Aanchtaakia Fellowship Recipients

April Hester

2021: April Hester

April Hester is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She was born in Norman, Oklahoma and moved to Ohio with her immediate family in her youth. She has spent much of her life living in Cincinnati, Ohio where she now resides with her husband Matt and their daughter Adalyn.

April has always had a passion for preserving and honoring Native American culture and heritage. This led her to earn her BA in Anthropology and minor in Native American Studies from Northern Kentucky University in 2020. While in her undergraduate at NKU, she founded the Native American Student Association. She also served as the Education Coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition providing resources and facilitating educator training programs for Ohio educators. April provides consultations for educational institutions in Cincinnati as a local Native representative and looks forward to earning her M.A. in Transformative Education at Miami University and beginning work as the Aanchtaakia graduate fellow in Fall 2021.