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Protect the Circle of Life: Please Get a Flu Vaccine

By American Indian College Fund - January 14, 2013

The flu season this year started early and is hitting the U.S. hard. American Indians and Alaska Natives, including college…

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Uqautchim Uglua at Ilisagvik College

By American Indian College Fund - January 10, 2013

Ilisagvik College’s Uqautchim Uglua, or ‘language nest’ program, celebrated important milestones in 2012. The school introduced an Iñupiaq…

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Croff: Look Up, Smile

By American Indian College Fund - January 9, 2013

When many American Indian students study at mainstream institutions, they experience culture shock. For many, it is the…

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Program supported to build and strengthen Iñupiaq language

By American Indian College Fund - December 27, 2012

Ilisagvik College President Pearl Brower was presented with a Proclamation of Support for the Uqautchim Uglua (language nest) Program…

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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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Native Charities and Winter Giving

By American Indian College Fund - December 19, 2012

In November I had the opportunity to attend my first professional gathering as the new President of the American Indian…

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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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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

By American Indian College Fund - December 5, 2012

Did you know American Indians and Alaska Natives are up to four times more likely than the general U.S. population…

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Siblings in Science: Breaking Boundaries in Indian Country in the Name of Native Pride and Native Science

By American Indian College Fund - November 29, 2012

Growing up in an urban environment was not easy for us. A lot of nights we weren’t sure whether or…

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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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Native American Heritage Month

Food for Thought: Stories from Sky’s Stomach

By American Indian College Fund - November 20, 2012

“You are what you eat” is a food saying I have already used on my blog, but for this particular…

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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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Oral Tradition: A Tool for Knowing Who We Are

By American Indian College Fund - November 13, 2012

I spent summers with family in Kaibab. When my aunt would speak Paiute to me, I did not understand at…

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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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Native American Heritage Month

Carrying on the Teachings

By American Indian College Fund - November 6, 2012

Yá’át’ééh, Shí éí Tó’aheedliinii nish?í, Persian éí báshíschíín. Kinyaa’áánii dashícheii dóó Persain dashshínálí. Lukachukai d???? íyisíí naashá, áádóó University of…

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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 a student adviser and instructor of Native…

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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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Advertisers Speak About Need for Diversity and Giving Back

By American Indian College Fund - October 10, 2012

Wieden+Kennedy founder and Advertising Hall of Fame inductee David Kennedy speaks about why his firm is committed to helping the…

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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, Oct.

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President Crazy Bull Visits South Dakota

By American Indian College Fund - October 3, 2012

Expansion New classroom being built as part of expansion of OLC immersion school On Monday October 1st, my husband…

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Tribal Colleges Rank as Top Degree-Producers for Native Students

By American Indian College Fund - October 1, 2012

For several years, Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine has listed the top schools that confer degrees to students of…

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Passion for Our People and Business Principles Make Successful Partnership

By American Indian College Fund - September 25, 2012

  Bruce DeBoskey, a Colorado-based philanthropic adviser for the DeBoskey Group, noted in a recent article in The…

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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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It’s Not Too Late, Join Us for the Flame of Hope Gala

By American Indian College Fund - September 21, 2012

Bunky is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer…

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Tribal College Hosts Early Childhood Teacher Education Kick-Off

By American Indian College Fund - September 14, 2012

Sacred Little Ones Kickoff for the Early Childhood Education Programs at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute…

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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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President's Blog

President Crazy Bull Reflects On Her First Week at the Fund

By American Indian College Fund - September 12, 2012

American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull writes a blog titled The Native…

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Education as a Tool to Eliminate Poverty

By American Indian College Fund - September 6, 2012

An interesting article about how education helps eradicate poverty, and why the federal government should make it a priority.

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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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Student Blogger, Therese: Gratitude

By American Indian College Fund - August 21, 2012

Expressing gratitude is a sometimes daily, sometimes bi-weekly ritual I practice. I am mindful to do this, especially when I…

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Student Blogger, Therese: Friends-Angels Among Us

By American Indian College Fund - August 15, 2012

During my summer season I have created some heart-fluttering, wake-up-smiling, indefinable memories with my friends, some of which have been…

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Student Blogger, Amber: Don’t Get Too Close

By American Indian College Fund - August 9, 2012

For the past month or so, I kept hearing rumors about bears walking around on the beach within city limits…

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Therese:The Summer Colors and Flavors of Indigenous Culture

By American Indian College Fund - August 6, 2012

A plethora of indigenous peoples and traditionally utilitarian and aesthetically captivating objects provokes inspiration for artists and is full of…

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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, Therese: Come on, Get Happy

By American Indian College Fund - July 27, 2012

The title is a song that has been skipping in my memory since I realized my feelings trumped my view:…

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Sharing Stories through Imagery: Pathways to Improving Early Childhood Education in Native Communities

By American Indian College Fund - July 26, 2012

Four tribal colleges who are grantees in the Kellogg Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Education Initiative…

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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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Student Blogger Therese: Summer Pastimes

By American Indian College Fund - July 18, 2012

We all have our favorite activities and pastimes that magnify the summer season.  Among the most common are reading novels…

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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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Native American Heritage Month

The Meaning of the Sacred White Buffalo

By American Indian College Fund - May 9, 2012

When a white buffalo calf, a male calf named Lightning Medicine Cloud, and its mother were slaughtered this week…

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Third Time Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator Makes American Indian College Fund Wise Investment for Donors

