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Meet Carrie White Antelope

Carrie White Antelope (Northern Arapaho) is the first member of her family to earn a college degree, graduating from Wind River Tribal College in Wyoming with an Associate of Arts in Native American Studies. “The impetus behind Carrie’s pursuit of higher education is her work at Head Start, a federal program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families. There she encourages families to continue their education by providing them with the resources they need to enter college. “I found that I had no power in my words,” she explained. “Getting my degree has helped me learn our language, our culture, and to better understand my identity, while also giving me the power behind my words of advice to other families.”

 

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Education is the greatest need

In Indian Country, far too many intelligent, ambitious young people can only dream about going to college and there are countless obstacles that stand in the way of a college degree. For many, the most significant barrier is money as they struggle to meet life’s most basic needs. You can help bring down those barriers!

Scholarships make it possible

When Indian students have access to quality education and real-world job training in a culturally relevant environment, they can go far in life. Very far. The Spirit of Sovereignty makes higher education a reality for students at 37 tribal colleges where they can earn scholarships tailored to their specific needs. Funds may be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, housing, travel and childcare. With your help, hard-working young men and women can pursue their dreams of a brighter future.

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Spirit of Sovereignty supports summer camp for Soboba families

Funds raised at the Spirit of Sovereignty Tribal Leaders Charity Slot Tournament in April were put to good use in Southern California this summer at the third annual Native Youth Gathering summer camp. More than 80 kids attended, including 18 from the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Summer Youth Academy, which was supported by tournament proceeds. The event was open to students ages 12 to 19, and was coordinated by the Tribal Education Alliance. The kids participated in a variety of fun activities while learning about their culture. The Tribal Leaders Charity Slot Tournament Raised $13,000 in 2017.

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