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Makueeyapee (translated as “Old Man Wolf”) is a sophomore at Blackfeet Community College on the Blackfeet Reservation, where he is majoring in Blackfeet Studies and minoring in Blackfeet language.
A father of three, Makueeyapee is driven to excel while preserving his culture and language as a Blackfeet Studies major and Blackfeet Language minor. He boasts a 4.0 grade point average, was recognized for his outstanding academic performance and dedication in composition class, and holds a Toastmasters certificate for speech and leadership communication. This year Makueeyapee plans to compete in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference speech competition.
Makueeyapee has started a drum group at college and is also an active participant in the Indian club.
Makueeyapee’s education and career goals are to graduate from Blackfeet Community College with an associate’s degree of arts degree in Blackfeet Studies and Blackfeet Language, and continue his education in Native American Studies to earn a Ph.D.
Makueeyapee says his American Indian College Fund scholarship helps defray the cost of his education while paying for child care, living expenses, and transportation while he is studying as a full-time student. “I would like to thank the donor to let them know how much this means to me. I want to make my way to the top and I couldn't do it without you,” he says.