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Stephen Printup
Stephen Printup

By joining the military, I was able to travel abroad to a country that has less opportunity in higher education, than we do here in the US. Luckily, I was able to help bring a school in Afghanistan a couple thousand dollars worth of toys, gifts, and school supplies, which made me feel great.

Stephen Printup
Comanche
Senior- History Major, Indigenous Nation Studies

What is your story?
I was born in Buffalo, New York and have lived in Arizona and Minnesota, before finally moving to Portland, OR in 2002. I went to high school in Minnesota then transferred to Cleveland H.S., here in Portland. I went to Portland Community College for a couple of years then I transferred to Portland State University to play hockey, a sport that I have played since I was 4 years old.

What drew you to PSU?
PSU was starting a club hockey team and I wanted to be involved. My mom always told me “You should go to Portland State. They have a really good Native Center," so the new hockey club was just icing on the cake.

How are you involved with NASCC and the community?
My schedule is pretty chaotic and I have to manage my time, in order to keep my grades up while being involved in all my extracurricular activities (such as Healing Feathers, UISHE, hockey and the National Guard). When I deployed to Afghanistan, I had to put school on hold but managed to return in 2011.
The Native American Student Community Center has been a irreplaceable source of support because there are always people here to visit. People that I know are pursuing a common goal, graduation. I come here for meetings; I come here to study; I come here, sometimes, just to take a break because it’s easy to talk to someone. There is not another place on campus where I feel as welcome as I do at the NASCC.

How are you paying for school?
The Army pays for the majority of my school, but I have taken out student loans and my family has helped me out.

What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to go to law school to study Federal Indian Law and be an asset to my tribal community.