Courtesy TEDNA
Alana Walker, Nez Perce, is the winner of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) 2015 Merit Award Contest.

Nez Perce Student Wins TEDNA 2015 Merit Award Contest

ICTMN Staff
11/6/15

Alana Walker, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, and student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, was recently announced as the winner of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) 2015 Merit Award Contest.

Her essay on the importance of culture won her the $500 prize, and high praise from TEDNA.

“I’m proud of Alana for taking advantage of the opportunity to apply for the TEDNA merit award,” said Joyce McFarland, TEDNA Board Member and Nez Perce Education Manager, in a press release. “She showed wisdom beyond her years in her essay when she recognized knowledge gained by observation of the natural world and how cultural relevance in education makes students prepared to care for their community.”

Alana is studying Cinematic Arts and Technology and is on the Dean’s List at IAIA. She hopes to one day own an animation studio that will employ indigenous animators and writers.

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