In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Native American and Indigenous Studies was not able to honor our graduates in our usual in-person ceremony, so we are doing so virtually here. We have enjoyed having Ms. Wildcat as part of our program, we congratulate her for receiving the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri and Tobin Memorial Award as a top UW senior, and wish her all the very best in her future endeavors.

Christie J. Wildcat

Graduate Christie Wildcat before a university of wyoming sign in native dress holding a plaque that says class of 2020

Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology, Native American & Indigenous Studies, and Political Science

Christie Wildcat is an enrolled Northern Arapaho on her maternal side, and also Cherokee on her maternal side. As for her paternal side, she is Pawnee and Navajo. She is from the Wind River Reservation, located in central Wyoming, but currently resides in Laramie, Wyoming. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a triple major in Native American studies, Anthropology, and Political Science. She has received her dual-reverse Associates Degree from Central Wyoming College in Anthropology. Her career goals are to recover lost artifacts in cases across the globe and to be a curator of the American Indian National Museum. Her goal is to preserve culture, and to prevent the culture from dying out. She currently serves as the founder of the Wind River All Action Crew, she is a McNair Scholar, a Mortar Board Secretary, and the Center for Native American Youth secretary for the Youth Advisory Board. She is also a jingle dress dancer, and on her way to being fluent in Northern Arapaho.


I would like to thank my wonderful family for everything. My friends for all the good memories. The UW native community for all of the love and support. Many faculty and staff members for the help provided. Lastly, Angela Jaime for helping me and guiding me through the NAIS major.

Future Plans:

I plan to continue my education at the University of Wyoming in the Anthropology Masters program.