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Foundation announces Chief Washakie award recipients

May 9, 2014 - From staff reports

Chief Washakie scholarships recently were awarded to 16 University of Wyoming students for the coming academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie.

New recipients are Contessa Bonds, of Riverton, a kinesiology and health senior; Ashlee Enos, of Fort Washakie, an accounting junior; Rachel Felter, of Riverton, a social work graduate student; Avis Garcia, of Lander, a counselor education and supervision graduate student working toward a doctoral degree; and Kelly Hiwalker, of Fort Washakie, an organizational leadership senior.

Other new recipients are Sandra Iron Cloud, of Ethete, a curriculum and instruction graduate student; Signa McAdams, of Riverton, a elementary education junior; Lee Tendore, of Fort Washakie, an American Indian studies junior; Kailyn Washakie, of Fort Washakie, an English junior; and Alyson White Eagle, of Fort Washakie, an energy resource management and development junior.

Current recipients of the Chief Washakie Scholarship -- who will continue to receive support for the coming year -- are Rain Chippewa, of Fort Washakie, seeking a law degree; Colleen Friday, of Laramie, a rangeland ecology and watershed management senior; Mia Holt, of Lander, a chemistry junior; Nicola Holt, of Lander, an anthropology junior; Franklin Lanier, of Riverton, a psychology senior; and Shanae Lawson, of Riverton, an elementary education senior.

The scholarship program was created in 2003 when the Chief Washakie Foundation gave $200,000 to UW. Funds were collected to create Chief Washakie statues in the United States and Wyoming capitol buildings and the joint tribal headquarters in Fort Washakie. The gift was matched by the state, creating a $400,000 endowment that annually produces income for the scholarships.

The Chief Washakie Memorial Endowment at UW helps students and educators -- with significant ties to the Wind River Indian Reservation community -- gain formal knowledge, skills and abilities.

"The spirit of the award assumes that the recipients have, as part of their ultimate goals, some direct participation, appropriate to their educational background, in activities that will further the common good of the people of the Wind River Indian Reservation," said Debra Littlesun, UW financial aid scholarships associate director.

For more information about the Chief Washakie Scholarships, contact Littlesun at 766-2411 or

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