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What a Treat to See Scholars Receive Awards

By American Indian College Fund - March 10, 2017

Post by Kimberly Urish, a Major Gifts Officer at the College Fund Photos by Jason S. Ordaz – Institute…

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Line Drawn: Standing With Standing Rock

By American Indian College Fund - February 3, 2017

by Deborah His Horse Is Thunder, Guest Contributor About the Author: Deborah His Horse is Thunder has worked for the…

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Early Childhood Expert Appointed to Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences

By American Indian College Fund - January 9, 2017

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz is Co-Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Senior Program Officer…

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College Fund Expert Lends Voice to Cell Phone Debate for Young Children

By American Indian College Fund - January 9, 2017

Choosing whether to allow a young child to have a cell phone can be a difficult decision for a parent.

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College Fund Honors Two Native Elders at Annual Dinner

By American Indian College Fund - December 9, 2016

The American Indian College Fund honors Della Bad Wound and Frank Sherwood, two American Indian elders from the…

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TCUs, Internships and College Fund “Steering Her on Her Journey”

By Staff of the American Indian College Fund - October 5, 2016

Student Profile: Robin School: Salish Kootenai College Robin’s journey from working in film to forging a career in the…

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Navigating College in Alaska

By Student Success Services - August 26, 2016

  Our Native Pathways team embarked on a trip to Alaska to visit Ilisagvik College and Barrow High School. I…

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Tribal College Students Experiencing First National Party Convention

By Staff of the American Indian College Fund - July 26, 2016

Tribal college students and Native Scholars Waycen and Brook are at the Democratic National Convention with our partner AT&T…

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College Fund Welcomes Three Summer Interns

By Staff of the American Indian College Fund - July 14, 2016

This year the College Fund welcomes three research interns to its staff. Internships, like scholarships, are an important piece…

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Traditions for Native Grads more than Feathers, Moccasins and Regalia

By American Indian College Fund - June 17, 2016

Last week the 2016 graduating class at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) celebrated its graduation. Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation…

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Tribe’s First Master’s Degree Recipient, Historian, and War Chief Dies at Age 102

By Staff of the American Indian College Fund - April 4, 2016

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Joseph Medicine Crow shows a drum to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle…

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Little Big Horn College President Honored at Annual Student Celebration

By American Indian College Fund - March 30, 2016

Dr. David Yarlott, President of Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont., honored by American Indian College Fund with…

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Stand With Native Students, Transform Lives

By American Indian College Fund - March 10, 2016

Cheryl Crazy Bull and the Native Scholars pose for a photo at the Flame of Hope Gala in New…

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Minnesota Tribal College Embraces Commercial Tobacco-Free Health

By Staff of the American Indian College Fund - February 4, 2016

As an institution that seeks to honor and embrace their culture, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) works diligently to model…

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American Indian College Fund A Sponsor of 2016 Montana Tribal College Career Fairs

By American Indian College Fund - February 1, 2016

The event is free and open to college students, high school students, nontraditional students, families, guidance counselors, and community…

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Emily White Hat Joins the College Fund as Project Manager of Native Arts & Energy Infrastructure

By Staff of the American Indian College Fund - January 4, 2016

Emily R. White Hat, J.D. has joined the American Indian College Fund as the Native Arts & Energy Infrastructure Project…

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Diné College Museum Wins National Award

By American Indian College Fund - December 22, 2015

Diné College is a shining of example of how tribal colleges provide a high-quality education while serving as the caretakers…

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Traditional Native Arts at the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums

By American Indian College Fund - October 2, 2015

In September of 2015, Bridget Skenadore, Native Arts and Culture Project Coordinator, presented at the 2016 International Conference of…

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Emeritus Trustee Gail Bruce Honored by Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative

By American Indian College Fund - March 13, 2015

American Indian College Fund emeritus trustee Gail Bruce was honored at a special reception on March 9 by the Metropolitan…

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Denver Elders Honored at Annual Feast

By American Indian College Fund - December 9, 2014

The University of Denver Cable Center hosted the annual Elders Dinner. Christmas came early for close to 300 American…

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Meet Our Summer Interns

By American Indian College Fund - July 31, 2014

The 2014 American Indian College Fund Interns worked for seven weeks in the Office of Research and Special Projects.

