Summer Lara, a true animal lover, is fascinated by how humans and the natural world interact. Drawn to the UMN’s one-of-a-kind Dakota language program, she aims to incorporate Native languages and cultures into her veterinary medicine practice.
"I definitely feel like I have found a home in the AIS department. Not only do I have access to a high-quality education, but I have also found a new family that I know will support and help me as I move forward—during and after my time here," says Chrissy Pettit, a mom of three who is double-majoring in American Indian studies and Anthropology. By blending the two together, Pettit is able to explore her interest in the discourse between the field and Indigenous communities.
Alana Dopp's American Indian studies major and biology minor gave her the opportunity to explore the history behind American Indian health disparities and how to approach medical treatment with cultural awareness—making her a top candidate for medical school.