Recent Native graduates from Northern Nevada |

Recent Native graduates from Northern Nevada

First Nation’s Focus
Patrick "DeɁileligi" Burtt

RENO, Nev. — This June, hundreds of Native American students graduated high school and/or college across the United States.

Information about the following three graduates was submitted in June to First Nation’s Focus; we’d like to congratulate the below young adults, in addition to all Native students, for their hard work and dedication to education.

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Patrick “DeɁileligi” Burtt

Patrick “DeɁileligi” Burtt, an enrolled member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and direct descendent of the Tule River Tribe, attained a Master of Arts in American Indian Studies at UCLA on June 15.

Burtt had previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

DeɁileligi, who is the son of Sharon James-Tiger of Dresslerville, Nevada, and Patrick Burtt of Tule River, California, will next begin a PhD program studying history at the University of Nevada, Reno with focuses in Native American History, Nevada and the U.S. West, as well as U.S. History.

— Submitted by the Family of Patrick “DeɁileligi” Burtt

Tawanee Renee Ackley

Tawanee Renee Ackley (Paiute-Shoshone) is a member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, in Bishop, Calif. She resides in Yerington, Nev., and graduated from Yerington High School on June 15, 2018.

Tawanee, who is the daughter of Stephen and Jennifer Ackley, has three older brothers; she will be attending Western Nevada College in Carson City in the fall.

— Submitted by Jennifer Ackley

Glennys Tobey-Wasson

Glennys Tobey-Wasson (Paiute-Shoshone) is a member of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. She graduated from Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks on June 15, 2018, during the commencement ceremony at Lawlor Events Center in Reno that celebrated 397 seniors from the Class of 2018.

Glennys is the daughter of Cheryl Wasson and Robert Tobey; she will be attending Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno in the fall.

— Submitted by Cheryl Wasson