Diné College Students Shine in American Indian College Fund’s “Honoring those Who Hold Us: An Elder Story Series”

R to L: Sasha Araba, Taishayla Jim

Diné College Students Shine in American Indian College Fund’s “Honoring those Who Hold Us: An Elder Story Series”

26 October 2023

TSAILE, AZ — Students from Diné College have left an indelible mark with their literary talents in the esteemed American Indian College Fund’s “Honoring those Who Hold Us: An Elder Story Series ” project. This recognition highlights the exceptional work of the students from Senior Lecturer Shaina Nez’s Creative Writing courses and Assistant Professor Brie Jontry’s ENG 101 courses, who have showcased their remarkable creativity and writing skills in a project that pays tribute to the wisdom and stories of our elders.

The following Diné College students and their outstanding projects have been featured:

From Creative Writing 208, 210 and 212:

  1. “Remember” (For Joy Harjo) – A Diné College Creative Writing Student Group Poem: Milton Bluehouse Jr., Clarencia White, Jalen Smallcanyon, Isaac Madson, Kayden McThomas, Sasha Araba, Shealee Yazzie, Danielle Manygoats, Tanya Mailboy, Charmayne Gene https://collegefund.org/blog/remember-for-joy-harjo-a-dine-college-creative-writing-student-group-poem/

From ENG 101:

  1. Taishayla Jim’s essay “Words of a Stranger”: https://collegefund.org/blog/words-of-a-stranger/
  2. Sasha Araba’s essay “Grandma Mable”: https://collegefund.org/blog/grandma-mable/

To read the remarkable work of these Diné College students, we invite you to visit the links provided. These students have displayed exceptional creativity and dedication in contributing their work to a project that honors the wisdom and stories of our elders. Their heartfelt contributions reflect their respect for tradition and their commitment to preserving indigenous culture.

“The School of Arts and Humanities at Diné College is incredibly proud of these students and their notable achievements. We celebrate their voices and the stories they have shared with the world. Their creativity and dedication serve as an inspiration to all” said Dr. Karla Britton, Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Diné College is the first tribally controlled college, established in 1968. As a postsecondary educational institution, Diné College awards associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and certificates in areas important to the economic and social development of the Navajo Nation. To comply with the College mission, personalized instruction is guaranteed to each student because of the low student-faculty ratio. All are welcome to apply.


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