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Help Tribal Colleges Get Federal Appropriations

By American Indian College Fund - February 26, 2009

In August 2008 former President George W. Bush signed Congress the Higher Education Reauthorization and College Opportunity Act of 2008…

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Moving Forward In a Bleak Economy

By American Indian College Fund - February 9, 2009

Despite the bleak economic indicators, including a high jobs loss report at the end of January, there is reason to…

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When Old Friends Go On…

By American Indian College Fund - February 5, 2009

I was personally saddened when my friend and former tribal college resident and veteran of the tribal college movement, Sky…

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Think Indian public service advertisement campaign launches

By American Indian College Fund - January 26, 2009

The Fund is rolling out a new public service announcement campaign titled THINK INDIAN. The campaign tells the story…

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Gracism or Post-Racial Society?

By American Indian College Fund - January 18, 2009

On the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration, many people across the land are openly excited. Others may be openly antagonistic.

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Wondering How to Apply for College Scholarships?

By American Indian College Fund - January 12, 2009

Debra Reed of the American Indian College Fund will be discussing how to prepare for scholarships on Native America Calling…

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The Fund Marks its 20th Anniversary

By American Indian College Fund - January 6, 2009

Here at the Fund we are celebrating 20 years as the nation’s premiere scholarship organization for American Indian students. The…

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Happy Holidays!

By American Indian College Fund - December 23, 2008

Waniyetu ki lecunhan wicozani luha na iyokipiya yaunkte. -Lakota GreetingTranslation: May the beauty of this season bring you peace,…

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Native Colleges: America’s Best Kept Secret

By American Indian College Fund - December 22, 2008

Check out this excellent article about tribal colleges and the disparity in funding between them and HBCUs which appeared on…

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In Memory of Deborah Yarlott

By American Indian College Fund - December 22, 2008

On Friday evening, Dec. 19, Dr. David Yarlott’s beautiful wife, Deborah, passed on. We are heartbroken to have lost such…

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Honoring Our Elders

By American Indian College Fund - December 15, 2008

Tomorrow night in Denver the American Indian College Fund honors the local elders with a buffalo feed for the holidays.

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Sustainable Giving

By American Indian College Fund - December 9, 2008

There has been a lot of talk in the news about sustainability in energy, in business, and more as we…

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Heading into the Holiday Season

By American Indian College Fund - December 1, 2008

As we head into the holiday season, I would like to issue a challenge: the best gift of all is…

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Giving Thanks

By American Indian College Fund - November 25, 2008

As we celebrate everything that we have to be thankful for, I want to thank each and every one of…

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National Indian Heritage Month

By American Indian College Fund - November 17, 2008

November is National Indian Heritage Month, and city, state, and private events are being held across the nation to mark…

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Veteran’s Day

By American Indian College Fund - November 10, 2008

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. Our Native peoples have a long history of fighting for our country. Per capita more American…

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Yes We Can!

By American Indian College Fund - November 5, 2008

With the historic victory of President-elect Barack Obama, we learned an important lesson last night. Regardless of your political affiliation,…

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Watch for Our New PSA Campaign

By American Indian College Fund - October 22, 2008

We’ve been busy at the Fund, readying for the Flame of Hope Gala a week from today in New York…

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There’s Still Time to Join Us in New York!

By American Indian College Fund - October 14, 2008

American Indian families have the lowest incomes in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. American Indian students often…

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Join Us Oct. 29 for the Flame of Hope Gala!

By American Indian College Fund - September 25, 2008

We hope you will join us at the Fund to celebrate 40 years of tribal colleges at the 13th annual…

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Financial Mess

By American Indian College Fund - September 16, 2008

It’s been a crazy week, and it’s only Tuesday. With the announcement of Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers’ insolvencies, the…

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In Montana

By American Indian College Fund - September 9, 2008

I am writing from Montana, where I am with several friends of the Fund on a Journey for the Mind…

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Welcome back, students!

By American Indian College Fund - September 5, 2008

Labor Day weekend is officially over, and with it, summer has ended. That means one thing in the world of…

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Tribal College President to Speak at Democratic National Convention Today

By American Indian College Fund - August 26, 2008

United Tribes Technical College President Dr. David M. Gipp has been invited to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver,…

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An Obligation to End High-School Drop-Outs

By American Indian College Fund - August 18, 2008

Gail Torreano, president of AT&T Michigan, recently wrote in the Detroit Free Press about the nation’s drop-out problem, especially among…

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On Being An Indian

By American Indian College Fund - July 29, 2008

Last week I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Association of American Indian Physicians. What a wonderful group…

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Heading into the Future

By American Indian College Fund - July 21, 2008

The American Indian College Fund board of directors spent Friday of last week brainstorming and planning for the organization’s five-year…

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Hard at Work on a New Video

By American Indian College Fund - July 7, 2008

Today we are hard at work, filming a new video, bringing information to our donors about the mission of the…

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Things to Remember on Independence Day

By American Indian College Fund - June 30, 2008

American Indians are citizens of not only the United States, but our own nations, as well as citizens of the…

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Rising Fuel Costs Will Affect American Indian Education

By American Indian College Fund - June 18, 2008

As gas prices soar to over $4 a gallon, the costs are affecting everyone. But no one is hit harder…

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Graduation Time

By American Indian College Fund - June 3, 2008

This time of year is a time of celebration. Families across Indian Country are gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of…

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See You in Dallas!

