Missoulian: Salish Kootenai College officials fear possible state, federal cuts

PABLO – Half of Angelita Reino Ramon’s six children are already dead, and the remainder of her family came to Montana from the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation in Arizona to heal, she says.

Getting the equivalent of a high school diploma and going on to college was not remotely a part of the plan when they arrived, but it’s become a primary portion of her healing process – and her future.

“When I came to Montana, I was not thinking about education,” says Ramon, who dropped out of high school in Brigham City, Utah, when she became pregnant as a teenager in the 1970s. “Really, I think I feared education.”

Now enrolled in the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program at Salish Kootenai College, Ramon talks about going for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in psychology at SKC once she has her GED.

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