Stone Child Student’s Writing RecognizedAug 15th, 2001 | By tcj | Category: 13-1: Honoring Our Students & Alumni, Tribal College News
Glenda Eagleman-Wells is studying office technology at Stone Child College in northern Montana, and she had planned to continue specializing in computer science for her bachelor’s degree. However, she is reconsidering her career goals now that her writing talents have been recognized in two national competitions. Last spring she was invited to attend the American Indian Journalism Institute sponsored by the University of South Dakota and the Freedom Forum. The National Book Foundation also invited her to attend their writing camp.
Eagleman-Wells met award-winning novelist Janet Peery during a visit to the tribal college. Eagleman-Wells wrote a haiku about one of her three children. “To my surprise, Janet went crazy about it. She told me that I had all this writing talent,” she said. Peery’s visit was made possible by the National Book Foundation’s American Voices Program, which sends authors to visit Native American reservations throughout the United States to encourage Native people to tell their own stories.
The camp was a natural next step for young writers. Eagleman-Wells and the 47 other students spent nine days working with authors and people from the publishing industry. Five or six tribal college students have participated in camps in the past. The Seventh Generation Fund in Arcada, CA, helps pay the costs for Native students.
The first annual Freedom Forum journalism institute took place June 3-29. American Indian students learned the basics of journalism. Out of more than 100 applications, 41 were selected from 22 different tribes. Eight of those, including Eagleman-Wells, were from tribal colleges. Students who successfully completed the program received six semester hours of college credit from the University of South Dakota and a scholarship/stipend.
Glenda Eagleman-Wells credits her instructors, Marilee Russell and Matt Herman, with inspiring writers at the tribal college. She said, “I am honored to represent the Eagleman family, Stone Child College, and the Chippewa Cree Tribe. I will never forget who I am or where I came from.” For more information about the National Book Foundation, see their website at . For information about the journalism institute, see <www.freedomforum.org>.