Powtawche Valerino: An Embodiment of Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance

Powtawche Valerino is mixed Mississippi Choctaw and African American Mechanical Engineer Powtawche was on the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Reserve to her Choctaw Mother and African-American Father. She spent her early years on the reserve and was enrolled as a member of the tribe. When she was ten her family moved to New Orleans. After watching the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion on

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