The Governing Council of Six Directions Indigenous School meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm in Classroom F at our school, 2055 NM State Road 602, Gallup, NM 87301, in the old Western New Mexico University building.
Agendas are available 72 hours prior via this website or from the front office of our school.
January 15th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
February 19th, 2019 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
March 25th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
*Due to COVID-19, this meeting will take place remotely. The public may attend and listen via this link: https://zoom.us/j/548539817
April 15th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
May 20th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
June 17th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
July 15th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
August 19th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
September 16th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
October 14th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
November 18th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
December 16th, 2020 - 6:00 pm - SDIS
LANE TOWERY - Chair
Lane Towery is a co-founder of Six Directions Indigenous School and a current Governing Council member. From 2014-2017, Lane led the effort to build a coalition of support, design Six Directions' model, and write and successfully usher the charter application through the Public Education Commission's process. After approval, Lane managed all the processes necessary to open the school's doors--from finding a facility and building out technology infrastructure, to recruiting families and staff, and writing policies and procedures. During this time, Lane was a School Leadership Fellow at the NACA-Inspired Schools Network.
Before founding Six Directions, Lane worked as an instructional coach and taught at Mariano Lake Community School on the Navajo Nation and Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC.
Lane has a Masters' Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor's Degree from Duke University. Lane is currently a student at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
WILHELMINA YAZZIE - Keeper of Records
Wilhelmina Yazzie is of the Diné (Navajo) Tribe and she is originally from Casamero Lake, New Mexico. She is Deeshchii'nii (Start of the Red Streak People), born for the Kinyaa'anii (Towering House People), her maternal are the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and her paternal are the 'Ashiihi (Salt People). Wilhelmina and her partner, who is of the Cheyenne River Sioux (Lakota) Tribe, have three beautiful children.
Wilhelmina received two Associate degrees from the University of New Mexico in Paralegal Studies and Tribal Court Advocacy. She is currently working towards a higher degree with concentrations in Native American Studies, Law and Social Justice. Wilhelmina is a Tribal Court Advocate licensed to practice in the Navajo tribal courts and a Paralegal. Aside from working in the legal field for over 15 years, she is also a strong parent advocate for her children and education. Wilhelmina is one of the key plaintiffs in the landmark education lawsuit, Yazzie/Martinez vs. State of NM, who sued the state for its failure to uphold its legal obligation to give all students a sufficient and equitable education, especially for our Native American children, including Hispanic, English Language Learners, Low-Income and children with disabilities. She values her culture and language, and views all children sacred.
DR. OLIVER TAPAHA - Assistant Chair
Oliver Tapaha is an enrolled member of the Diné (Navajo) tribe. He is a descendant of the Naakai Diné’e (Mexican People) clan and born for the Hónágháahnii (One-Who-Walks-Around) clan. His maternal grandfather’s clan is T’ódíchííníí (Bitter Water) and his paternal grandfather’s clan is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Oliver is originally from Round Rock, AZ.
Oliver Tapaha received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Arizona State University and an Ed.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Education from Oregon State University. While at OSU, he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Diversity Development. His research interests are Diné-based education; Indigenous knowledge, curriculum and pedagogy; cultural identity development; and cultural resilience.
Oliver was a k-12 educator in both public and Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools on the Diné reservation in northeastern Arizona for 10 years. He also taught Humanities Project-Based Learning and Diné Studies at Six Directions Indigenous School in fall of 2016. He holds teaching certificates in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education (1-8), Secondary Education (7-12), and Career and Technical Education in the state of Arizona and New Mexico (Level III certificates). He’s endorsed in Gifted and Talented Education as well. Oliver is currently employed with Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona as the Director of Retention and Advising.
KAREN MALONE - Keeper of Finances
Ya at eeh, Naakai Dine nishliigo, Dutch bashishchiin, Tabaahidashicheii, doo Irish dashinali. Hello, I am born of the Mexican People, and born for the Dutch People. My Maternal Grandfather is of the Water’s Edge people while my Paternal Grandfather is of the Irish people.
I earned by Bachelor of Science in Education from University of New Mexico and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. I have served on National Assessment of Educational Progress – Standing Reading Committee.
I served as a teacher for 24 years in the state of New Mexico in both public and Bureau Operated Schools under the Department of the Interior; where I taught various grade levels at the elementary, junior high and high school. I also served as head teacher at Wingate High School and Education Specialist (School Improvement) in Tuba City, AZ. I am currently the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Education Specialist in Window Rock, AZ. I have been with the Bureau of Indian Education, Navajo District, for seven years.
SUSAN ESTRADA - Member
Susan Estrada is an enrolled member of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians. Her mother was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and her father's families are Tohono O'odham, Quechan, and Iipay. Susan graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Her research focus was indigenous research methods and their implications in forming reflexive educational structures. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico, Gallup. Her current focus is the historical and current purpose of education and schooling. Susan has experience providing preschool literacy intervention, afterschool enrichment programs for at-risk middle school students, and charter school management. Through working closely with top instructional directors of Education Management Systems and Pathways in Education, she is well versed in daily functions of a charter school as well as high-level decision-making of school finances, staffing, instruction and facilities. She currently teaches 5th grade at Juan de Onate, where she works to connect her passion for rich curriculum in a way that honors the backgrounds and strengths of her students.
BEN SOCE - FORMER CHAIR
For the bulk of his career, Mr. Crowfoot has worked for Native American tribes and is familiar with the needs, values, expectations and challenges that come with working in Indian Country. Mr. Crowfoot has worked both in private and public areas of law. He is a graduate from Utah Valley State College, Brigham Young University and the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in undergrad, Mr. Crowfoot worked as an intern for the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland. As a law student Mr. Crowfoot served all three years as an executive board member for the Indigenous Law Students Association and was instrumental in running the Annual Coming Together of People’s Conference, the oldest student run Indian law conference in the country. Mr. Crowfoot focuses in criminal law in Indian country and has worked for the Ho-Chunk in Wisconsin and as, Chief Prosecutor for the Hopi tribe in Arizona. Currently Mr. Crowfoot is the Chief Judge of the Pueblo of Zuni located in western New Mexico.
Mr. Crowfoot was raised on – and is an enrolled member of – the Siksika First Nation Indian reserve (Blackfoot) located in Alberta, Canada. Mr. Crowfoot is also of Oneida (Wisconsin), Saulteaux (Ojibwa) and Akwesasne (Mohawk) descent. He currently lives in the Gallup New Mexico area with his wife and four children.