Marilyn Craig | May 4, 2014 | Tulsa Native American Times
At the tender young age of three, Elizabeth Bird set some life goals for herself. Two of those goals were related to education to graduate high school with honors and to graduate from college.
She attained these goals and became the first female student from Tahlequah, Oklahoma not only to attend but to also graduate from the University of Notre Dame. She is also the first Keetoowah Cherokee to attend this prestigious university.
She graduated with a BA degree in American Studies from Notre Dame and later continued her education by getting a BA degree in Christian Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Elizabeth had no trouble navigating through the student body to emerge a leader, and as a student, she served as President of the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame for two years. NASAND is a student organization devoted to promoting the awareness of the Native American presence and native issues on the Notre Dame campus, as well as providing a supportive environment for Native American students at the university.