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Alex Gokee earns scholarship and presents at National Indian Education conference.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013
Alex Gokee Native American Scholarship recipient
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UW-Superior senior Alex Gokee

UW-Superior senior Alex Gokee

UW-Superior senior Alex Gokee was one of several students attending the National Indian Education Association's annual conference in late October and co-presented with assistant professor of First Nations Studies Gary Johnson on a Native model for Health and Wellness.

The UW-Superior group was presenting at the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Conference October 31st in Rapid City, South Dakota. The topic was (Anishinaabe or Ojibwe) Cultural Based Model of Health & Wellness. Their topic and research talked about people getting healthier using Ojibwe ways of life like hunting, fishing, and gathering, among other things.

Alex Gokee is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from Red Cliff, Wisconsin. He attended Bayfield High School and is seeking a degree in IDS: First Nations Health. He has been a part of the Circle of Native Nations student organization here on campus in various roles and is currently the chair of the organization.

Gokee is proud of the First Nations Center. "UW-Superior has a lot of different resources to help students get acclimated to campus settings which include the Circle of Native Nations student organization and the First Nations Center. Other resources include World Student Association and the Multi-Cultural Center. The professors are always very helpful when it comes to classes and sitting down with you. The First Nations Center in Swenson Hall is always a place where I can get homework done or hang out."

For him, living and going to school here is very welcoming and makes it feel like home. "First Nations is my life and the Center is very supportive. Gary Johnson and Patser Lynch make everything comfortable and it's like having a good part of the reservation here on campus."

Gokee is this year's Native American Scholarship recipient and has been very active in campus life. He has been involved in athletics, intramurals, officiating.

UW-Superior was again named as one of the top 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States that is geared toward Native American students. Winds of Change 2012-2013 Top 200 Special College Issue was published by Nativevilliage.org. UW-Superior was just one of two UW System schools that earned the honor.

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