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Success Stories

  • 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.
  • Quinn
    Quinn is deeply involved in her reservation community on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, with a large extended and immediate family rooted there. She lives on 11 acres of land with her parents and five siblings, which is also inhabited by a variety of animals. In addition to her connection to the land and its creatures, Quinn is involved in traditional aspects of her culture, including making traditional bead work and traditional clothing for her family
  • 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
  • Russell
    St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
    Russell has earned a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from Minot State University, a master’s degree in management from the University of Mary, and began his journey at UTTC. (He later earned his Ph.D. through the Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement (Doctoral) Fellowship). He credits his tribal leaders, family and friends for their support as he made a geographical change in his life to be among other Indian people.
  • 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."
  • Salome
    Salome (Tlingit) was separated from her mother at a young age. Her father was destitute, and she grew up homeless. Despite her uprootedness, Salome says she has always had an inquisitive nature, and entered the Institute of American Indian Arts to seek stability through education, despite not having graduated from high school. She earned high academic honors, and graduated with an associate's degree.
  • 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.