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Online student maintains her tribal connection
By Barbara Archambault, Online/Distance Education Coordinator
3 March 2008

      Jeanne Eagle Bull-Oxendine (Oglala Lakota) is a UTTC online student from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She currently lives on the U.S. Army base at Fort Belvoir, Virginia with her husband James Oxendine (U.S. Navy) and their four children: Chaske (9), Jake (8), Sica (2) and Jase Maste (2 months).

      Jeanne attended Rushville High School, Rushville, Nebraska, graduating in May 1995. After high school she enlisted in the military and took basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Command, in Illinois. After graduating, she attended aviation intermediate training and was assigned to the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, from 1995 to 1999.

      Her husband's re-assignment to the Joint Maritime Facility, St. Mawgan, England, in 1999 allowed Jeanne a chance to live in Great Britain, where she worked full-time for the U.S. Government. In 2003, she and the family came back to the states to the Virginia/DC Metro area after her husband was assigned to the White House Communications Agency.

      In Virginia she continued her college studies and worked part-time for Lockheed Martin until early 2007. She is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from the University of Maryland; she expects to graduate late this year.

      In the meantime, Jeanne wanted to pursue Native American studies so she enrolled at UTTC in 2005. She enjoys the online program. She built a strong relationship with the staff and students and she credits that with helping her maintain a connection to Lakota culture and her people. She feels strongly that being in touch is vital in raising her children with Lakota values and traditions. Jeanie says she is thankful for her family, friends and UTTC for maintaining her tribal connection. Wopila!


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