Last week we announced the 10 awardees of the Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association scholarship for Blackfeet Tribal members and descendants pursuing agriculture related careers. Blaise Arrowtopknot, Danielle Antelope, Greta Gustafson, Jolee Bullshoe Latrell Bullchild, Latrice Tatsey, Mariah Gladstone, Morgan Sellars, Ryan Kipp and Owen Gustafson were all chosen to receive the award. You can learn about Blaise, Danielle, Greta and Jolee’s achievements in our previous article, but this week we want to spotlight our other six impressive students that received the scholarship.
Latrell Bullchild is pursuing a degree in business and an accounting minor. He was brought up working his family’s ranch with his grandparents and uncles and is eager to continue to learn the budgets and planning side of running a successful ranching business. He plans to apply his finance knowledge to support his grandparents’ ranch and to get a job that allows him to support all Blackfeet agriculture businesses. Latrell shared that he believes providing agriculturalists financial assistance is key, and that in doing this “the generations to come will have stability and a place to call home.”
Latrice Tatsey is working on her masters in land resource and environmental science as a way to give back to the Blackfeet Agriculture community that raised her and her children. She grew up with her two brothers raising cattle and horses on their family ranch outside of Browning. This work inspired her to learn more about investing in our community’s natural resources and cultural ties to the land. She is currently researching the grazing habits between innii (buffalo) and cattle on our lands.
Latrice says, “After I get my graduate degree, I would like to return to Blackfeet county to work in the agriculture fields to become an asset to my people so I can help them prosper in their operations.”
Mariah Gladstone is completing her graduate degree in environmental science (coupled natural and human systems). She has been working to motivate change within our food systems by teaching information about traditional foods with her Indigikitchen online cooking show, Farm-to-School project, FAST Blackfeet Board membership and many demonstrations of indigenous food practices in media outlets throughout the country. Her graduate research is focused on the Blackfeet Nation, examining the intersection between our ancestral land management and how we can use that knowledge to build our Blackfeet food system today.
She shares that in addition to her other food system endeavors she “would ultimately like to turn [her] home garden (in Babb) into a small farm which can provide vegetables to community members through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model as well as local restaurants around the St. Mary Valley.”
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