Aseto’ne Network Project

The Aseto’ne Network Project is a broad multi-institutional initiative designed to coordinate outreach, education and mentoring services provided by the nation’s 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). This initiative is a collaboration between AIHEC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). In the Cheyenne language Aseto’ne refers to the context of growth and taking first steps. Thus, our project will provide the necessary steps and support infrastructure to guide students into research careers and a brighter future. The project partners will establish and promote interest and engagement in bio-medical research among students attending tribal colleges. The project will establish a networked community of faculty and students involved in activities that develop students’ academic and research-specific skills and promote an understanding of what is required to be a successful researcher. Most important, the project will reinforce in students the confidence in their ability to pursue a successful career research.


Calendar of Events: (coming soon)

Mentor Network

Mentoring Program for TCU Students: Brochure
How to become a mentor: Mentor Information Form
How to connect with a mentor: TCU Student Mentee Information Form
Mentoring Program: Guide for Mentors

Aseto'ne Webinar Series

The Aseto'ne Network Project Webinar Series is for TCU students who want to learn more about various topics related to biomedical and health research, academic programs and careers. We are pleased to provide previous webinars to be utilized by TCU students, faculty and staff as an educational and/or informational resource. The webinars will be available for a limited time on this page. Any questions can be directed to Project Coordinator Darryl Monteau.

NEW Webinar: Sacred Wisdom: A Psychosocial Approach to Research in the Health Sciences featuring Dr. Tommy K. Begay—September 5, 2018, at 2:00 PM MST.

PREVIOUS Webinars:

January 2018

Environmental Issues of Coal and Economic Development for the Northern Cheyenne and Other Tribal Nations
Corey Welch, PhD, discusses his research on environmental issues impacting his tribal community, the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana. He also shares insights and what more can be done to assist communities who may be experiencing similar issues.

February 2018

Pathway to the PhD: From Academics to Health Research to Professional Career
Anitra Warrior, PhD, shares her academic journey from attending a TCU and completing her doctoral degree. She also discusses her dissertation and research.

March 2018

Insights into Graduate School Success and the Brain-Specific Scaffold Protein SH2B1 and its Rare Obesity-Associated Variants
Dr. Ray Joe, Navajo, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. In his presentation, Dr. Joe shares his academic journey and the research he conducted for his Masters thesis.

The AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute

The AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute was a 10-day personal development and research experience program experience hosted by UNMC and focused on encouraging students to consider and pursue a professional career in a biomedical field.

The Institute recruited TCU students interested in health research and professions. TCU students learned about opportunities and experiences available to them in the area of health research.
AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute Program
AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute Participant Guide


  • Carrie Billy, Co-Principle Investigator/President & CEO, AIHEC
  • Dr. Maurice Godfrey, Co-Principle Investigator, UNMC
  • Dr. Deborah His Horse Is Thunder, Project Director, AIHEC
  • Darryl Monteau, Project Coordinator, AIHEC
  • Dr. Joseph Evans, Director of Psychology, UNMC
  • Dr. Kathleen Hanna, Professor, College of Nursing, Indiana University
  • Dr. Brett Kuhn, Director, Behavioral Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program, Children’s Sleep Disorder Center, UNMC
  • Dr. Athena Ramos, Community Health Program Manager, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UNMC
  • Dr. Lani Zimmerman, Professor, College of Nursing, UNMC

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Billie Jo Kipp, President, California Tribal College
  • Dr. Priscilla Sanderson, Associate Professor, PI, Center for American Indian Resilience, Northern Arizona University
  • Dr. Mark Bauer, Faculty, Summer Research Enrichment Program, Diné College
  • Dr. Francine Gachupin, Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, Cancer Disparities Institute, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Jennie Joe, Professor (Retired), Director, Native American Research and Training Center, University of Arizona

Contact Information

121 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Deborah His Horse is Thunder, Project Director
Darryl Monteau, Project Coordinator