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Kelly Stewart



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California Indian History, Oral Histories, California Indian Identity, Urban Native Identity, California Indian Relocation, California Mission Indian Boarding Schools, Language Revitalization, Tribal Social Welfare Services, Cultural Identity and Academic Success for American Indians, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, American Indian Intergenerational Trauma, Epigenetics

Míiyuyam! Notúng Kelly Leah Stewart yaqáa. Pó’ iví' matámtash míiyuyam Payómkawichum, Tumánqalum pí’ Tohono O’odham.  Hello! My name is Kelly Leah Stewart.  I am Luiseno, Gabrielino-Tongva and Tohono O'odham.  I am a second year Graduate Student in the Master of Arts program in American Indian Studies.

Míiyuyam! Notúng Kelly Leah Stewart yaqáa. Pó’ iví' matámtash míiyuyam Payómkawichum, Tumánqalum pí’ Tohono O’odham. Hello! My name is Kelly Leah Stewart. I am Luiseno, Gabrielino-Tongva and Tohono O'odham. I am a second year Graduate Student in the Master of Arts program in American Indian Studies. My academic journey into higher education began in 1999 at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California. There I completed my general education requirements for transfer to a UC or CSU. Growing up with a love a storytelling, my original academic goal was to become a High School English teacher. However, after a year in community college, that quickly changed into a passion to serve my community. In 2009, after working full time and attending school part time for many years, I transferred to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After a two and a half year journey, I successfully completed my degree. Upon graduation I began working for Torres Martinez Tribal TANF (TMTT) in downtown Los Angeles as a Program Services Assistant. My education, work ethic and knowledge of the American Indian community allowed me to advance within the organization in 6 months, and I was promoted to the position of Cultural Preservation Coordinator. Over the last 5 years as Cultural Preservation Coordinator, I have worked to educate TMTT’s Native youth and adults about American Indian traditions, culture and history; while teaching them the skills necessary to become self-sufficient. Because of my own struggles academically and with Native identity, I believe that a strong connection to tribal culture and traditions can help many students achieve success that they may not have known is possible. As I grew in my position as Cultural Preservation Coordinator, I understood the need to further my education in order to better serve my clients. As a result, I applied, and was fortunate to be accepted to UCLA’s Master of Arts program in American Indian Studies. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a diverse program that encourages American Indian students to follow their passions, support their communities, and to push the boundaries of what has typically been expected for American Indian students.
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