Month: January 2012 Blogs

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Student Punished for Speaking Native Language

A Menominee high school student in Wisconsin was punished for speaking her Native language there. She was teaching other students how to say specific words, such as “hello,”, “thank you,” and “good bye” in her Native tongue. Her teacher said it was inappropriate because she could not understand what she was saying and therefore could not monitor her speech.

United Health Foundation Donates $50,000 to College Scholarships to New Mexico Students

United Health Foundation has donated $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund to help provide scholarships to nine New Mexico students preparing to pursue careers in health care.The contribution supports students through The United Health Foundation Tribal Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for American-Indian students who are committed to improving the health of their communities.

Meta Lilienthal Scholarship Fund Grants $20,000

The Palo Alto, California-based Meta Lilienthal Scholarship Fund has granted the American Indian College Fund $20,000 for scholarships for American Indian students attending tribal colleges and universities. The Meta Lilienthal Scholarship Fund was established by Ernest Lilienthal in the name of his wife. Meta Lilienthal, who died in 1947, was a pioneering feminist and an early supporter of minority rights and education.

How Tribal Colleges Reverse Boarding School Native Education Legacy

Education was a tool used by the U.S. government to try to assimilate American Indians. This Week in Indian Country’s piece, “Schools for Scandal,” illustrates the history behind U.S. policy to assimilate American Indians in boarding schools. Richard Henry Pratt, a former U.S. Army officer, summed up the government policy in the late 1800s that was carried forward into the early 1900s

Nancy Allison Perkins Foundation Grants $10,000 to American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund received a grant of $10,000 from the Illinois-based Nancy Allison Perkins Foundation for college scholarship support to American Indian students. “The generosity of the Nancy Allison Perkins Foundation is helping Native students earn college degrees while also giving hope to their families, communities, and Indian Country,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund.