Native American Student Danielle Antelope has a no-holds-barred approach to education—for good reason. It’s her future, and the future of her family and her community that are at stake.
Antelope, 21, is working on her associate’s degree at Blackfeet Community College and plans to get a bachelor’s and master’s. “There’s so much to learn and so much to share,” she said. “I’m going to go to school until they throw me out.”
An enrolled member of her father’s Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Antelope was born and raised by her single mother on the Blackfeet Reservation. She went to Browning Public Schools, graduating from high school in 2014 with honors. She attended a Native American student outreach program at Montana State University after her junior year. “Right when I got done with the program I already had my application for MSU and I had it filled out by the first week of school. I was accepted by Christmas break. MSU was my choice and it was for biochemistry. That was my passion. Chemistry was everything.”