Chief Dull Knife College
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.
As a high school student, Quinn attended St. Labre Indian Catholic School 20 miles away from home. She loved learning, and was named as an honor student who ranked sixth in her graduating class of 25 students. Quinn did so well academically that she also attended night classes at Chief Dull Knife College during the last two years of high school. In high school she enjoyed participating in extra-curricular activities including Indian Club and the Business Professionals of America. She also managed the volleyball team for two years.
Quinn’s achievements are remarkable because of a medical issue that set her back. When she was 12 years old she had surgery on her hip, and was home-schooled for two months, which caused her to fall behind in her school work. “I managed to pass to the next grade after I got back into the school system,” she says. The tenacity that got her through that time was apparent in other areas. Quinn wanted to travel to Europe with a program called People to People, which required her to raise $6,000. Coming from a large family, she says it was difficult for her parents to send her based on their income, so she raised funds throughout the year with the help of her mother. “I managed to raise all the money I needed with the help of the community and my family” Quinn says.
Even after Quinn’s father died, she remained undeterred about moving towards achieving her goals. “I never let anything stop me from doing the best I can. I am now the youngest out of my siblings who will graduate from college,” she says.
Quinn plans to earn a bachelor’s degree and is interested in law enforcement as a profession.
“My scholarship from the American Indian College Fund helped me pay off my school bill from the last few semesters while I was attending college while still in high school. Because I was in high school I was not eligible for any sort of financial aid. This assistance helped me get me closer to my next goal. Since I took classes while I was still in high school, I was able to graduate from Chief Dull Knife College in the spring of 2012. I was 18 years old when I earned my associate’s degree,” Quinn says. “I would like to say thank you so much for everything you have given me. I am one step closer to becoming the person I want to be because of you.”