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KBOCC: Building the Bridge

By American Indian College Fund - October 12, 2017

by Cheryl LaRose, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Restorative Teachings Project Director “Elders are a bridge to…

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SIPI Parents Lead the Way

By American Indian College Fund - July 18, 2017

SIPI’s parents gather to collectively discuss upcoming Restorative Teachings activities. SIPI has worked hard to make sure its…

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Teachers Learn Techniques to Bolster Resiliency, Foster Classroom Connections

By American Indian College Fund - May 23, 2017

By Alicia Allard, Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center Director Native youth often face disproportionate challenges in their young lives.

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It’s More Than Just Telling a Story!

By American Indian College Fund - May 11, 2017

by Cyndi Pyatskowit, College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Restorative Teachings Project Director Through storytelling, the Menominee are keeping their tribal…

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Salish Kootenai College’s Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Initiative Project

By American Indian College Fund - May 3, 2017

by Kathie Maiers, Salish Kootenai College Project Coordinator; Cindy O’Dell, Salish Kootenai College Restorative Teachings Project Director; and Amy Burland…

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Connections That Create Health, Wellness and Security

By American Indian College Fund - March 15, 2017

The Iñupiat family engagement event was held at the Aimaaġvik Assisted Living Center to celebrate the season with the…

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BIMAADIZIWIN: “A Healthy Way of Life” Through Family Fun Night

By American Indian College Fund - March 3, 2017

    An example of a “Family Fun Event Planning”, is the engagement of a mother and son working…

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Guide for Educators First To Feature Tribal College Professionals’ Work

By American Indian College Fund - March 2, 2017

Danielle Lansing, an instructor at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), a Tribal College in Albuquerque, New Mexico presenting culturally-based…

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NWIC Restorative Teachings Holiday Cedar Weaving and Storytelling Event

By American Indian College Fund - January 31, 2017

Grilled salmon caught by Lummi fishermen was served at NWIC family engagement event. On a blustery and bitterly cold…

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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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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Makes Beautiful Changes Through the Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative

By American Indian College Fund - December 23, 2016

Boozhoo (hello) from all of us here at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC). Fall is upon us and…

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community College Builds Critical Partnerships Through Community Based Training Through Brazelton Touchpoints Center

By American Indian College Fund - December 22, 2016

The American Indian College Fund supports four tribal colleges in work to strengthen Native early childhood education under the Restorative…

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Informational Texts Connect!

By American Indian College Fund - December 21, 2016

Cyndi Pyatskowit wearing Menominee bone necklace. Children read better and more when they have access to culturally relevant books.

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Empowering Young Lakota Learners Through Restorative Teachings

By American Indian College Fund - December 20, 2016

The Lakhól’iyapi Wahóhpi (Lakota Language Nest) is a 100% Lakota language immersion preschool located at Sitting Bull College in…

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Sitting Bull College Kicks Off Restorative Teachings Project

By American Indian College Fund - October 17, 2016

Lakól’iyapi Wahópi Lakota activity cards. The American Indian College Fund’s (College Fund) Tribal College and Universities (TCU) Early Childhood…

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Community Supports Northwest Indian College Garden Curriculum

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - September 15, 2016

On August 4th, members of the Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative Coordinating Team visited Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC)…

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Gardening Event Embraces Restorative Teachings

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - September 13, 2016

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s (SIPI) Restorative Teachings team gathered for our annual “Community Planting Event.” Every April for the…

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SIPI Launches Restorative Teachings Initiative

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - May 27, 2016

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s (SIPI) Early Childhood program, together with the Youth Development Incorporated (YDI) happily launched…

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Northwest Indian College Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative, May 2016

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - May 27, 2016

Spring is in full bloom here at the Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Early Leaning Center, and the College Fund’s…

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Navajo Technical University’s Commencement Provides Glimpse Into the Future

By American Indian College Fund - December 19, 2015

NTU granted seven baccalaureate degrees at its Fall 2015 Commencement, one in Industrial Engineering and six in Early Childhood…

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Helping Native Youth Succeed With Culturally Responsive Education

By American Indian College Fund - October 7, 2015

Living conditions on American Indian reservations and in Alaska Native villages are often compared to those in third…

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College Fund Research Intern Presents at National Family and Community Engagement Conference

By American Indian College Fund - July 13, 2015

Yá’át’ééh! My name is Cassandra Harden. I am a graduated from  Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) with an associate’s degree…

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Ké’ Family Engagement : It’s Too Easy to Get Caught Up in the Craze of Today’s World

By American Indian College Fund - June 15, 2015

Written by: Michelle Wilson Justin Guillory, president of Northwest Indian College . In the life of a parent, there…

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Pueblo of Jemez –Photo Voice Showcase

By American Indian College Fund - May 12, 2015

Presented by Alyssa Yeppa and Stacie Barney Introducing Lana Toya Our Parent Photo Voice team had the great…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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