By American Indian College Fund - May 2, 2012

When Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluation system, awarded the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) a coveted four-star…

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New Pell Grant Policy to Hurt Non-traditional Native Students

By American Indian College Fund - April 23, 2012

Many non-traditional students reenter college many years after a first unsuccessful try at higher education. They may have been unsuccessful…

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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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Student Success

Technology Helps Youngsters With Native Language

By American Indian College Fund - April 10, 2012

You don’t have to wait until you are attending a tribal college to learn a Native language. There are now…

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Native students CAN fight diabetes

By American Indian College Fund - April 4, 2012

Many Native students are entering health care fields to stem the tide of diabetes that is engulfing Indian Country. However,…

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Native Students Honored at AIHEC Conference

By American Indian College Fund - March 28, 2012

Over the weekend the American Indian College Fund held two events at the AIHEC Student Conference. On Saturday night the…

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Stop by American Indian College Fund Booth at AIHEC

By American Indian College Fund - March 23, 2012

If you are a student attending the AIHEC conference in South Dakota, be sure to stop by the American Indian…

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Student Intern Bloggers Wanted!

By American Indian College Fund - March 22, 2012

We are looking for students to blog this summer about their internship experiences. Blogs would be for the duration…

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Kony 2012 Video Underscores Charities’ Need for Accountability to Donors and Communities

By American Indian College Fund - March 12, 2012

The Kony 2012 video, created by the nonprofit fundraising group Invisible Children, has touched a nerve with millions of people…

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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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Interested in a NASA Internship?

By American Indian College Fund - February 20, 2012

Outstanding American Indian students who are majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with at least a 3.0…

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The Making of Our Ad Campaign–See the Video

By American Indian College Fund - February 15, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a national advertising campaign? Wieden+Kennedy filmed a behind-the-scenes…

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American Indian College Fund Director, Joe Pytka, Receives One Club Honor

By American Indian College Fund - February 7, 2012

Contrary to the above headline, advertising legend Joe Pytka is most known for the hundreds of commercials he’s directed for…

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Northwest Indian College Team Selected for NASA Student Rocket Launch

By American Indian College Fund - February 6, 2012

Congratulations to Team SkyWalkers, Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) team that will be part of this year’s NASA Student…

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Student Punished for Speaking Native Language

By American Indian College Fund - January 31, 2012

A Menominee high school student in Wisconsin was punished for speaking her Native language there. She was teaching other students…

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How Tribal Colleges Reverse Boarding School Native Education Legacy

By American Indian College Fund - January 27, 2012

Education was a tool used by the U.S. government to try to assimilate American Indians. This Week in Indian Country’s piece, “Schools…

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Tucson Schools Bans Books by Native, Chicano, and Latino Authors

By American Indian College Fund - January 23, 2012

Tucson schools are banning The reading list of removed books in minority education includes works by acclaimed Native American, Chicano…

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Scholarships Available! Apply Today!

By American Indian College Fund - January 9, 2012

The American Indian College Fund is the largest of minority scholarship providers for Native American students nationwide. Yet many qualified Native students…

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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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Give a Native Child the Gift of Reading

By American Indian College Fund - December 9, 2011

American Indian children could benefit greatly from the gift of reading this holiday season. The statistics on Native high school…

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The Herman Lissner Foundation’s Remarkable Legacy Funds Native Business Scholarships

By American Indian College Fund - December 7, 2011

The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) received a remarkable gift this year. The Herman Lissner Foundation granted the Fund…

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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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What’s In A Name? Fund Re-Names Scholarship Programs

By American Indian College Fund - November 8, 2011

To better reflect our scholarships and serve our students, you may notice a difference in our scholarship names. We will be migrating…

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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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PSA Production goes to Oglala Lakota College

By American Indian College Fund - October 12, 2011

Rick Williams and Jake Locust set a plan for scouting locations in South Dakota. Our first day in South…

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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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Student Success

Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - September 23, 2011

This the tenth and final entry from the summer series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing…

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Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - September 6, 2011

This the ninth  part in a series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing about her internship…

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Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - August 31, 2011

This the eighth part in a series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing about her internship…

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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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Pyrenees Trekker Dave Rogers Hit By Storm on Trail

By American Indian College Fund - August 24, 2011

The night after the storm, I awoke to find my titanium tent pole bent from the wind. There…

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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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Student Success

Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - August 10, 2011

As some of you know from visiting museums, not everything that is displayed on exhibit is owned by that particular…

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NPS Intern Works to Safeguard Puebloan Cultural Heritage

By American Indian College Fund - August 1, 2011

NPS intern Deanna Diaz works to safeguard the cultural heritage of Mesa Verde National Park. After reading through a…

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Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - July 28, 2011

This is the fifth part  in a series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing about her…

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Guest Blog from Student Intern Wynette

By American Indian College Fund - July 22, 2011

This is the second entry from Wynette in a series of blogs from American Indian College Fund scholars…

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Guest Blog from Student Intern Wynette

By American Indian College Fund - July 18, 2011

Wynette interning at the Diné Policy Institute at Diné College, a tribal institute located in Tsaile, Arizona on the…

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Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - July 15, 2011

This is the fourth part  in a series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing about her…

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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 Wieden+Kennedy was presented…

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Student Success

Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - July 12, 2011

This is the third entry in a series of blog entries by our scholar Deanna, who is writing about her…

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Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

By American Indian College Fund - July 7, 2011

Deanna’s tent could not withstand the May snowfall at her camp at Mesa Verde. Deanna’s Adventures in Camping on…

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