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STUDENT FOCUS: Rolenthea Begay
28 January 2011

Rolenthea Begay
Dine’ Nation

Rolenthea Begay

      Rolenthea’s family saw an advertisement for United Tribes Technical College and encouraged her to find out more. She had been planning to go to Arizona State University, but was attracted by the fact that a Tribal college offered the education she wanted. Rolenthea tells of arriving on campus and finding a community where everyone was generous and respectful of her traditions and language.

      Ms. Begay has earned the respect of her colleagues throughout North Dakota and was elected President of the Student North Dakota Education Association. She was the first Native American student to hold this office, and the first UTTC student.

      As SNDEA President, she represents the student teachers of North Dakota on a national level, attending conferences and leading community service initiatives.

      Currently, she and other UTTC education students are actively participating in the Outreach to Teach Program, travelling to under-resourced schools to help with renovations and maintenance.

      Rolenthea plans to return to the Dine Reservation and teach elementary school when she completes her baccalaureate degree. Her professional goal is to promote the importance of education to the students she serves. She hopes to one day earn her Master’s degree as well.


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