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Meet Charity Valentin (Lac Courte Oreilles)

Charity Valentin graduated from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Wisconsin with an Associate’s Degree in Science and is now pursuing her dental hygiene degree. She is one of four tribal college students featured in our new video sharing how the Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship has impacted their lives. Meet Charity, James White, Jr., Lindsay Dillon and Adele White, four exceptional students who are pursuing their dreams of higher education. Charity and her classmates are grateful for the many generous individuals who continue to support the Spirit of Sovereignty.

“I would like to thank the donors for making these scholarships possible. Thank you for recognizing young Native Americans who are achieving their goals, achieving academically, achieving in their communities and making it possible for them to further their education… It is such a good feeling knowing that people you don’t even know want you to succeed and are rooting for you.”

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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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2nd annual SOS charity slot tournament raises $15,000 for Native youth

Samantha Urban, CEO of Urban Translations, may have been the official champion of the Second Annual Charity Slot Tournament to benefit the Spirit of Sovereignty, but the ultimate winners are the deserving Native American students who will receive tribal college scholarships as a result. The event was held April 20 during the 2018 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Las Vegas. It was hosted by National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. and his special guest, former NBA All-Star A.C. Green in partnership with NIGA associate member Everi. Urban designated her $6,000 in winnings for scholarships. Second-place finisher Joe Whitman from the Soboba Band of San Luiseno Indians donated his $5,000 winnings to serve Native youth in Southern California. Third-place winner Cris Stainbrook of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, donated $3,000 to support a lacrosse program for Native youth in South Dakota.

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