Stories

Watch and listen to full-length oral histories of BYU Native American alumni.
Chauma Kee-Jansen

"Well, that's a good question. That is something you're going to have to decide."

Cynthia Connell

"I feel that on my mission I was given back an identity that I hadn’t had an opportunity to have any other way."

"Language is something you have to deal with. No matter what situation you are in."

"And we should, we should be proud of ourselves. Proud of [being Native]."

"And I heard a voice distinctly tell me that I need to go."

"In my mind it is realizing that people value different things, and to respect that value."

"You can teach, affect change in a lot of kids. But if you have a law degree you could affect entire nations. "

"The struggles and challenges I had here at BYU have prepared me for everything I have done so far."

"There is so much beauty in what we are given to experience."

"Seek to reconnect. You are wanted. You are needed. You are important."

"I’m torn, because sometimes I want to take them back to that and let them experience that, and at the same time, you know, you don't want your kids to grow up in that."

"It's my challenge to be able to teach all of those things with you, knowing that goal of having them come back and feeling like 'Yeah. I learned something.'"

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