AIHEC Student Leaders Selected at Conference

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 21-1: Celebrating Tribal College Journal's 20th Anniversary, Tribal College News


MS. AIHEC 2009. Jenna Skunkcap (Blackfeet) of UTTC, left, was selected to represent AIHEC in 2009-10. (Photo by Rachael Marchbanks) SHE RULES. Allison Steinmeyer (Comanche) of Comanche National College traded in last year's Ms. AIHEC title and crown to become the new president of the AIHEC Student Congress. Photo by Patty Talahongva

The tribal colleges in Montana hosted the 28th Annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference in March 2009 in Missoula, MT. Students competed in a host of competitions during the conference including the annual Knowledge Bowl, Business Bowl, Science Bowl, and Art Contest.

The annual Mr. and Ms. AIHEC competition produced two student ambassadors: Jenna Skunkcap (Blackfeet) of United Tribes Technical College and Anthony Sylvester Valella (Hidatsa, Mandan, Arikara) of Oglala Lakota College. The students were selected based on their academic records, cultural involvement, personal vision, and community service.

The AIHEC Student Congress (ASC) elected officers and regional representatives to serve through March 2010. They are: President Allison Steinmeyer, Comanche Nation College; Vice President Sean Soukkala, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College; Treasurer Blue Tarpalechee, Institute of American Indian Arts; Secretary Valerie Collins, Institute of American Indian Arts; Historian LaVinia Snowball, Little Priest Tribal College; Sergeant-at-Arms Nicholas Begay, Institute of American Indian Arts; Great Lakes Representative Lynda Morrison, Leech Lake Tribal College; Southwest Representative Kylie Roanhorse, Institute of American Indian Arts; Midwest Representative Nathan Dunn; United Tribes Technical College; and Mountain/ Pacific Representative Regina Wilson- Johnny, Northwest Indian College.

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