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Month: July 2011 Articles

Guest Blog From Student Intern Deanna

On Monday of my second week at the park I began the longest project of my internship. Every year for over the past 20 years, Mesa Verde has held consultation meetings with the 24 affiliated tribes. My mentor, who has been in her position as a curator for a little more than a year, noticed that the notebooks containing the records of these consultation meetings with the tribes were becoming very fragile.

Four Tribal Colleges to Receive an Initial $800,000 Under Early Childhood Education Project

In April 2011, the American Indian College Fund announced a $5 million grant award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund four early childhood education projects located at tribal colleges and universities and serving Native children. Under the program, initial grant awards of $800,000 per college over a period of four years will be awarded to four tribal colleges whose submitted proposals best supported the goals and objectives of the program to improve young Native students’ skill acquisition; prepare them for grades K-12 and post-secondary education; improve the quality of early childhood teachers in Native communities through partnership opportunities with post-secondary teacher training programs at the tribal colleges; bridge early childhood and K-3 education; integrate Native language and culture into early childhood curriculum; and empower Native families and communities as change agents in education for their children.

Sysco Corporation Donates $15,000 to American Indian College Fund for Scholarships

Sysco Corporation, a global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products, donated $15,000 to the American Indian College Fund to support the Sysco Corporation Tribal College Scholarship Program. This program will provide 10 scholarships to American Indian students studying casino/gaming, hospitality, culinary arts, tribal administration, tribal management, tribal government, and/or business-related degree programs at the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz Joins the Fund to Manage $5 Million Early Childhood Education Initiative

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Ed.D. (Navajo) has been named Program Officer for the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” early childhood education initiative at the Denver-based American Indian College Fund. In her new role, Dr. Yazzie-Mintz is responsible for administering the $5,000,000 program funded by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish and strengthen early childhood development centers and teacher education programs at tribal colleges and universities