Mechelle (More Info Here)
B.A., Native Studies Leadership, Northwest Indian College
Kenwa is worth investing in – her degree in Native Leadership from Northwest Indian College will enhance her ability to relentlessly advocate for equity, inclusion, and justice for all Native people. Kenwa grew up in her tribal community, but then stepped away to reflect on how to press into walking as a Native woman in a small space. Her turning point came when her father died from the effects of addiction, and Kenwa was struck by the injustices experienced by Native people today due to the historical injustices of poverty and addiction.
Kenwa’s fiery passion really surfaces when she speaks of the attempted genocide of her tribe – only 3% survived – but hundreds of years later they are still here. Kenwa does not take her responsibility to ensure the continuation of her people lightly. Her facial art represents the reclaiming of her responsibility and obligation to use her education to become a resounding voice for Indigenous people.
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