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  • Tammy
    United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
    Tammy, who grew up in Oklahoma, was always a good student but never thought of going to college. “Nobody in my family had even gone to college and I seriously didn’t think it was an option for me, because it was not an option for many people around me. Where I come from the idea of college was not real for me, and wasn’t until my mother made it real for me."
  • Terra
    Red Lake Band of Chippewa
    Terra, a student at Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in Minnesota, was selected as a Student Ambassador for NASA. A liberal education major with an emphasis in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math), she was recognized as one of NASA’s highest-performing interns. Terra represented NASA at education and outreach events at schools and universities to inspire other students to pursue STEM careers. Terra was the only student from a Minnesota college or university to receive this honor for 2011.
  • Terry
    Comanche Nation
    Terry (Comanche Nation), a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate in the Department of Dramatic Writing at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and American Indian College Fund Mellon Fellow, had her work brought to the stage in the Words Afire! New Works Play Festival at the University of New Mexico Center for the Arts in Albuquerque.
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    Sunny Walker-Guillory
    Standing Rock Sioux
    Sunny: From Student to Teacher