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Code Talkers Preserving Freedoms by Preserving Languages

By American Indian College Fund - May 25, 2014

Choctaw Code Talkers Today, we pay tribute to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms…

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Test your Flu I.Q. and Find a Flu Vaccine Clinic Near You with the New Protect the Circle of Life Widget

By American Indian College Fund - February 5, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new flu vaccination widget for American Indians and Alaska…

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Tribal College Brings Tradition to Life

By American Indian College Fund - November 7, 2013

Between July 15 and August 2, Leech Lake Tribal College held a Community Birch Bark…

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Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition

By American Indian College Fund - October 31, 2013

November is Native American Heritage Month and the theme this year is “Guiding our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition.” American…

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Annual Flame of Hope Fundraising Gala Raises More than $400,000 to Benefit Native Education

By American Indian College Fund - October 10, 2013

The American Indian College Fund is projected to raise $550,000 support Native student scholarships at its 18th annual Flame of…

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American Indian College Fund Annual Flame of Hope Fundraising Gala Raises More than $400,000 to Benefit Native Education

By American Indian College Fund - October 10, 2013

The American Indian College Fund is projected to raise $550,000 support Native student scholarships at its 18th annual…

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College of Menominee Nation Big Day in Pre-K

By American Indian College Fund - September 1, 2013

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The Honor in an Honorary Degree – By Hattie Kauffman

By American Indian College Fund - July 8, 2013

On June 15, 2013 Eastern Washington University presented me with an Honorary Doctorate. Yes, we all know that honorary degrees…

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American Indian College Fund Hosts an Open House and Opening Night of “Open Identities” a Printmaking Art Exhibition

By American Indian College Fund - May 8, 2013

The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) is hosting an open house, Friday, May 17, 2013, at 8333 Greenwood Blvd.,…

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Comcast Cares Day at the Denver Indian Center

By American Indian College Fund - April 30, 2013

On Saturday morning in Denver, the city got a respite from a month of freezing temperatures and several…

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Funders Meet Little Big Horn College President and Student

By American Indian College Fund - March 11, 2013

by Rachel Piontak On Friday, the Fund’s staff was given a rare treat: the opportunity to hear from…

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Community-Oriented, Inspirational, Cutting-Edge Education

By American Indian College Fund - February 27, 2013

A Navajo Technical College (NTC) nursing student demonstrates in the lab during a tour for the American Indian College…

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Holiday Memories

By American Indian College Fund - December 20, 2012

Historians say history needs to be learned so as to not repeat mistakes, but also to remember and acknowledge life’s…

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Twelve Years of Honoring the Denver Elders

By American Indian College Fund - December 12, 2012

  Denver’s community of American Indian elders seated at the hall at All Saints Church for the annual Elders…

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Dera: Think ‘Skin

By American Indian College Fund - November 28, 2012

Dera adorns a hand-made quill medallion at the annual AIHEC student conference in Rapid City. Growing up on the…

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Always In Transit

By American Indian College Fund - November 23, 2012

Director of CU Upward Bound Tanaya Winder Not too long ago a friend told me I was like the…

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Leaving Home to Fulfill a Destiny

By American Indian College Fund - November 15, 2012

Iva, presenting the results from the Blackfeet Community College during the convening of tribal colleges participating in the Woksape…

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Think Indian? Think Government

By American Indian College Fund - November 9, 2012

In 1961, during his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy delivered the memorable line in which he emphasized, “Ask…

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Join Us in Celebrating, Donating in November

By American Indian College Fund - November 9, 2012

Native American Heritage Month is a great time to show your support for Native American students in higher education.  We…

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Join Us in Celebrating Native Heritage Month

By American Indian College Fund - November 1, 2012

November 1 marks the start of National American Indian Heritage Month. All month long we will we celebrate the…

