Diné College Offers Condolences to the Family of Fannie Lowe Atcitty

Diné College Offers Condolences to the Family of Fannie Lowe Atcitty

2 Dec 2022

TSAILE, AZ— Fannie Lowe Atcitty, former Diné College Board of Regent who served from 2007 to 2015 and tirelessly advocated for education and issues impacting the Navajo Nation, has passed on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

In 2007, she was appointed as President of the Board of Regents. In 2012 alongside the American Indian Higher Education Consortium she became a new member of the Achieve the Dream as the first tribal college member.  Fannie Atcitty played a role in advocating for Diné College Shiprock site to establish future plans for a Math Science Building. She assisted with designing and lobbying for state funding. She has always been involved with the government as an advocate on issues that affected people at the local, tribal, county, state, and federals levels.

“Fannie had a passion for Diné College and understood the transformational power of a college degree. She will be missed,” said Dr. Charles M. Roessel.

Atcitty was a lifelong resident of Shiprock New, Mexico. Her professional expertise was in education from Early Childhood to Higher Education. She began her undergraduate studies at Diné College and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master’s Degree from Doane College. Atcitty was also a former adjunct faculty for Diné College, and served on the Shiprock New Campus Committee. Her contributions to the College were instrumental during her time as a board of regent member.

Ms. Atcitty will be laid to rest on December 17, 2022. The family is also accepting donations and more details will be made public as they come in.


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