Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


april 7, 2001 - Issue 33



Ken Pepion's is a Story of Success


by John McGill Glacier Triangle Reporter/Editor

It's a long way from Badger-Fisher Elementary school on the Blackfeet Reservation to teaching at Harvard University, but that's where education and hard work have taken Ken Pepion. Born on the Blackfeet Reservation March 25, 1952, he is the son of Eileen and LeRoy Pepion.

Badger-Fisher was one of the typically small, rural schoolhouses that dotted Blackfeet country in the not-too-distant past. It was named for the irrigation system nearby, explained LeRoy Pepion, and housed eight grades in one room. Ken went from there to Valier High School, from which he graduated in 1969.

Ken Pepion studied for his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Montana at Missoula, achieved his Master's at Montana State University and went on to earn his doctorate at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

While he is currently at Harvard, he is also the director of the Doctoral Scholars program at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. His focus includes minority student retention, minority faculty issues, science and mathematics, graduate education and higher education policy.

Ken has held positions in academic and student affairs at the University of Montana, Montana State University, the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. He is now on the board of directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Ken's parents, Eileen and LeRoy, hope his example might inspire young people in the area to pursue their dreams. "He came from a big family of nine kids and worked hard to get his education," said Eileen.

Harvard University Native American Program




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