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Students Talk About NAS

Sharing Their Perspectives

NAS Student Testimonial

“There was so much to learn in Native American Studies, especially in regards to education that was not taught in middle school or high school pertaining to Indigenous history, atrocities, self-determination, and self-governance.”

Albert Abeita Sr. (Pueblo of Isleta)
Native American Studies, BA
Concentration in Indigenous Learning Communities
Criminology, BA
Current student in the M.A. in NAS degree program

NAS Student Testimonial

“I feel that I have gained a type of consciousness and by this I am not claiming to have gained the knowledge of my elders, but I feel that I have begun to scratch the surface of what it means to be a critical thinker.”

Lorilei Chavez (Kewa Pueblo)
Native American Studies, BA
Concentration in Leadership & Building Native Nations
History Minor

NAS Student Testimonial

“I have learned that we are not alone on our path to protect and sustain our Indigenous identity.  There is a great deal of knowledge and support that can be found within the community.  Both the NAS community and our traditional communities are proud of what we have accomplished as scholars and excited to see what we will contribute to the next generations.”

Caitlynn Mayhew (Diné)
Biology, BS
Native American Studies Minor
Chemistry Minor
Current student in the M.A. in NAS degree program

NAS Student Testimonial

“Through NAS I learned about the issues that Indigenous Peoples face, and how our strength prevails.  I have become empowered, enlightened, and honored by the lessons I've learned over the course of my college career.”

Nathan Jopek (Pueblo of Laguna/Polish White)
Native American Studies, BA
Concentration in Leadership & Building Native Nations
Sociology Minor
Current student in the M.A. in NAS degree program

NAS Student Testimonial

“I have learned that any one of us can make a difference in our communities and that our Indigenous knowledge is just as important as Western academia.”

Navalyn Platero (Diné and San Carlos Apache)
Native American Studies, BA
Concentration in Leadership & Building Native Nations
Philosophy, BA
Concentration in Pre-Law
Current UNM Law School Student