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Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones & K’é Family Engagement Initiative Presents: “SIPI YDI Community Planting Event”

By American Indian College Fund - May 11, 2015

  Blog By: Marissa Analla & Cassie Harden The Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones and K’é Family Engagement Initiatives presents Southwestern…

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College4Kids Program Features Pigs, Pancakes and Maple

By American Indian College Fund - April 10, 2015

If you give a pig a pancake — oh, the adventure you will have!  Maple sugaring was the theme for…

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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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Tribal College Students Embracing ECE Initiatives at NWIC

By American Indian College Fund - March 9, 2015

Things are moving fast at the Northwest Indian College and the Lummi community.  For the last three and a…

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NWIC Brings Family Engagement to Lummi Community

By American Indian College Fund - February 20, 2015

Our first Family Engagement activity was an Ey’ Snat Family Fun Night in September held in conjunction with…

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Tribal College Week Brings TCU Students to D.C.

By American Indian College Fund - February 19, 2015

The AIHEC student delegation in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of the American Indian during the AIHEC Winter…

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Native American Heritage Month

Traditional Native Arts Forms Building Capacity at TCUs

By American Indian College Fund - February 13, 2015

The American Indian College Fund has created a re-granting opportunity for Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to enhance the capacity…

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One the Road Again: Montana Tribal College Fair

By American Indian College Fund - January 31, 2015

We are on the road again in Montana for the 2015 Montana Tribal College…

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Scholar Seeks Engineering Degree to Contribute to Community Needs

By American Indian College Fund - January 29, 2015

Charmayne (Navajo), a Navajo Technical University student studying Building Information Modeling and Walmart Foundation Scholarship recipient through the…

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Walmart Foundation Scholarship Student Discovers New Horizons

By American Indian College Fund - January 29, 2015

Guest blog post by Ashley, a Pre-Health, Pre-Nursing student at Salish Kootenai College I was chosen to attend the American…

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College of Menominee Nation’s Ké’ Family Engagement

By American Indian College Fund - December 12, 2014

Family Engagement Activities—Lunching, Learning and Loving It! By: Cyndi Pyatskowit, College of Menominee Nation Project Director The…

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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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SIPI’s Native Harvest Feast Creates Sharing, Community Bonds

By American Indian College Fund - December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving is a time of sharing and community bonding. The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) Youth Development Incorporated (YDI)…

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Native American Heritage Month

Tribal Colleges Strengthen Family Engagement Through Early Childhood Education

By American Indian College Fund - November 14, 2014

In July 2014, The American Indian College Fund launched expanded efforts to support tribal colleges and universities in strengthening early…

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SIPI’s Ke’ Family Engagement Initiative Pumpkin Patch

By American Indian College Fund - November 1, 2014

Every year for Halloween, families and communities come together to give children an experience of laughter, festivities, and pumpkin…

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ECE Researcher to Present Poster at Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE)

By American Indian College Fund - September 19, 2014

The American Indian College Fund’s Wakanyeja Early Childhood…

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Shaping Native Early Childhood Education with Work and Commitment

By American Indian College Fund - September 17, 2014

This fall marks the final year of the initiative; reflection on the accomplishments of the four tribal college grantees spurs…

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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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Student Blogger, Ulrick talks about C.H.A.N.G.E.

By American Indian College Fund - June 6, 2014

Making a connection to your culture can be a struggle to the say least, but once you find it it…

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Code Talkers Preserving Freedoms by Preserving Languages

By American Indian College Fund - May 25, 2014

Today, we pay tribute to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. Memorial Day…

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Teacher of the Next Generation

By American Indian College Fund - April 30, 2014

Sasha Toribio, Zia Pueblo Hello my name is Sasha Toribio. I am from Zia Pueblo, located in Zia, New…

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Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education Initiative Goes International

By American Indian College Fund - March 14, 2014

The Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education (ECE) Initiative celebrates another milestone;…

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Brennan- Keepers of the Menominee Forest

By American Indian College Fund - February 20, 2014

It is estimated the Menominee Nation had owned nearly 10 million acres which comprised of eastern half of Wisconsin, Michigan’s…

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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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Student Blogger Ulrick: Songs of Tribute Echo in Laughter

By American Indian College Fund - January 13, 2014

Over the past month I’ve been stressed with the load of late homework because I’m a professional procrastinator, and…

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Welcome Our Guest Student Blogger!

By American Indian College Fund - November 27, 2013

Meet Ulrick Francisco, a social services major from Sells, Ariz. attending Tohono O’Odham Community College. Ulrick will…

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Crazy Bull: Why Tribal Colleges and Universities Matter

By American Indian College Fund - November 20, 2013

The 2013 tribal college presidents in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building. The week of…

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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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Sacred Little Ones program event brings tribal educators to Lummi

By American Indian College Fund - August 6, 2013

By Shelley Macy, NWIC Early Childhood Education Director On June 7, Lummi elders and community leaders,…

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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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Sacred Books for Little Ones

By American Indian College Fund - June 13, 2013

Nestled between the Lummi Bay and Bellingham Bay in Northwest Washington State, four tribal college early childhood education programs brought…

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SIPI Early Childhood Student is accepted into the Charles Carl Program at Yale University

By American Indian College Fund - June 4, 2013

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is proud to announce that Andrea Vicente, a student…

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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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Updates from the Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education Initiative

By American Indian College Fund - March 27, 2013

The ECED Special Topics course attended the Native American Child and Family Conference on Wed. March 20th at the Hotel…

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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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Staff Reflects on First Experience at Tribal Colleges

By American Indian College Fund - February 18, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and Navajo Technical College…

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Idle No More Brings Native Voices, Tribal Education to the Forefront

By American Indian College Fund - January 23, 2013

A group gathers for a round dance at the Colorado State Capitol on a cold Friday evening on Jan.

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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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Inside the College Fund

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 met last…

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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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Student Success

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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