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Elementary Education, United Tribes Technical College

Rolenthea’s family saw an advertisement for United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) and encouraged her to find out more. She had been planning to attend Arizona State University, but was attracted by the fact that a tribal college offered the education she wanted.

Rolenthea tells of arriving on campus and finding a community where everyone was generous and respectful of her traditions and language.

Rolenthea excelled at UTTC. She was elected president of the Student North Dakota Education Association. She was the first Native American student to hold this office, and the first UTTC student. In her role she represented the student teachers of North Dakota on a national level, attending conferences and leading community service initiatives.

Rolenthea and other UTTC education students are actively participating in the Outreach to Teach Program. They travel to under-resourced schools to help with renovations and maintenance.

Rolenthea plans to return to the Navajo Reservation and teach elementary school after she completes her bachelor's degree. Her professional goal is to promote the importance of education to the students she serves. She hopes to one day earn her master’s degree.