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Meet Kia Timber

Kia Timber (Northern Cheyenne) is pursuing an associate’s degree in science at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Mont. where she is the student body president. Kia discovered a talent for mathematics and science in high school but she is also enrolled in language courses at the tribal college. “I was raised in a traditional Northern Cheyenne household, and both of my parents grew up with traditional Cheyenne values and customs,” said Kia, who also serves as a language tutor. Kia plans to continue her studies at a four-year university and is considering a career in engineering or education.


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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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Tribal Leaders Charity Slot Tournament raises $13,000 for Spirit of Sovereignty

April 17, 2017

Native American students and youth were the real winners April 13 as participants in the Tribal Leaders Charity Slot Tournament in San Diego raised $13,000 for the Spirit of Sovereignty. National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernest Stevens, Jr. hosted the event during the 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in partnership with NIGA associate member Everi. The top three finishers were able to donate $8,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively to their choice of tribal college or reservation-based program serving Native youth.

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Upcoming Event - 05/31/2017

May is graduation month for many Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship recipients

May is an important month for Native American students at 37 tribal colleges, as new graduates receive their diplomas at commencement ceremonies across Indian Country. Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship recipient Kia Timber is among those expected to graduate this spring from Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Mont., where she is student body president. Kia is pursuing an associate’s degree in science.

Congratulations to all of the Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship recipients, and thank you to the many generous supporters who make it possible for American Indian students to achieve their dreams of higher education. Visit the Success Stories page to learn about Kia and other Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship recipients.

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