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Tribal Education Department creates achievement wall

By Lailani Upham

The CSKT Tribal Education wall displays a variety of disciplines and universities earned by tribal members over the decades. (Lailani Upham photo) The CSKT Tribal Education wall displays a variety of disciplines and universities earned by tribal members over the decades. (Lailani Upham photo)

PABLO — The idea for the 60 college degrees of tribal members hanging on the entrance of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Education wall is to inspire the younger generation to take the next step in higher education.

“We want the younger people to see their relatives up on the wall and start thinking about hanging their degree up there some day,” said Penny Kipp CSKT Tribal Education Director.

Kipp says the department is proud to see so many disciplines and an array of institutions where tribal members have graduated with an assortment of degrees from Bachelors, Masters, Juris Doctorate, to Doctorate.

The earliest degree so far is from 1981 up to the current graduating class of 2014.

CSKT Tribal Education urges tribal members who do not have their degrees displayed on the wall to bring them in to add to the wall of acknowledgement.

Kipp says the wall has been goal of the department for a couple of years; however it recently was constructed and growing with eager involvement.

The other reason for the wall to be up is for those thinking on going to college or may have some fears or apprehension can find someone they know who they might be able to talk to – and be encouraged.

The CSKT Tribal Education Department have yet not named the wall. They are seeking submissions for a name.

The team is also seeking tribal members to submit degrees for the wall.

For more information please contact, Penny Kipp at pennyk@cskt.org or call her at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1072.

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