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Native Instructor Norma Marshall Shares Importance of a TCU Education

By American Indian College Fund - October 22, 2012

Norma Marshall of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma is…

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2012 Flame of Hope Gala Raises $650,000

By American Indian College Fund - October 12, 2012

Dance. Dream. Discover. The 17th annual American Indian College Fund (the Fund) Flame of Hope Gala raised more than $650,000…

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Audra Stonefish, Embrey Women’s Leadership Fellow, Shares Her Gratitude After D.C. Retreat

By American Indian College Fund - October 9, 2012

Embrey Women Leadership Group in DC. Here, they are in front of the embassy of tribal nations.

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Our Vote is Our Voice

By American Indian College Fund - October 4, 2012

The Ritchie Center debate hall at the University of Denver hosted the first 2012 presidential debate, on Wednesday,…

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President Crazy Bull Visits South Dakota

By American Indian College Fund - October 3, 2012

On Monday October 1st, my husband Alex Prue and I enjoyed a beautiful drive from the He Sapa (Black Hills)…

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Meet Dwight, Our Student Speaker for the Flame of Hope Gala!

By American Indian College Fund - September 21, 2012

Every year the American Indian College Fund’s Flame of Hope Gala affords our supporters a chance to meet our students…

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‘Champions’ earn honors at United Tribes Technical College

By American Indian College Fund - September 13, 2012

Photo by Thomas Hatzenbuehler/United Tribes News BISMARCK (UTN) – Champion dancers were crowned and an indigenous group from the…

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Woksape Oyate Projects Draws to a Close

By American Indian College Fund - August 29, 2012

After five years of building intellectual capital across Indian Country, the American Indian College Fund’s Woksape Oyate $17.5 million dollar…

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Amber: My Reason for College

By American Indian College Fund - July 30, 2012

I got my bachelor of arts degree in elementary education on May 6, 2012 at the University of Alaska…

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Student Blogger Amber: Summer Fishing

By American Indian College Fund - July 19, 2012

Amber holding a type of fish she caught known as “silvers.” My hometown, Unalakleet, is an Inupiaq village located…

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Native Students Travel to D.C. for Forum about Minority Health Issues

By American Indian College Fund - July 13, 2012

From left to right are United Health scholars D’Ayn DeGroat, Justine Correa, Karen King, Sheridan Cowboy, Gwendolyn Wagner at…

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Student Blogger Amber: Alaska Winters and Subsistence Living

By American Indian College Fund - July 6, 2012

Smokehouse with winter sunset in Unakleet I remember the cold winters we had in the past, but this winter…

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Meet Therese, Student Blogger from IAIA!

By American Indian College Fund - July 3, 2012

Therese is a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts I am Therese.  I just completed my first…

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Meet Lee, Student Blogger and NASA Student Intern, Kennedy Space Center

By American Indian College Fund - June 28, 2012

Lee Robinson My name is Lee. I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and I’m an enrolled member of the…

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Meet Amber, Ilisagvik College Student from Alaska!

By American Indian College Fund - June 18, 2012

Ilisagvik College student blogger Amber Hello all! My name is Amber. My Inupiat name is Kapuqqaq (pronounced “ga-bu-kuk”). I…

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Montana Tribal College Produces Native Firefighters

By American Indian College Fund - June 13, 2012

One thousand firefighters are in the back yard of the American Indian College Fund headquarters, battling Colorado’s third largest forest…

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Liberian Refugee Finds New Home at Tribal College

By American Indian College Fund - June 5, 2012

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) graduate Reginnah Weah had a lot to celebrate last week. Reginnah…

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“Hats Off” to the Class of 2012

By American Indian College Fund - May 24, 2012

Little Big Horn College Graduation at the LBHC Health and Wellness Center on May 11, 2012 in Crow Agency,…

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Graduations on the Warrior Trail

By American Indian College Fund - May 10, 2012

Little Big Horn College Graduation at the LBHC Health and Wellness Center on May 11, 2012 in Crow Agency,…

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AIHEC Student Conference Honors the Drum

