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Bachelor of Science, majoring in Liberal Studies - Graduated, June 2012
Currently enrolled in Lewis & Clark College's Law School
Chair of the Native American Student & Community Center's Alumni Group of the PSU Alumni Association
2013-2014 Lewis & Clark Chapter of Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), Vice President
Siyo! My name is Stevie, I am Cherokee and have lived in Oregon for 22 years now. I am graduating with a B.S. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Indigenous Nations Studies. I will be attending Lewis and Clark Law School in August of 2012 pursuing a degree in Indian Law programs.
While at PSU I have greatly enjoyed and appreciated my time at the NASCC: I have been a NASCC work-study student, I have been an active member In UISHE and have been a Chinuk Wawa language teacher maker. There are so many events that have happened this year, many of which I have been lucky enough to attend and learn from.
There are so many people that I need to thank for their unyielding support and guidance, I am not quite sure where to start.
First of all I want to thank my parents, grandparents and all the rest of my family for raising me to be the woman I am today. I have built my values and beliefs through the examples of these wonderful people in my life. I would specifically like to thank my mother, she has supported me every second of my life and will always be my best friend and my biggest fan. I love you mom and dad.
I also want to acknowledge and thank the PSU staff and faculty. All of you provided so much support and guidance and always have had words of wisdom for me, and for all the other students as well. Thank you for being role models for which we can all look up to.
Lastly I want to thank all the friends who have helped me through this year. The last year has involved more highs and lows, achievements and opportunities for growth than I could ever have imagined. To all my friends, thank you for always being there.
Good Luck to all the graduating students! I wish you all well on your upcoming adventures!
Hayu-Masi pus chaku!
What drew you to PSU?
I come from rural southern Oregon and I wanted a more diverse educational experience than the other Oregon University System schools could offer.
How has the NASCC helped you?
Portland was a total culture shock. I had never even seen a parking meter and wasn't sure how to navigate the system. Then Dean Azule, the Native American Student Services Coordinator told me to check out the Center. I went to the PSU Pow Wow, started connecting with people, helped with the salmon bake, and eventually they told me “you’re here more than anyone!”
How are you paying for school?
The economy is scary, but I am a first-generation college student. I received some scholarships, but financed my education primarily through loans.
What else are you doing?
I’m involved with a Chinuk Wawa Social Club. We use “Where Are Your Keys?” teaching methodology. I am really interested in revitalization of native languages and cultures.