Navajo Tribal Member Amanda Tachine Recognized as Champion of Change by the White House

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WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Amanda Tachine of Ganado, Ariz., received the Champion of Change award recognizing her efforts as leader within her community to empower her peers.

The award ceremony took place at the White House and was presented by staff of the President of the United States, the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Office of the First Lady.

“It’s quite an honor and I’m grateful for this recognition,” Tachine said. “I don’t see this as an individual award. I see it as an award bestowed to the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation has influenced me and shaped who I am today. I do this work for our people.”

Tachine is one of eleven young women who were chosen for this award from over a thousand nominees. She was recognized for the work she does with the Native Student Outreach Access and Resiliency program at the University of Arizona.

“It’s a two-tiered mentoring program which is meant to increase college attainment,” she said.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said that Tachine was able to be innovative in her experience to reach this top level and be recognized as a person who has great ideas on how to change America.

“The Navajo Nation would like to congratulate Amanda Tachine from Ganado for being recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change,” President Begaye said. “For her ideas and effort, she was selected as one of eleven young women that are leading and inspiring their communities as advocates for change.”