White Mountain Apache Tribe
Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund
Fort Lewis College Public Health
- Miss White Mountain Apache 2013-2014
- Miss Indian Arizona 2014-2015
- WMAT Tribal Youth Council District II Rep 2014-2015
- National Indian Health Board Youth Policy Fellow Chairwoman 2017-2018 Special Olympics Basketball 2019
- Student Advisory member of History on Fort Lewis College 2020
The core of Shasta Dazen’s existence is White Mountain Apache Tribe and she hails from the Fort Apache Indian Reservation of Whiteriver, AZ. She is the sixth born of twelve children, and is blessed with a big family who value Apache traditions. Growing up in a low -income home, she thought education was impossible and far from reach. As she overcame many adversities, Shasta is glad that she is a first- generation student currently in her senior year majoring in Public Health with a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies at Fort Lewis College.
While being a full-time student, Shasta is also a mother to two boys, a three-year-old and an eight-month-old. She had her second son at the start of my fall 2019 semester, and has been taking him with her to all her classes. Through the empowerment of motherhood, she managed to maintain a GPA above a 3.5. Her kids are her inspiration to her education. She believes pursuing a major in Public Health will engage her and be a helpful practice forum to prepare for similar life challenges within her Tribal community. Through her educational journey, the valuable knowledge of public health inspires Shasta to learn more of Tribal health issues and how vital it is to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. She has support coming from her ancestors through traditional prayers of encouragement in this mortal journey.