NIEA and NCAI Choose 3 TCU Students as Leaders

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Tribal College News

From left: Crystal J. Carr, Miss NIEA Ambassador 2006-07, Dine College student body president; Tiffany Stuard, NIEA Student Board Member, 2006-07, Haskell education graduate; and Patricia Carter, NCAI Ambassador 2006-07, Northwest Indian College Native studies student. Photo credits: Carr and Stuart, National Indian Education Association; Carter, National Congress of American Indians

At their annual conventions in fall 2006, both the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) named tribal college and university (TCU) students to posts of national leadership.

At the NIEA convention in Anchorage, AK, students from Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ) and from Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU, Lawrence, KS) were selected to represent the organization.

Crystal J. Carr (Navajo) was crowned the first Miss NIEA Ambassador for the organization, but representing Indian education from a student perspective is not new to her. She is also student body president at DC and the Southwest regional representative to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s Student Congress.

The sophomore majors in mathematics, physics, and Navajo Studies. She also plays basketball for the college, enjoys creative writing, and aspires to earn a Ph.D., which she hopes to use to teach secondary mathematics.

Tiffany Stuart (Confederated Tribes of Stiletz of Oregon) was named a NIEA student board member. Stuart has been a student leader at HINU for 3 years. While being a leader for many groups, she has maintained a GPA of 3.6 and graduated with an Associate’s of Arts in Para Educator Elementary Education. She has experience using Robert’s Rules of Order while serving as president of several HINU student organizations.

Patricia Carter (Nez Perce) was selected to be the female ambassador for NCAI after a 3-day competition in Sacramento, CA. She is a sophomore majoring in Native American Studies at Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA). Carter hopes to pursue further studies in anthropology and business administration.  She works at the Nez Perce tribe’s Clearwater Casino and also in a local children’s home.

According to a story in Native Youth Magazine, Carter is honored and privileged “to serve Native America and looks forward to being an instrument of transformation and progression for Native youth…With this newly created Ambassador Leadership program [she hopes to] enable other youth to take action against issues posing threats in their communities and model [collaborative] solutions for those problems … creating a revolution in our communities.”

For more information, visit NIEA at and NCAI at .

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