Tribe: Coeur d’ Alene and Tohono O’ Odham
Hometown: Wellpinit, WA
Degree received from WSU: Bachelor’s in Digital Technology and Culture w/minor in Fine Arts and Comparative Ethnic Studies
What did you enjoy most about being a WSU student? Being able to become friends with students from all over the world.
What activities/programs were you involved with while at WSU? The Native American Women’s Association, Ku-Ah-Mah, Natives in Media, Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center (ESFCC) student advisory board, ESFCC building attendant, Native American Student Ambassador, intramural basketball.
Did any particular WSU program make an impact in your success as a student? Native Programs not only provided me with resources, but introduced me to some of my best friends.
What was your biggest challenge to achieving your education and how did you overcome it? Being away from home for the first time was extremely difficult. However, Native Programs provided us with opportunities to go on trips, take part in cultural workshops, and cooked us homemade meals at our Community Dinners. They were my biggest support system at WSU if you can’t tell, haha.
What are your future plans? I want to work with Native communities to create documentaries by and for Indigenous people. I also want to emphasize working with youth, and help them utilize digital mediums to tell their stories.
What advice would you give a freshman? Go to the Native Center and reply to your mentors, it can change your life.