• November 2019 Student of the Month: Tia Barnes

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    Congratulations to Tia Barnes on being named our Native American Education Program student of the month.

    Tia said the best part of Bethel's Native American Program is being able to connect with other Native Americans in the area.

    "Without the Native American program, I would not be able to share my culture with others whom are just like me. Being a part of this program has taught me leadership, hard work, and determination. I am very thankful to connect with other Native Americans and to get through problems that Native Youth face today,” she said.

    Tia is a member of the Puyallup Tribe, and she credits much of her success to the values tribal leaders have instilled in her.

    “Our tribe works hard to provide to all of our people, and without our hard work we would have nothing,” she said. "Not only has our council fought for our rights in regards to fishing and our ways of life, the majority of our tribe also works hard to provide an amazing life to our Native Youth, to ensure our success.”

    The Graham-Kapowsin High School senior hopes to attend the University of Oregon next year, where she would love to study law with a minor in Indigenous Studies. She plans on one day working in law enforcement as an FBI Special Agent.

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