Student Highlight May 2020

Student Highlights

27th of May 2020

Student Highlight May 2020

My name is Kaitlynn Lynch and I am an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe located in Eagle Butte, SD. At age 6, I was adopted into a loving family and grew up off the reservation in Rapid City, SD. Although my adopted dad is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Sault Ste. […]


28th of April 2020

April 2020 Newsletter Student Highlights

Jade Goodwill Navajo, Hunkpapa Lakota, and Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Science, Technology, and Society – Stanford Jade comes from Window Rock, Arizona, and is minoring in Medical Anthropology on the Pre-Med track. She is the Co-Chair for the Stanford Powwow and is the Vice President of the Stanford AISES Chapter. Jade is also a research assistant […]


Life In the Wake of a Pandemic – Shandiin’s Story

I’m a student here at Brigham Young University Hawaii. This was my last semester and on April 18th, I finally graduated with my Business Management – Finance Bachelor’s. In the middle of the semester classes were canceled on campus. The following week we resumed with all of our classes being online. For myself it was […]


Life In the Wake of a Pandemic – Manuel’s Advice

I am Manuel Felix and I was awarded the AIS Scholarship for my 2016 fall school year at Arizona State University. After graduation with my degree in communication and technical writing, I secured a job with Desert Diamond Casino where I work in the surveillance department. I utilize my education received from ASU on a […]


Life In the Wake of a Pandemic – Haley’s Story

My name is Haley Jordan Begay, and I am a senior at Indiana University studying sports broadcast journalism and Spanish. My goal is to become a sideline reporter for ESPN or Fox Sports. I am extremely dedicated. I often wake up early at my Bloomington apartment, walk two miles to school (I use this as […]


An influx of students need funding, AIS is providing it

In times of crisis, the vulnerable are always the hardest hit. Unfortunately, the remote parts of our country where many Native Americans live aren’t immune to the reach of COVID-19. As of this writing on April 20th, the Navajo Nation has an infection rate per capita that is higher than all but 2 U.S. states. […]


13th of April 2020

Student Highlight April 2020

Being born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and participating in my Pueblo traditions in Cochiti, New Mexico, I am thankful that I am apart of these two very distinct communities. I am pursuing an education that will create positive change in both communities. As an American Indian, I am a part of the Pueblo […]


10th of March 2020

Student Highlight March 2020

My name is Shyh Saenz and I am anything but shy. I am an urban Indian from Hayward, California and I am an enrolled tribal member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe. I am currently a freshman at Gonzaga University studying Communication Studies with a minor in Broadcasting & Electronic Media Studies. My goal is to […]


3rd of March 2020

AIS Distributes Jackets Just In Time For Winter Storms

On the Hopi mesas, 2 hours from a grocery store or gas station, sits a far flung community of Hopi rock houses. These homes are small with low roofs and are composed of dry clay and stone. The only heat sources are wood burning fireplaces, and most homes lack electricity. These homes are lit with […]


11th of February 2019

Student Highlight February 2020

My name is Terra Goss and I’m an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of New Town, North Dakota.  I was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana, but was raised in Killeen, Texas.  I currently reside in Great Falls, Montana where I attend the Great Falls College Montana State University. I’m majoring […]