July 2018 Graduate

Vernon MillerVernon Miller

Home Town: Macy, Neb.
Tribe: Omaha Tribe of Nebraska & Iowa
Scholarship: Fellowship
School: Kansas State University
Major: Counseling and Student Development
GPA: 3.857

Vernon Miller is a member of the Thunder Clan from the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska & Iowa. Currently, Miller is pursuing his M.S. in Counseling & Student Development and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction within the College of Education at Kansas State University. In addition, he recently served as President of the Omaha Nation Public Schools Board of Education on the Omaha Indian Reservation.

This summer, Miller was selected to participate in an ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers International) internship as a Head Resident of a residential hall in the Summer College at Cornell University. The ACUHO-I Housing Internship Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive internship opportunities available in student affairs. The program provides students invaluable real-world work experience that can be applied to their current coursework.

In 2016, Miller recently completed a 3-year term where he was elected to the Omaha Tribal Council in November 2013, In November 2014, Miller was elected as the Tribal Chairman of the Omaha Tribe, where he was a member of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board.  Miller concurrently advised the Obama Administration while serving on the Tribal Interior Budget Council for the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Tribal Technical Advisory Council, the National Institutes of Health Tribal Consultation Advisory Council, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. In addition, Miller sat on the Executive Board of the National Congress of American Indians.

Miller is also a National Racial Equity & Healing Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an Americans for Indian Opportunity 2010-2011 Ambassador, and a 2016 Fellow with the New Leader’s Council: Omaha Chapter.