“Ya’a’t’eeh, my name is Eugenia S Kirk. I am currently in my fourth year as a student at Fort Berthold Community College, studying in Environmental Science and planning to graduate this coming with my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science. I wasn’t the traditional student even before college.
When I graduated from high school, it wasn’t my intention to attend any higher learning. But having the example of my sister who received her nursing degree, the encouragement she gave me was all I needed. When I first started I was scared, unsure, and I was out of place. I soon realized how comfortable I was in the environment.
My experience here has been a phenomenal experience. For the past two years, I’ve competed in the Miss Indian Rodeo pageant, and my instructors, peer, and staff gave me so much support and guidance. Having the convenience of higher learning so close helps me come home to my family every night, be with my nieces, and take care of our 36 horses.
Without Tribal Colleges there would not be the opportunities for all that need that extra push in life to achieve success and the education that I receive are equal in all ways to any university and non-tribal college in the United States. That is why tribal colleges should be considered for equal of importance in funding for all tribal students everywhere.”