Denise Bill becomes the first female Muckleshoot Tribal Member to complete a doctorate degree
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Education is a tradition in Denise Bill's
Denise earned her Master's Degree years ago, but that highest mountain - the doctorate - has been a long steep climb indeed.
"I'm just really happy to have finally completed this degree and especially want to thank everybody at the Muckleshoot Tribal College
"They've been a tremendous support to me, both in finishing my degree and in my job as MOST Program Manager.
doctoral dissertation to her
two children, Elise and Andy.
"I wanted to show them that they can overcome obstacles in their lives - that they can always get back up and try again," she
believes that preserving the wisdom of her
father and other Native educational leaders is what makes her
dissertation is so important.
"I have his
whole interview on film and on a transcript and, like the other leaders I interviewed, they will always be with us.
Even though some are no longer physically among us, their words, and who they are or were will never be forgotten."
Denise doesn't plan to rest on her laurels now that she's achieved her longtime goal of earning her doctorate.
remains committed to carrying on the work that her
father and so many others began - to bring educational opportunities to Native people, to pass their lessons on to her
children, and to everybody's children.
not finished with the work products that went into her
It will be a living document.
"I hope to have my nine videotaped interviews with Native American leaders turned into a film that can be used in schools," she
" I'm really excited about that.
And I'd also like to turn my dissertation into a couple of different classes that I would teach at the college level."
It's just as her
father taught her
says: Education is a process that never ends.