Summer 2017 Intern Highlights

This year AKA Welcomes Aryn Fisher, Conzuelo Lopez, and Kurri Harris. Keep on reading to learn more about their work and interests!

IMG_6482Conzeulo Lopez

Hello my name is Conzuelo  Lopez,  I’m 23 from the  Northern  Cheyenne tribe in Montana. As a child I grew up in Mexico where I learned  to read and write in Spanish. I came to the  reservation later  in  life  where  I spent  the  rest of  my teenage  years.  I graduated  high  school  from  Sherman Indian boarding school in Riverside CA. I then attended  Haskell  Indian  Nations University for  2 years. I then transferred back home and currently graduated from Chief Dull Knife college with my Associates degree. I plan on going back to Dull  Knife in the  fall 2017 to finish  up a few math  classes in order to transfer out. My long term goal is to continue  on with  my bachelor’s degree and attending a University, possibly Bozeman.

Currently thinking about getting a minor in business management, just because I think my community lacks businesses and could be a good way to improve our communities economy. In the long run I plan on pursuing a bachelors in Criminal Justice, my mind has never wandered far from wanting to be a detective or crime scene investigator . I’m fluent Spanish speaker can read and write in Spanish. I’m currently learning how to speak Cheyenne and plan on attending all 5 courses of Cheyenne  language.  I believe language  is a very strong aspect in life to know .

In  my spare time  I like to spend  it with  my wonderful  2 year  old son. I enjoy  going to  the gym and being outdoors. I usually spend my summers working, this year I be working construction hopefully. It is a good source of income and great experience. I always like to  keep  myself  motivated and active.  I love playing sports and enjoy taking my son  to  parks. I love to cook and  make  new things. I’m a strong believer  in education  and  hope to  help  my community  in some type of way.  I want to  make  a difference  in  my tribe and  help  them  to succeed  in the  future. I’m  excited  to  be a part of this program. There has been too  many  tragic accidents  happening  on our  reservation  and  I think something  needs  to be  done  about  it or change  needs to  happen.


Kurri Harris

My name is Kurri Harris I am from Lame Deer, Montana and I am both Northern Cheyenne and Crow. I am a third-year Native American scholar at Mount Saint Mary’s University. I was studying Psychology but recently changed my major to a self-designed major with a focus on education, culture, and community. In the past three years at Mount Saint Mary’s I have taken courses dealing with Psychology, Nutrition, Health and Disease, Criminal Justice, Sociology, American Sign Language and of course the Theology classes recommended. This summer I will be attending Chief Dull Knife College and taking 9 credits to fulfill the culture part of my major. Not only will I be taking summer courses I will be also interning for the TiPI Program which will help me with getting to know my community and helping me build skills that I can use after college.
After I graduate I would like to come back to Montana and find a job that will allow me to assist in projects to help communities whether it be my own or another reservation. If possible I would like to also work with the youth to help them achieve goals that they have set for themselves and again assist in events that will help them stay active and healthy.


Aryn Fisher

My name is Aryn Fisher, I grew up in Southeastern Montana on our family ranch which is located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. I am enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation.  Currently,  a Senior majoring in Community Health at Montana State University. In the Spring of 2018 I will graduate with a BS in Community Health, as well as a certificate in Gerontology. I am so excited to spend another summer working with Dr. Kelley as an evaluation intern. The last two summers I was an intern with the TiPI program and now I’m working on the Cottonwood Connection program. Working with Dr. Kelley has helped me tremendously in school as well as finding a career I am so passionate about. I have also interned with a Certified Lactation Specialist in Bozeman, MT which sparked my interest of focusing on infant/mother nutrition on Native American Reservations. After graduation I hope to obtain my MPH degree and continue to work on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

At AKA we believe in supporting community through education and opportunities to create positive change.  Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We believe this at AKA and hope that you can see the change! Until next time. AKA.





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