expertise in developing and implementing communication strategies to successfully build consensus and brand loyalty among Native American communities. Dr. Proudfit holds positions on numerous boards and committees, such as: Vice chair for the Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, board member of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, board member for Vision Maker Media, and executive director of the California Indian Professors Association.