Embrey Family Recognizes 20 American Indian Women

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-3: Food Sovereignty, Spring 2011, Tribal College News

In October 2010, the Embrey Family Foundation awarded the American Indian College Fund a $1 million grant over a four-year period for a Native women’s leadership program.

This project provides 20 scholarships and leadership training for American Indian women pursuing their bachelor’s degrees. As part of the leadership training, participants attend annual retreats to develop skills and gain networking opportunities. Participants also attend culturally relevant programs to help formulate their personal leadership development plans, which will take root in their Native communities and evolve as they progress toward employment opportunities and advanced degree programs.

Twenty women were chosen from six tribal colleges to participate in the program, including: Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, ND); College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI); Fort Belknap College (Harlem, MT); Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA); Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND); and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM). These colleges were identified because of the strength of their women leaders, for the diversity of the academic programs they offer, and for the regions they represent.

Scholars chosen for the program include: Debra Bob (Tulalip) undecided major, Northwest Indian College; Melinda Cook (Menominee) elementary education major, College of Menominee Nation; Jalisa Marie Cruz (Standing Rock Sioux) human services major, Sitting Bull College; Dacia Dauphinais (Blackfeet), Indian studies major, Cankdeska Cikana Community College; Deanna Diaz (Seneca) liberal arts/natural resources major, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Christina Flansburg (Gros Ventre) allied health major, Fort Belknap College; Lorissa Garcia (Acoma Pueblo) business major, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Shallee Graff (Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe) education major, Northwest Indian College; Charlene Lee Healy (Assiniboine) allied health major, Fort Belknap College; Kourtenay Iron Cloud (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) business administration major, Sitting Bull College; Jennifer Cordova-James (Tlingit) business administration/art major, Northwest Indian College; Vera Anne Julius (Lummi) business major, Northwest Indian College; Brandi King (Assiniboine) psychology major, Fort Belknap College; Jessica Longknife (San Carlos Apache) allied health major, Fort Belknap College; Janet Ladd (Navajo) elementary education major, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Lois Leben (Spirit Lake Dakota) elementary education major, Cankdeska Cikana Community College; Audra Stonefish (Oneida) environmental science major, Sitting Bull College; Lindsay Walking Eagle (Spirit Lake Dakota) nursing major, Cankdeska Cikana Community College; Melissa Wilber (Menominee) human services major, College of Menominee Nation; and Terri Ann Zhuckkahosee (Menominee) business major, College of Menominee Nation.

Based in Dallas, TX, the Embrey Family Foundation was established by J. Lindsay Embrey, who believed that education helps people increase their ability to be economically self-sufficient and prosperous.

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