As we head into 2010, we at the American Indian College Fund would like to thank you for your support over the past 12 months and your commitment to creating new beginnings for American Indian in the new year ahead.
It’s not too late! You can still make a tax-deductible gift to the American Indian College Fund by 12/31/09. The Fund is helping change lives, one person at a time, in Indian Country by helping students achieve a college education.
The Denver-based American Indian College Fund (the Fund) honored 200 American Indian elders in the Denver community at a holiday dinner on December 15 at the Church of All Saints. In American Indian tradition, “Elders are highly esteemed for their direction and are considered to be sacred,” says Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the Fund.
The U.S. government has settled a long-running lawsuit over royalties owed to American Indians. The Interior Department will distribute $1.4 billion to more than 300,000 tribe members to compensate them for historical accounting claims, and to resolve future claims. The department also will spend $2 billion to buy back and consolidate tribal land lost by previous generations.
SHOOT Magazine, the leading publication for commercial and entertainment production, announced that Wieden+Kennedy, the Fund’s pro-bono advertising agency, has been selected as its 2009 Advertising Agency of the Year. A Feature section on Wieden+Kennedy was part of SHOOT’s special Year-End Issue published in December.
It’s always hard to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. One donor shared that instead of purchasing another gift for her mother, a retired registered nurse, who claimed she didn’t need any more “stuff,” she decided to donate money for a nursing scholarship to the American Indian College Fund in her mother’s name.