DENVER – The Colorado Indian Education Foundation awarded 10 Native scholars $1,000 each in a ceremony at which Gov. Bill Ritter proclaimed Native American Heritage Month and additional scholarships were announced.
The governor recognized the scholarship recipients and the state’s oldest residents, the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes, as well as other tribal nations, Alaska Native residents, and the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, which serves as the state’s liaison with the Utes and wider Indian community.
CIEF was among seven organizations that donated a total of 21 awards of $1,000 each in the event conducted Nov. 5 by the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Anthony Pino Nicholson, Navajo, Colorado State University, received scholarships from both the CIEF and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Native American Science Program.
Other CIEF recipients and the institutions they attend are Derek Brown, Navajo, Art Institute of Colorado; Amanda Campbell, Gambell/Yupik, Anschutz School of Dental Medicine; Daniel Cordalis, Navajo, University of Colorado-Boulder; Raymond Foxworth, Navajo, University of Colorado-Boulder; Crystal Loudhawk-Hedgepeth, Navajo, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Corey McIntosh, Choctaw, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Kyle McIntosh, Choctaw, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Maxine Tabaha, Navajo, University of Northern Colorado; and Ida Williams, Flandreau Santee Sioux, University of Colorado-Denver.
Other DMNS Native American Science Program recipients are Matt Calhoun, Athabascan, University of Colorado-Boulder; Jonathan Credo, Navajo, Coconino High School, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Roxanne Harmon, Cherokee, Sequoyah High School, Muskogee, Okla.; and Sheryl Wassillie, Alaskan Native-Igiugig Village, Fort Lewis College, Durango.
Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado scholarship recipients are Jaclynn Burch, Navajo, Adams State College, Alamosa, Colo., and Mannalle Ahmed El-Senussi, Navajo, Fort Lewis College, Durango.
A scholarship provided by Holly Arnold Kinney, executive director of the Tesoro Foundation, was awarded to Niabi-Tavi Hart, Sac and Fox, University of Colorado-Denver, and an award conferred by Rick Williams, president of the American Indian College Fund, was received by Sarah Hernandez, Rosebud Sioux, University of Colorado-Boulder.
Tocabe Restaurant awarded a scholarship to Whitney Fredericks, Hidatsa, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, and the University of Colorado-Denver provided an award to Charles Pankey, Sicangu Lakota.
CIEF is a nonprofit that provides scholarships for Native students to promote greater awareness of Colorado’s American Indians and their culture by those “who understand the need for resources to help Native students on their journey.”