“Thank you for coordinating with me and the Native American Community Academy (NACA).  Our students gained so much knowledge and are better prepared for the next steps.  We are always happy to be a part of college readiness!  Thank you for all that you do to get indigenous students to college.”

Jessica Becenti

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June 2018 Graduate

Darrah Blackwater

Home Town: Farmington, NM
Tribe: Navajo
Scholarship: AIGC Fellowship
School: University of Arizona
Program: Law
GPA: 3.5

I am from Farmington, NM and I am currently in my first year of law school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I am pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree with an emphasis on tribal law. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I then moved to New Braunfels, TX, where I worked as a tennis professional. In 2014 I went to Zhongshan, China for a tennis professional job. There, I found New Day Foster Home for children with disabilities. After five months of living in China, I decided to walk from Zhongshan to Beijing- a 1,400 mile journey- in order to raise money for New Day Foster Home. I walked with another woman, Ann, who also had a heart for those with disabilities. We completed our journey in June of 2015 in Tiananmen Square. After this journey I came back to America and worked on various grant-funded programs on the Navajo Reservation. I worked as a teen outreach leader, a nutrition educator, a tennis teacher, and an Americorps member. After a year in this role I moved back to Durango, Colorado to work as the administrator of a home care company that cared for senior citizens in the community. I grew a lot in this role and became inspired to apply to law school to further my education. I started my first semester of law school August, 2017. I play on the University of Arizona club tennis team, I am a research assistant for a James E. Rogers College of Law professor, and I am assisting with the planning of a Native trade conference which will take place this semester.