American Indian graduates honored

Heritage University American Indian graduates are honored in special ceremonies on the Toppenish campus last week.

David Mance/special to Daily Sun News
Heritage University American Indian graduates are honored in special ceremonies on the Toppenish campus last week.



— Heritage University honored its American Indian students who are earning their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ceremonies at the Fort Road campus last Friday.

The ceremony also honored Yakama Nation elders who have contributed to the Yakima Valley.

The recognition ceremony at Smith Family Hall included a community meal, music and gifts recognizing their distinctive educational accomplishments.

The 2016 American Indian graduates include Dora Apodaca, Yakama Nation, B.A., elementary education; Andrea Compo, Yakama Nation, B.A., visual arts; Patrick Feller, Klahoose First Nations of Canada, B.A., environmental studies; Mary Gladstone-Big Wolf, Blood Tribe of Canada, B.A. Ed., elementary education; Nathaniel Hill, Yakama Nation, B.A., business administration; Daylen Isaac, Yakama Nation, B.S., environmental science; John Little Wolf, Yakama Nation, B.S.W. social work; Jasper Luna, Yakama Nation, B.S., computer science; Michael Meza, Yakama/Blackfeet Nation, B.A., business administration; Corazon Noyola, Direct Descent of a Spokane Tribal, B.S.W., social work; Cheri Root, Yakama Nation, B.A., criminal justice; Manuela Spencer, Yakama Nation, B.A., English; Bryan Strom, Yakama Nation, B.A. Ed., middle level education; Kami Tailor-Brooks, Choctaw, B.S.W., social work; and Lola Wyman, Yakama Nation, B.A., business administration.

Included in the evening recognition was Brettagne Aleck, 2016 SOAR Scholarship recipient from the Yakama Nation Tribal School. She will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Heritage University this fall.



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