Shilo George, a Southern Cheyenne student at Portland State University (PSU), was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at the 2012 Oregon Indian Education Association (OIEA) Annual Conference at Grande Ronde, Oregon on April 2 and 3.
For the past two years Shilo has taught culture and arts at the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland (NAYA). According to a news release from PSU, she was also critical to the creation of several outreach programs that encourage Native American students to attend college.
“Outside of her activities at the university, Shilo is an artist who uses her work to bring attention to the diversity of Portland’s Native Americans,” states the university press release. At the university’s Native American Student and Community Center, Shilo coordinates a weekly indigenous art and craft group.
At PSU, Shilo is majoring in artistic practices and minoring in indigenous nations studies. She plans on attending graduate school so she can one day become a secondary classroom teacher.
OIEA award recipients are nominated through letters of recommendation submitted by colleagues, students and community members.