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College Graduation

Congratulations to CIRI descendant Piper Tolbert, who graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., this spring. Piper is a Presidential Scholars Award recipient and received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in law, diversity and justice. Through a CIRI-funded external placement, she spent summer 2019 at Story Works, an Anchorage nonprofit that supports youth voices through storytelling and writing workshops. Piper is the daughter of Reinhold Tolbert and the granddaughter of Bertha Thiele Tolbert of King Salmon, Alaska, both of whom were original CIRI enrollees. She also received educational funding through The CIRI Foundation.