I have had the unique opportunity to work under Dr. Michael Ceballos at the Native American Research lab at the University of Montana for three years (HCN, 5/2/11). I am half Puerto Rican and half Native American (enrolled). I grew up very much immersed in both of my cultural backgrounds. Being Native American is more than self-identification; it's about practicing cultural knowledge, traditions, beliefs and community. I can say from firsthand observation and experience that this sense of culture is instilled in Dr. Ceballos, and he is very much aware of the challenges his tribal students face. My experience in the lab has been welcoming and a learning experience. Dr. Ceballos has been an active mentor and a friend in my academic career. I am thankful for all that Michael has done for me and wish him all the best in his future endeavors!