Students of the Month

AIGC will be selecting two students a month to honor and recognize their academic excellence and community engagement. Each month, the Student of the Month selection committee will choose one undergraduate student and one graduate student. The selected students will receive a certificate, a $50 prepaid debit card and the opportunity to be showcased in The American Indian Graduate magazine, on AIGC’s social media and website.

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July 2021 – Graduate

Larissa Nez Sawmill, AZNavajo Nation Special Higher Education Program Brown UniversityPublic Humanities3.78 Community Service Howard R. Swearer Engaged Faculty Award Committee Member, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University Student Advisory Committee Member, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University Student and Emerging Professionals Committee Member, The College Art Association, https://www.collegeart.org/committees/student Communications Director,

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JULY 2021 – Undergraduate

Andy Malaterre Sioux Falls, SD Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians WFU University of South Dakota Accounting 4.0 Community Service Tutor underclassmen accounting students 2 hours per week Beta Alpha Psi Food Drive – Fall 2020 Beta Alpha Psi Book Drive – Spring 2021 Short Bio Andy is the Fundraising Chair for the National Society

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JUNE 2021-GRADUATE

JACQUE KOCER Albuquerque, NM Oglala Sioux Tribe BIE – Loan for Service University of New Mexico Archaeology 3.97 Community Service I incorporated a nonprofit in January 2021 that will directly benefit our Indigenous communities. The nonprofit is an Indigenous archaeological research and training program for Native American students promoting Indigenous sovereignty over ancestral cultural and

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JUNE 2021 – UNDERGRADUATE

Matthew Holgate Navajo NationNavajo Mountain, AZ Wells Fargo UndergraduateVanguard University of Southern CaliforniaCommunication 3.629 Community ServiceI currently serve as the Vice President of Communication in the Student Government Association at VUSC. I have recently promoted and worked on planning Anti-Human Trafficking and Human Trafficking Awareness conferences and Webinars to Navajo Youth. I have served as

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MAY 2021 – GRADUATE

EMMA SUMROW Forney, TX Chickasaw Nation SPGSF – G Columbia University Architecture 3.9 Community Service Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society Community Volunteer Events (2017-2020) Texas A&M University Big Event (2018, 2019) Central Sports Volunteer, Central Church, College Station (2017-2018) Church Nursery, First Baptist Church, Forney (2012-2017) Coached 1st – 6th grade Girls Basketball + Boys

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MAY 2021 – Undergraduate

DANIELLE WATERS Wyandotte Nation Lacey, WA Direct Scholarship-Undergraduate Northwest Indian College Social/Substance Use Disorder 4.0 Community Service I volunteer at my church, Capital Christian. I help with childcare on ‘Celebrate Recovery night’; I give my time so parents that are struggling with recovery issues, on any scale, can attend for recovery and worship. I also

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APRIL 2021 – Undergraduate

Karrah Peterson Crow TribeBillings, MTAccess and DirectScholarship-Undergraduate Montana State University-BillingsBiology3.78 Community Service Assistant Basketball Coach for Billings, MT youth teams (November 2019-Currently) I had the privilege of volunteering to coach and mentor young players from the ages of 5- 18. During the summer I assisted in doing camps for children and refereed games. In the

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APRIL 2021 – GRADUATE

Shellby Branch Oklahoma City, OKMuscogee Creek NationGMS-Grad University of Colorado/BoulderHigher EducationGPA 4.0 Community Service Know Before You Go College Panelist Lobbied for TRiO programs on the Hill Gates Millennium Campus-Based Leader CU School of Education Graduate Student Panelist Gates Alumni Boulder Chapter Founder Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma New Hope Tulsa Reading Partners Short Bio

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March 2021 – Undergraduate

Emma Vernon Harrah, OK Cherokee Nation Named Undergraduate Oklahoma Baptist University Nursing 3.8 Community Service To say I am thankful is quite simply an understatement. I am blessed beyond measure. To have been able to grow up under a mother and Cherokee Indian father the whole period of my life. That brings me pride in

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March 2021- Graduate

McKeon Dempsey Oak Springs, AZ Navajo Nation Special Higher Education Program George Washington University Art Therapy Non-GPA System Community Community Service – Intern at the District of Columbia Public Schools (2020-present) – Co-facilitator for a virtual paint night at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Northern Virginia – Intern at the St. Elizabeths

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