Stately '18 named 2017 American Indian Student of the Year
Reuben Kitto Stately '18 was named the Outstanding American Indian Male High School Student of the Year from the Minnesota Indian Education Association on November 16. The award was presented at the Minnesota Indian Education Association conference held at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn.
Reuben was nominated by Jonny Nicholson, Director of College Counseling. In his nomination, Nicholson said, "Reuben has taken the time to educate not only his classmates – many of whom speak about how he’s impacted how they see the world – but also our teachers and administrators. In a loving and caring way, Reuben confronts prejudice and stereotypes and challenges privilege that allows for and facilitates growth."
Stately has also been instrumental in highlighting Native American life during his time at Breck. Nicholson remarks, "He started the Native American Affinity Group in an attempt to bring native students together in a safe space to connect with one another. He serves as an educator for various entities in the community and serves weekly at a local Dakota immersion preschool."
The Minnesota Indian Education Association is 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. The purpose of MIEA is to establish and maintain communications and the promotion of quality education and unity for American Indians for the express purpose of continuity of communications and on-going awareness of local and statewide educational activities. This is done in many ways, but specifically it is a continued awareness and action that supports the unique educational and culturally relevant needs of American Indian students in our great state. You can learn more about MIEA on their website.