Caitlynn From Cove
Cove is a small community in Arizona located in the Navajo Nation, south of the famous Four Corners area, and just miles from the New Mexico border. Caitlynn is Dine from Cove and working on her master’s at a university in New Mexico. She applied for funding to work on her Masters of Arts in Indigenous Leadership, Self-Determination, and Sustainable Community Building. It’s the first year that the university is offering this degree, but as Caitlynn describes it: “it is a life-changing experience to be one of the first cohort members.”
In her scholarship application, she shared what higher education means to her, “Pursuing higher education as an Indigenous (Native American) is an empowering path for both my Tribal Community and myself. It is with deep reverence of my family that I will use this degree to further my scholarship and research into matters that impact my Tribal Nation.”
Caitlynn is honoring her late grandmother, or shimá sání, a dedicated member of Cove and “a pivotal advocate in response to the uranium industry” through her capstone research. She is as passionate about the endless impacts that uranium has had on her community as her grandmother. “My homeland is not a lab. There are people that have lost so much: homes, environment, culture, and loved ones.”
Caitlynn is now part of the Class of 2020 and an AIEF Scholar. She will be a force in her community and tribal nation. Caitlyn took some time to send us a graduation photo, as well as a heartfelt acknowledgment. Congratulations Caitlynn!