By American Indian College Fund - April 28, 2008

The Fund is hosting a special event in Dallas, Texas to celebrate 40 years of tribal colleges this Thursday, May…

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Vote for The Fund in the National Geographic Geotourism Challenge

By American Indian College Fund - April 22, 2008

The American Indian College Fund has entered its Journeys for the Mind and Spirit in the National Geographic Geotourism Challenge.

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Help Honor the Code Talkers!!

By American Indian College Fund - April 21, 2008

Language peservation is an important part of tribal college curriculum. But did you know that native languages have helped keep…

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We Are the Number One Indian Education Charity in American

By American Indian College Fund - April 14, 2008

Last week we spent close to three days in brainstorming sessions with a direct mail team to strategize for new…

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Education Renews

By American Indian College Fund - March 24, 2008

I just returned from the AIHEC student conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, where I had the opportunity to meet with…

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AIHEC Founder Visits Fund

By American Indian College Fund - March 11, 2008

Today at the Fund we had a real treat. John Emhoolah Jr. (Kiowa), one of the founding members of the…

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In Memoriam

By American Indian College Fund - March 3, 2008

To honor the father of Rick Williams Joel Calvin Williams, Jr.Born: December 30, 1930Died: February 26, 2008…

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Leaping Forward

By American Indian College Fund - February 28, 2008

February 29 is leap year. I’d like to recognize the signifiant leaps forward that the Indian community has made on…

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A Need for a U.S. Apology

By American Indian College Fund - February 19, 2008

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offered a public apology to the Aboriginal people of that nation last week. He told…

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Follow Your Heart

By American Indian College Fund - February 11, 2008

It may seem like the tried and true thing to write about as we approach Valentine’s Day, but the advice…

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Perseverance

By American Indian College Fund - February 6, 2008

The New York Giants’ win in Sunday’s Super Bowl was a lesson to people in any vocation of what it…

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Welcome Ilisagvik College!

By American Indian College Fund - February 1, 2008

It was 27 below zero degrees Fahrenheit in Barrow, Alaska, and there were five hours of sun yesterday. But don’t…

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Celebrating Our Diverse Heritage

By American Indian College Fund - January 21, 2008

Today marks the national observation of Martin Luther King Day. The American Indian College Fund is closed to observe the…

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Reflections on Change

By American Indian College Fund - January 8, 2008

In today’s world an education is necessary more than ever. The economy is global, competition for jobs comes from outside…

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Resolving to Make A Difference

By American Indian College Fund - January 4, 2008

If you resolved to make a difference in the world around you, to help others to achieve their education goals…

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Language and Culture Empower Our Youth

By American Indian College Fund - December 17, 2007

I want to thank a reader of Money magazine who wrote that he was shocked by our ad campaign, “If…

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A Time to Give

By American Indian College Fund - December 10, 2007

The holidays are a traditional time of giving: to family members, friends, and philanthropic causes. American Indians have a long…

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Chrysalis

By American Indian College Fund - November 28, 2007

The author at age 18. I received a letter from Ann Marie Donoghue from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center about…

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A Lot to Be Thankful For…

By American Indian College Fund - November 19, 2007

We at the Fund have a lot to be thankful for this year. Our individual, corporate, and foundation supporters are…

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Flame of Hope Gala A Success

By American Indian College Fund - November 12, 2007

Thanks to all of you, our supporters, the Fund raised $400,000 to support student scholarships at the Flame of Hope…

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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

By American Indian College Fund - October 31, 2007

Tomorrow marks the beginning of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. We celebrate the contributions that American Indians and…

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Flame of Hope Gala

By American Indian College Fund - October 24, 2007

The 12th Annual Flame of Hope Gala is a little more than a week away. I hope to see you…

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Native American Heritage Day

By American Indian College Fund - October 15, 2007

The American Indian College Fund supports Senate Bill S. 1852, “the Native American Heritage Day Act of 2007,” which would…

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The Fund Serves as Consultants for Eddie Murphy movie

By American Indian College Fund - October 11, 2007

The Fund was asked to serve as a cultural consultant for the filmmaker Eddie Murphy’s comedy, “Nowhereland,” which…

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Fall Frenzy

By American Indian College Fund - October 3, 2007

Fall is harvest time, and here at the Fund, we have been busy working to bring in funding for scholarships,…

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Hope on the Rez

By American Indian College Fund - September 11, 2007

It’s been almost nine months in the making, and like a birth after a nine-month wait, we are ready to…

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New Beginnings

By American Indian College Fund - August 28, 2007

I sat down this morning with three of my grandchildren before they left for their first day of school. I…

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In A Good Way

By American Indian College Fund - July 11, 2007

It seems that wherever I go, I meet people who are interested in what we are doing here at the…

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