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Youth and Education News

November 1, 2013

Impact on Washington: WINS 20th Anniversary!
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Washington, D.C.: American University in Washington, D.C. is entering the 20th year of it's WINS program.
The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) helps American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian college students build leadership skills while living, studying and interning in Washington DC. The program offers full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations.  Students gain knowledge, experience and academic credit through this  intensive program.
In addition to their internships, students take classes designed for the WINS program at American University. These classes focus on issues important to AI/AN/NH communities and include lectures, discussions, research projects, and more.

The WINS program also includes cultural and social activities. Recent events included picnics with mentors and internship supervisors and a summer powwow to honor WINS participants.
In their free time, students are encouraged to visit Washington area sites, such as the National Museum of the American Indian, the Pentagon, and Capitol Hill.

The Fall, 2013 WIN students are being challenged by all that DC has to offer.  Besides interning 40 hours a week and taking evening courses, they have experienced a federal government shutdown, living in a historic house on Capital Hill, and exploring the neighborhoods.
Most importantly, students are growing professionally and personally. Recent WINS participants have interned with:
Federal Communications Commission
Department of Agriculture

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Department of Labor
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Health and Human Services
Social Security Administration
Department of Justice
Department of Defense
Department of the Treasury
Environmental Protection Agency
National Science Foundation
Law Offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP

American University's Fall 2013 WINS Students

Sponsor Tribal Affiliation
  Catelin Aiwohi Social Security Administration Native Hawaiian
  Anya Ashley Social Security Administration Navajo Nation
Xavier Barraza United States Department of Treasury Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
Tyler Braswell Social Security Administration Chickasaw Nation
   Reginald Bullock II United States Agency for International Development Shinnecock Indians
  Julie Cahoon Social Security Administration Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
   Heather Curley National Credit Union Administration Navajo Nation
    Mia Francis Social Security Administration Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
   Lucretia Lovato Center for Native American Youth Pueblo of Santo Domingo
   Nicole Macias Social Security Administration Navajo Nation
    Clifford Owl Office of the Chief Economist, USDA Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina

Read the Fall, 2013 WINS newsletter!

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