Cleta (Kirk) La Brie is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She is retired from AT&T as a Maintenance Administrator for new construction. After retiring she worked for California Indian Manpower Consortium as an Eligibility Specialist in the Community Services Block Grant Program. Then in the fall of 2011, Cleta started a new career goal, to earn a bachelor’s degree at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Cleta has two sons, Richard and Scott, and daughter in-law, Carol, who all three graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with their Bachelor’s degree. In 2017, Cleta graduated Magna Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in Indigenous and American Indian Studies, emphasis in Environmental Justice.
As a student at HINU, Cleta was the president of the Wetlands Preservation Organization. Participated in summer internships with NASA, the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Haskell’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, and the National Science Foundation (Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute).Outside of work Cleta enjoys spending time with her grand-dog, Penny, along with oil painting and quilting. [email protected]