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Fund Announces Tribal College President and 33 Tribal College Students of the Year

April 20, 2011

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The American Indian College Fund honored 33 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2010-11 Student of the Year reception at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Students of the Year each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Colorado-based Castle Rock Foundation.

American Indian College Fund President and CEO Richard B. Williams also presented Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska University and one of the founders of the tribal college movement, with the Tribal College President Award for his contributions to American Indian education during his career. Bordeaux also received a $1,000 award.

Bordeaux recounted his journey from the University of Minnesota, where he was all but dissertation in his Ph.D. studies, to return to his people in Mission, South Dakota, at the request of a tribal elder to help start the Rosebud Sioux nation’s tribal college. After accepting his award, Bordeaux said, “The education system we have is not ours [the presidents’, faculties’, and staffs’]. It is yours…it comes from you…We’re all here today in redefining and rebuilding tribal nations.”

Students of the year for each tribal college and university are as follows:

Tamara Munz, Bay Mills Community College
Brendon Gobert, Blackfeet Community College
DeShawn Lawrence, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Wayne Roundstone, Chief Dull Knife College
Cherie Thunder, College of Menominee Nation
Terra Harvey, Diné College
Shirley Blacketter, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Jesse Brockie, Fort Belknap College
Sarah Cavanaugh, Fort Berthold Community College
Karri Charette, Fort Peck Community College
Ordell Joe, Haskell Indian Nations University
Joseph Pikok, Ilisagvik College
Shannah Serawop, Institute of American Indian Arts
Raymond Cadreaus, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Acacia Fawn Crow, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Dan Jourdain, Leech Lake Tribal College
Edison Jefferson, Little Big Horn College
Brandon LaMere, Little Priest Tribal College
Jamie Henio, Navajo Technical College
Isreal Harlan, Nebraska Indian Community College
Rita Asgeirsson, Northwest Indian College
Wanda Fields, Oglala Lakota College
Brenda Walker, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Urban Bear Don’t Walk, Salish Kootenai College
Travis Jansen, Sinte Gleska University
Brendon Barker, Sisseton Wahpeton College
Harriet Blackhoop, Sitting Bull College
Calvin Silas, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Nich’e Herrera, Stone Child College
Iris Francisco, Tohono O’odham Community College
Erin Trottier, Turtle Mountain Community College
Bobby Crow Feather, United Tribes Technical College
Kyla Van Pelt, White Earth Tribal and Community College
 



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