Savannah Baber is the Coordinator for Virginia Indian Programs at Virginia Humanities, liaising with tribal nations throughout the state to identify creative opportunities for collaboration and support with Virginia Humanities. Savannah descends from both the Chickahominy Tribe of Virginia and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and has spent much of her life traveling up and down I-95 between the two communities.
Savannah is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds the distinction of being the institution’s first nationally-recognized Udall Scholar for her undergraduate academic accomplishments in the field of tribal public policy. As a student, she completed policy internships with the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Upon her graduation, Savannah stuck around Wake Forest as the Assistant Director of the Intercultural Center where she helped institute the university’s indigenous land acknowledgment and designed extracurricular programs that encouraged further learning about indigenous peoples, communities, and politics.
Savannah is passionate about tribal governance, nation-building, and indigenous futures, and she loves having the opportunity to pursue that work on her ancestors’ homelands.