Cadet Lafferty Selected for Prestigious BIA-BIE Youth Indian Police Academy

Cadet Lafferty Selected for Prestigious BIA-BIE Youth Indian Police Academy

Earlier this summer, Missouri Military Academy (MMA) Cadet Taylor Lafferty was one of only 30 applicants out of 917 chosen to partake in the inaugural Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Youth Indian Police Academy. The two-week program, jointly hosted by the BIA and BIE, was held at the Riverside Indian School Campus in Anadarko, Oklahoma from June 18 to 30, 2023. Lafferty is a member of the Sicangu/Oglala Lakota and will be a freshman at MMA in the fall of 2023. 

“I wanted to attend the Youth Indian Police Academy to learn more about law enforcement and their benefits to society,” said Cadet Lafferty. 

The Youth Indian Police Academy is designed to provide high school students with a holistic understanding of police work, including special weapons and tactics demonstrations, emergency medical services certification and various field trips for immersive learning experiences.

Cadet Lafferty said he enjoyed the teamwork aspects of the police academy. He participated in a leadership course where the attendees helped each other complete the activities. They also visited the U.S. Army Base Fort Sill. 

“I know Taylor's own accomplishments got him selected, but I also want to extend my heartfelt thanks to MMA for providing him with the foundational skills highly valued by this academy,” said Craig Lafferty, Cadet Lafferty's father.

This experience promises to shape Cadet Lafferty's future, foster new friendships and broaden his awareness of the career opportunities available to him in the future. We wish him all the best in his upcoming journey. From Mission, South Dakota, Cadet Lafferty is the son of Craig Lafferty.


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