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United Tribes selects Student of the Year
2 April 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - Laramie Plainfeather, a student from the Crow Nation in Montana, is the 2012 American Indian College Fund Student of the Year from United Tribes Technical College.

      The honor was conferred March 27 at an awards banquet held in Rapid City, SD. The award carries a $1,000 scholarship from the College Fund, a national organization that raises private sector support for students attending tribal colleges and universities.

PROUD FAMILY: United Tribes Student of the Year Laramie Plainfeather, along with his wife Cabbrina and children Cyra and Hadrian.

      "I realize that I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to go to college," said Plainfeather, who graduates in May with an associate degree in Small Business Management. "I have experienced firsthand the hardships often faced living on the reservation."

      At United Tribes, Plainfeather earned a 3.9 GPA. His educational goal is to earn a bachelors in Business Administration at UTTC.

      "My career goal is to own my own sporting equipment store," he wrote in an essay for the scholarship. "My inspiration is my family. I want to know that I can provide for them financially. I recognize that education will open many doors for our future."

      He and his wife Cabbrina have two children: Cyra and Hadrian. His tribal name is Owner of Many Fine Things, given to him by his uncle. He belongs to the Big Lodge clan and is a child of the Bad War Deeds Clan. His parents are Mardell and Leo Plainfeather, Billings, MT.

      In 2011, Plainfeather was elected Vice President of the United Tribes Student Senate. His role as a student leader recently took him to Washington, DC. On March 29, he and United Tribes President David M. Gipp testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education about the successes of tribal colleges and universities. The committee was chaired by Congressman Denny Rehberg, who recognized and thanked Plainfeather for his testimony. Rehberg is a rancher from Montana who grew up near Crow Agency, Plainfeather’s hometown.

      Plainfeather is also involved in the United Tribes Power Lifting Club and the Big Brother Club. His academic work has earned him a place on the United Tribes President's List during all five semesters he has been at the college.

      Plainfeather has also received other scholarships, including special awards for tribal college students from IBM, Toyota Motor Sales and United Tribes. He accepted the College Fund award on behalf of his tribe and family.

Read a feature story from the Bismarck Tribune about Laramie Plainfeather

2012 American Indian College Fund Students of the Year
Jeremy Richey, Allied Health; Aaniiih Nakoda College
Daraka McLeod, General Studies; Bay Mills Community College
Paula Bremner, Business Management; Blackfeet Community College
Ryan Brown, Pre-engineering; Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Wade Longie, Engineering; Chief Dull Knife College
Therese Coon, Biological & Physical Sciences; College of Menominee Nation
Alvin Dahozy, Environmental Science; Diné College
Chad Auginash, Electrical Utility Technology; Fond du Lac Tribal College
Noel Baker, Environmental Science; Fort Berthold Community College
Beau Plummer, Business Technology; Fort Peck Community College
Curt Pahmahmie, Business Administration; Haskell Indian Nations University
Jacqueline Aamodt, Allied Health; Ilisagvik College
Charles Rencountre, Studio Arts; Institute of American Indian Arts
Sarah Garver, Liberal Arts; Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Daryl Coons, Native American Studies; Lac Courte Oreilles Community College
Kim Dickson, Indigenous Leadership & Liberal Arts; Leech Lake Tribal College
Ronnea Gramling, Pre-med (Science); Little Big Horn College
Jessica Stout, Liberal Arts; Little Priest Tribal College
Dwight Carlston, Environmental Science; Navajo Technical College
Brian Morris, Human Services; Nebraska Indian Community College
Eric Lewis, Native American Studies; Northwest Indian College
Lester Wells, Early Childhood Education; Oglala Lakota College
Brenda Walker, Native American Studies; Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Amy Stiffarm, Life Sciences; Salish Kootenai College
Dera Iyotte, Cultural Resource Management; Sinte Gleska University
Anna Iskra, Nursing; Sisseton Wahpeton College
Palani Luger, Environmental Science; Sitting Bull College
Vincent Waquiu, Natural Resource Management; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Teena Thompson, Elementary Education; Stone Child College
Benedict Jose, Business Administration; Tohono O'odham Community College
Renee Belgarde, Nursing; Turtle Mountain Community College
Laramie Plainfeather, Small Business Management; United Tribes Technical College
Pamela Fairbanks, Human Services; White Earth Tribal and Community College


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