By American Indian College Fund - April 12, 2012

  Coca-Cola students of the year Robin Fox from Fort Berthold Community College give College Fund president and…

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We Honor Our Native Women Leaders: International Women’s Day

By American Indian College Fund - March 8, 2012

Dr. Laurel Vermillion, President of Sitting Bull College, poses with Richard B. Williams of the Fund Did you know…

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University of Colorado Lauds Richard B. Williams for Distinguished Service to Native Community

By American Indian College Fund - December 19, 2011

Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, was given the Distinguished Service Award from…

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2011 Elders Dinner

By American Indian College Fund - December 13, 2011

  Indian Santa makes his way through the crowd bringing laughs and cheer to Denver’s community of American Indian…

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Why Preserve Native Cultures?

By American Indian College Fund - November 30, 2011

Although November is Native American Heritage Month, for the American Indian College Fund, our tribal colleges, and our students, we…

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College Fund Helping the Native Community for the Holidays

By American Indian College Fund - November 15, 2011

Panoramic view of the 2009 Elder’s Dinner.   The American Indian College Fund has caught the holiday spirit. The…

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The First Tribal College—Diné College

By American Indian College Fund - November 9, 2011

First class of baccalaureate graduates of Dine College, which marked its 30th Anniversary in 1998 as the oldest tribal…

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Natives Bring Chocolate to World, Chocolate Company Helps Natives With Scholarships

By American Indian College Fund - November 7, 2011

Native cultures in what is now Mexico are credited for introducing chocolate to the world. The Mayan culture used chocolate…

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November is Native American Heritage Month!

By American Indian College Fund - November 1, 2011

Please join the American Indian College Fund and the Native students and 34 tribal colleges…

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Klatt: 2011 Tribal College Tours – Montana

By American Indian College Fund - November 1, 2011

As an employee of the American Indian College Fund (the Fund), I had the opportunity to participate in one of…

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Annual Flame of Hope Gala Raises More Than $300,000 for Scholarships

By American Indian College Fund - October 20, 2011

  With the Rocky Mountains serving as a backdrop, guests to this year’s gala brought energy to the Seawell…

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They’re Off!

By American Indian College Fund - October 5, 2011

On Sunday, October 2, members of the American Indian College Fund and our long-time advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy,…

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Six Days In: Fund Supporter Dave Rogers Reports from the GR10 Trail in France

By American Indian College Fund - August 29, 2011

We should have paid more attention the first night in Bagneres to the sight of eight young guys limping down…

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Fund Supporter Dave Rogers Heads into the GR10, A Rough Hiking Trail in the Pyrenees, to Raise Awareness About the American Indian College Fund

By American Indian College Fund - August 22, 2011

Rogers entering the Pyrenees trekking trail. Dave Rogers has posted this photo of himself entering the wild mounts of…

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Fund Supporter Continues Last Year’s Great Pyrenees Challenge

By American Indian College Fund - August 17, 2011

Dave Rogers on his 2010 Pyrenees trip. Last year Dave had to abandon his fundraising trek at the mid-point…

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New Font Proceeds to Benefit the Fund

By American Indian College Fund - July 14, 2011

It was only fitting. The font of creativity at the Fund’s Portland, Oregon-based ad agency…

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We Salute Our Summer Graduates

By American Indian College Fund - July 3, 2011

Graduation ceremonies were held all over Indian country the last several weeks. So many of our scholarship recipients have worked…

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Tribal College Flood Relief Update

By American Indian College Fund - June 29, 2011

Volunteers from the local BIA assisting with food and cleaning supply distribution. Friends, Thank you for your outstanding response…

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Flooding Update – June 17, 2011

By American Indian College Fund - June 17, 2011

UTTC students helping the community prepare for the predicted flooding. We still need your help. The flooding crisis is…

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Tribal College Communities Battle Flooding

By American Indian College Fund - June 9, 2011

Flooding in Bismarck, N.D. Photo by Dennis Neumann of United Tribes Technical College. Thanks to your assistance to the…

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Flood Update: Montana, North Dakota Still Under State of Emergency

