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Navajo Woman Honored by White House

Navajo Woman Honored by White House
September 29
08:23 2015

A Navajo woman was one of eleven honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”

Dr. Amanda Tachine, of Ganado, was recognized for her work with southern Arizona communities. She is involved in Native SOAR – Students Outreach Access and Resiliency. SOAR is a two-tiered program that allows Native American graduate students to mentor Native American college students, who, in turn, mentor native high school students.

Project SOAR was begun by the University of Arizona’s Dr. Jenny Lee. It is meant to increase the success rate of at-risk students and families. Lee was one of Tachine’s advisors and suggested she emulate Project Soar with a native style.

As a student, Tachine said she advocated for native issues. Native Soar, which started in 2012, seemed like a natural fit. A three-year grant founded Native SOAR, but the group is in the final year of that grant.

Tachine received her doctorate in higher education from the U of A. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar for the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.

The White House “Champions of Change” honored 11 young women from across the country.

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