From urban campuses to reservations, Native American students feel COVID-19's reach
September 28, 2020
Johnny Talawyma was ready to stride across the stage to receive his bachelors degree diploma last spring.
It's been a long journey for the 38-year-old Montana State University Billings student who grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. He wanted a chance not only to celebrate himself, but to set an example for younger people in his tribe.
COVID-19 changed that, like it has so many other things. Graduation seems almost distant now for Talawyma. His uncle died after contracting COVID-19. Other relatives battled severe symptoms. Talawyma himself contracted the disease and recovered.