Cheyenne Whiteman hopes to bring her nursing career home to the Crow Indian Reservation
BOZEMAN — She comes from the Crow Indian Reservation and is determined to take what she learns at MSU home with her to make a difference for her people.
Cheyenne Whiteman is passionate about caring for others. As a student at MSU, she’s very clear about her goals: to become a nurse – and bring the skills home to provide better care for her family and friends on the Crow reservation.
“With nursing, if I can do something to help people feel better, why wouldn’t I do it? ” she said.
At a time when nurses are in high demand and she could use the skills she will learn anywhere, there is no place she would rather be at home caring for other Native American families. like his.
“I really feel connected to my people,” she said.
Her inspiration is her grandmother Rosie Doyle, a Northern Cheyenne woman who spent 46 years as a nurse.
“Years later we would be out there and people would remember her,” Cheyenne said.
Now on the MSU campus in Bozeman, Cheyenne is a long way from home, but she says knowing she makes her grandmother and parents proud makes her strong. She also says that her busy schedule keeps her from feeling homesick. Besides her nursing courses, she is active in many organizations and clubs and she is the co-president of the American Indian Council.
“I like to be busy, I like to be involved,” she said.
Through the American Indian Council, it works to connect students, preserve its heritage and customs, and language.
She proudly spoke part of the Northern Cheyenne language she had learned from her grandmother. She says she hopes to know more.
“It’s super important,” she said of her native language. “It makes you feel connected and it’s so beautiful. It makes me so proud to be able to do it.
On the MSU campus, she says most of her peers are open-minded. But there are myths and ideas that she had to correct.
“Coming here was a whole new world. I had someone in my class who didn’t even know Native Americans were American citizens,” she said. “I politely corrected them.”
She hopes to show others that her culture is beautiful and she says most are eager to listen and learn.
“There are old stereotypes and new stereotypes,” she said. “Some people have had stereotypes in their head all the time and they don’t realize it.”
She thinks MSU’s addition of American Indian Hall is a great way for people to get a taste of real Native American history and culture.
“It makes me feel so welcome and like I have a place here,” she said. “Heritage and culture can somehow unify us. It’s something to share with people. »
You’ll learn more about Cheyenne when we return home with Cheyenne to the Crow reservation. You will meet Grandma Rosie as well as her mother and father. It’s a story of two Americans that you will only see on MTN.