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November 1, 2010, Volume 2

Native American role models talk to Santee Sioux youth about importance of staying in school
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Nebraska: Five Santee Sioux have been honored as role models to Native American youth in science and health: Myles Jones, Colin Jones, Todd Runnels, Stephanie Moose and Millie Swalley.

The tribal members appear on a Native American role model poster for the Science Education Partnership Award. SEPA is a project of the University of Nebraska Medical Center to promote careers related to science and health.

SEPA is a national program funded by the National Center for Research Resources. The grant is to strengthen math and science curriculums for American Indian youth on Nebraska and South Dakota reservations.

The awards event took place at a Santee Community School assembly. Redwing Thomas, indigenous spoken word artist, encouraged students to do their best and to envision their future.

Dr. Maurice Godfrey, UNMC professor of pediatrics, also gave a message to build confidence in the students.

“The members of the Santee community being honored have worked hard to excel in their professions, with hard work, determination and perseverance, you can be successful as well,” he told the students.

Each speaker then unveiled their poster and shared some words of wisdom about their education journey.

Copies of the posters are now hanging in the tribal offices in Santee.

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