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  • Marilyn
    Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
    Family Matters: Mother and Daughter Reflection on College, Success
  • Melinda
    San Carlos Apache
    Insects are not high on many people's list of loves, but Melinda happens to love them. She graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas and earned a master's degree from Purdue University. A member of the San Carlos Apache tribe from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Melinda says what really “bugs” her is that if it was not for the American Indian College Fund, she would have been unable to complete her education studying the creatures that give most of us the shivers.
  • Mono
    Mono is an engineering student who will integrate technology and health to improve his community.
  • Nora
    Sicangu Lakota
    Nora Antoine, a Ph.D. Leadership and Change student at Antioch University and a 2013 Mellon Faculty Enhancement Doctoral fellow, has upcoming dissertation work focused on engagement of full-time faculty to explore professional relationships among TCU faculty.
  • Patricia
    Patricia (Navajo) is a student that gives her community a reason to smile—literally. As a dental hygiene major, Patricia plans to work on her reservation to help reduce high rates of oral decay and disease.
  • Robert
    Robert knew he had to turn his life around. Graduating from Little Big Horn College made it possible for him to help himself and others in his tribe as a licensed addition counselor. Robert works in Crow Agency, Montana, where he incorporates his own experiences with alcoholism and his education and training at his job in the wellness center there to help others fight the disease that plagues many Indian communities
  • Sabrena
    White Mountain Apache
    Sabrena has strong feelings about the importance of education. “Education is the key. I see poverty and debt casting a shadow over my tribe,” she said. “I want to become an accountant so that one day I can be the treasurer of my tribe."
  • Savanna
    Savanna (Crow) was raised in the traditional way amongst her people. Crow is her first language, and she keeps her culture alive by participating in the ceremonies of her tribe, including hand games and dancing in the traditional Crow style.
  • Shera
    Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
    Shera is a first-generation college student. As a young woman in high school, she showed academic and civic promise. She was involved with the Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she volunteered at the summer youth camp at her church as a mentor.
  • Sherry
    Yupik Eskimo
    They say every journey gives birth to another. Sherry (Yupik Eskimo) had the pleasure of seeing the fulfillment of her journey, culminating in graduating from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas magna cum laude (3.97 GPA) with a degree in business administration.