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.

Submit an Application for Student of the Month


May 2019 Graduate

Justin Lund
Ganado, NM
Navajo Nation
AIGC Fellowship

University of Oklahoma
GPA  3.83


Justin donates time doing outreach teaching K-12 students about science. As part of his duties as an officer of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association at OU,

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May 2019 Undergraduate

Aubrey Skeeter
Glenpool, OK
Yuchi/Mvskoke (Creek)

Colorado College
GPA 3.4

Community Service
Delta Gamma: Service for Sight
NASU: working with D11, Colorado Springs
Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
Spiritual Life at Colorado College

Member of Duck Creek Ceremonial Ground
Glenpool Creek Indian Community
Head-cook for Mason Camp at Gray Horse and Kihecusteh



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April 2019 Graduate

Paulette Blanchard

Home Town: Norman, OK
Tribe: Absentee Shawnee/Kickapoo
Scholarship: Fellowship
College: University of Kansas
Major: Indigenous Geography
GPA: 3.78

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April 2019 Undergraduate

McKalee Steen

Home Town: Grove, OK
Tribe: Cherokee
Scholarship Program: GMS – Undergraduate
College: Vanderbilt University
Major: Earth and Environmental Science
GPA: 3.475



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March 2019 Graduate

Taymee Brandon

Home Town: Butte, Montana
Tribe: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Scholarship: GMS – Graduate
School: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Major: Environmental Engineering Master’s
GPA: 3.8

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March 2019 Undergraduate

Jon Caponetto

Home Town: Burns, Oregon
Tribe: Burns Paiute Tribe
Scholarship: GMS – Undergraduate
School: University of Oregon
Major: Music Performance
GPA: 3.58

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February 2019 Graduate

James Wagnon

Home Town: Tahlequah, OK
Tribe: Cherokee
Scholarship: GMS & SPGSF Graduate
School: Northeastern State University
Major: Health & Kinesiology
GPA: 4.0

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January 2019 Graduate

Clint Purtell

Home Town: Frisco, TX
Tribe: Oklahoma Choctaw
Scholarship: SPGSF Graduate
School: Oklahoma State University
Major: PhD
GPA: 3.86

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January 2019 Undergraduate

Amerra Webster-Yaqui

Home Town: Ronan, MT
Tribe: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Scholarship: GMS-Undergraduate
School: Dartmouth College
Major: Government, Native American Studies
GPA: 3.56

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