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Success Stories

  • Demetria Demetria
    Navajo
    A defining symbol of success for Demetria is not in the paycheck or the praise, but in the sense of accomplishment. Indeed, she has already done a lot for her family, peers, and community. "I’m doing it," she says, "and I’m trying my hardest."
  • Diana  Diana
    Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
    Diana Canku (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), president of Sisseton Wahpeton College and a 2009-10 academic year fellow in the American Indian College Fund’s Andrew W. Mellon Career Enhancement Program, successfully defended her dissertation and completed her doctorate degree.
  • Dominic  Dominic
    Navajo
    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 Dwight
    Navajo
    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.
  • Harriet 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 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.
  • Iva Iva
    Blackfeet
    Iva is a Blackfeet language major at Blackfeet Community College, an honors student, a mother of three children, and a wife who decided to realize her dream and complete a college education.
  • Jeff Jeff
    Lummi
    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 Joanne
    Taino
    First Intern Placed in New IAIA Business Certificate Program


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