April 10, 2017

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The Sacred Pipe Resource Center is pleased to announce a recent $5,000 grant award from the Native Americans in Philanthropy GenIndigenous Response Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation. The Sacred Pipe Resource Center is the fiscal sponsor for the grant, a project of local United Tribes Technical College student Dakota Eagle.

The grant award will be used to develop a short film using the voices of young Native American activists to teach and encourage their peers to get engaged in issues. “I was just so inspired by the leadership of young people in the water protection movement”, said Dakota. “I want to be able to help others find their voice and use it in a proactive and positive way”.

Dakota Eagle is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education from United Tribes Technical College. While at UTTC, Dakota has been active in the Student Professional Education Council and recognized on the President's List for her academic achievements. She lives in Bismarck, North Dakota with her husband and their two sons.

Dakota is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and graduate of Standing Rock High School. She developed a love for teaching while she was a paraprofessional at Cannonball Elementary School, located in the community she grew up in. Dakota carries the relationships formed with her students and their families close to her heart.  Dakota's goal is to instill a passion for education within every student. Dakota strongly believes in the power and strength that Native American youth possess and hopes to be an advocate for them, their families, and their futures.