Harvard Spotlight - TaNeel Filesteel, Harvard Summer School

TaNeel Filesteel, current Salish Kootenai College student
TaNeel Filesteel


HUNAP sat down with outgoing NIEA student board member, TaNeel Filesteel, for a quick update.

TaNeel spent the summer of 2012 at Harvard's Secondary School Program for high school students. In addition to taking a college-credit course through the program she also spent the summer as a HUNAP intern.

Time Well Spent

The Harvard Secondary School Program is an opportunity for high school students to attend an academic summer semester at Harvard, take courses, and live on campus like a normal college student. TaNeel Filesteel (Nakota, White Clay, Crow) said that her time at Harvard was an experience that she carried forward even to this day. While TaNeel was at Harvard she took a public-speaking course, had to be filmed every week and critiqued by all her classmates, which wasn't just other high school students, but college and grad students.

Outside of the classroom, TaNeel came on board HUNAP as a summer intern, along with two other Native high school students. One of their projects was creating a video that documented the small amount of knowledge people had about Native Americans, and more specifically, Natives at Harvard.


Future Pursuits

Since 2012, TaNeel has received numerous accolades and awards and is currently wrapping up her term as a student board member for the National Indian Education Association. Most recently, she has spent the past two summers working in her home community on the Fort Belknap Reservation as a Deputy Prosecutor.

TaNeel is currently enrolled as a full time student at Salish Kootenai College in Montana and when asked about her future plans stated that law school was on the horizon. So who knows, maybe HLS is in her future.

TaNeel Filesteel
TaNeel recently ended her term as a student board member of NIEA