By American Indian College Fund - June 3, 2011

States of emergency have been declared for the state of Montana and 21 counties in North Dakota and two Indian reservations, including…

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Flooding Disaster in Montana and North Dakota Impacts Tribal Colleges

By American Indian College Fund - June 2, 2011

  Eastern Montana flooding on Crow Reservation Hundreds of American Indians have been displaced from their homes across Montana…

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American Indian College Fund Honors David Kennedy in Portland, Oregon

By American Indian College Fund - May 13, 2011

On April 28th,  many of the Fund’s long time donors, the Fund’s board of trustees, a contingent of Wieden +…

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2010 American Indian Elders Dinner A Success

By American Indian College Fund - December 14, 2010

The local drum group played for the attendees. What has 544 legs, 544 arms, 277 mouths, and eats 140…

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2010 Flame of Hope Gala Raises $385,000 for Student Scholarships

By American Indian College Fund - October 14, 2010

For 15 years, the American Indian College Fund’s Flame of Hope Gala has been vital to raising money…

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Meet an American Indian College Fund Scholar

By American Indian College Fund - October 4, 2010

Attending the American Indian College Fund’s Flame of Hope Gala this October 14 in Denver, Colorado at the…

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Arriving at the College of Menominee Nation

By American Indian College Fund - May 26, 2010

We arrived in Wisconsin on this fifth and penultimate leg of our trip to an unseasonably hot and humid climate…

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Northwest Indian College – Day 2

By American Indian College Fund - May 22, 2010

After an amazing visit in Tulalip, Phillip and I continued north to Lummi where we had the great fortune of…

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Northwest Indian College Visit

By American Indian College Fund - May 21, 2010

This week the tribal college tour continued to Northwest Indian College. We recruited former College Fund Media Manager Phillip Hillaire…

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Salish Kootenai College Visit

By American Indian College Fund - May 13, 2010

ARRIVING ON DAY 1 We arrived in Missoula, Montana on Sunday May 9 on this leg of our video project.

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SIPI Commencement Ceremonies

By American Indian College Fund - April 26, 2010

I have been on my own since Jonas returned to Portland and I found myself on the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic…

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Institute of American Indian Arts visit

By American Indian College Fund - April 23, 2010

We made our way from Crownpoint to Santa Fe to visit the Institute of American Indian Arts, “the nation’s only…

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Navajo Technical College – Filming Trip

By American Indian College Fund - April 20, 2010

Yá’át’ééh We drove in to Crownpoint late Sunday evening, dragging in the inclement weather is synonymous with the season’s spring…

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Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Honored

By American Indian College Fund - April 1, 2010

Making the transition to college is hard for anyone, but when a student is a first-generation college student, the transition…

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Congratulations to Our Tribal College Students of the Year and Dr. Robert Martin

By American Indian College Fund - April 1, 2010

Thirty-three tribal college students were honored at the AIHEC Student Conference in Chandler, Arizona for their achievements as being named…

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Ft. Lewis Tuition Waiver

By American Indian College Fund - January 21, 2010

We have been receiving calls and questions about the Ft. Lewis College (located in Durango, Colorado) tuition waiver and its…

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Intellectual Capital in Indian Country

By American Indian College Fund - January 15, 2010

This past week we spent two days hearing about the projects that the tribal colleges have been implementing over the…

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Elder’s Dinner Draws 200 Native Elders

By American Indian College Fund - December 15, 2009

Denver, Colo. – The Denver-based American Indian College Fund (the Fund) honored 200 American Indian elders in the Denver…

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Thank You for Making Our 2009 Flame of Hope Gala A Success!

By American Indian College Fund - October 28, 2009

Students at the 2009 Flame of Hope Gala in Denver, Colorado Neither, rain, nor sleet, nor 18 inches of…

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20th Anniversary Flame of Hope Gala Oct. 28

By American Indian College Fund - September 10, 2009

Irene Bedard, Benjamin Bratt and L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson, celebrity co-chairs of the American Indian College Fund’s 20th anniversary…

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