Liz La quen náay Kat Saas Medicine Crow (Haida/Tlingit)
Liz La quen náay Kat Saas Medicine Crow (Haida/Tlingit), is from Keex Kwaan (Kake), Alaska. On her Haida side, she is Eagle Tiits Gitee Nei, Hummingbird. On her Tlingit side, she is Raven Kaach.adi, Fresh Water-marked Sockeye Salmon. La quen náay’s maternal grandparents were Mona & Thomas Jackson, Sr. of Kake, her paternal grandparents were Lillian and Charles Cheney of Washington. Her parents are Della and William Cheney of Kake. La quen náay’s husband, Cloud Medicine Crow, Hidatsa, is a contemporary American Indian artist. Although she works in Anchorage, Liz’s heart is always at home in the village with her family and people.
Integrating Native knowledge and values into organizations, governance mechanisms, and everyday life is a primary passion and responsibility La quen náay has pursued through her education and career. She received her BA (BFA Equivalency) from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and her professional degree from Arizona State University College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree and a Certificate in Indian Law. Since coming to First Alaskans Institute, La quen náay has served as the Director of the Alaska Native Policy Center, Vice-President, and now serves as the President/CEO, providing a direct link for her to be of service to our Native peoples.