Deloris left her reservation to attend a technical college and earned her certification to work as a heavy equipment operator, but after returning home she could not find work in her field.
Facing unemployment, Deloris decided to enroll in college. She chose a double major of legal studies and sustainable development because she can legally protect those resources while also learning about the new technology that is being used in her tribe's forested areas.
Deloris also wants to serve as a role model in her community. She plans to work as a motivational speaker for youth and young adults in her community to promote education and the opportunities that getting an education can provide. She knows firsthand about the topic. Deloris herself chose to attend college to break the cycle of poverty in her family, while also enabling her to protect the natural resources in her tribal area.
Thanks to an American Indian College Fund scholarship funded by Times Warner, Deloris was able to do just that.