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  • Dominic
    Tribal College and Scholarship Alumni Comes Full Circle
  • Dr. Harriett Skye
    Dr. Harriett Skye
    Lakota, Standing Rock
    Dr. Harriett Skye (Lakota, Standing Rock) achieved a lot in her lifetime before retiring from United Tribes Technical College. In addition to her many accomplishments, she earned a Ph.D. in ethnic studies (emphasis on Native American Studies) and directed a documentary film, “The Right to Be,” an autobiographical story about her journey as an American Indian woman on the pathway of self-awareness and higher education. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.
  • Dwight
    When Dwight was spending time as a young boy with his grandmother, he was set on a path that would lead him right to his future. He just didn’t know it at the time. Dwight grew up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, in a place he says was so small that it is not down on any map. Sage and uninterrupted stretches of red rock mark this part of the desert southwest known for its remoteness and beauty.
  • Erika
    Erika is an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree tribe in Rocky Boy, Montana who grew up caring for a younger brother and sister while her mother worked. “My mom, siblings, and I moved around a lot because my mom was constantly looking for employment,” she says. “It was very hard for us financially and there was only enough money to pay for basic necessities such as rent, food, and utilities… Some months we had to depend on my grandparents to help us out.”
  • Harriet
    Standing Rock Sioux
    Harriet, a single mother, has juggled raising her children with her studies, work, and extra-curricular activities. In addition to maintaining a 3.4 in her rigorous and research-intensive coursework, Harriet is very active within her tribal college and local community. She is a member of The Wildlife Society, serves as the vice-president of the SBC Ecology Club, and as secretary for the SBC’s American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Congress.
  • Iris
    Tohono O'odham
    Iris, a science major at Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) in Sells, Arizona, says she was driven to attend college and earn a degree because she feels her purpose is to serve her community. She wants to lead her people into a lifestyle that embraces balance and knowledge.
  • Jeff
    American Indian College Fund scholar Jeff (Lummi) is working as an intern this summer with the Lummi tribe’s natural resources department. In June 2010 Jeff completed his associate’s degree in applied science at Northwest Indian College’s main campus. He’s currently a year and a half away from attaining his bachelor’s degree in environmental science. James hopes to use his knowledge and degree to pursue graduate work, and is considering both law and marine biology.
  • Joanne
    First Intern Placed in New IAIA Business Certificate Program
  • Joaquin
    Jicarilla Apache/ Pueblo of Santa Ana
    Joaquin's mission is to bring awareness to the non-Native population on how they approach American Indian health. On the fast track to become a dentist, he says it is important to increase the number of Native health professionals and Native health researchers.
  • Joel
    New MBA Joel Smith (Caddo) Pays Success Forward