Month: November 2012 Blogs

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Hilton Worldwide Grants $11,000 to American Indian College Fund for Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund received $11,000 from Hilton Worldwide for Native students studying hospitality, tourism, food services, or business at Blackfeet Community College, Mont.; Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Minn.; or Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, N.M. and those willing to intern with the company are eligible to apply.

Siblings in Science: Breaking Boundaries in Indian Country in the Name of Native Pride and Native Science

Growing up in an urban environment was not easy for us. A lot of nights we weren’t sure whether or not we would eat dinner. It was in the Eastside of London Ontario, Canada where the struggle of survival and the knowledge of the “real world” began. We were not exposed to our culture other than at powwows; we were not familiar with our traditional languages, nor did our family participate in ceremony. As adults we understand the power of ceremony, culture and prayer; this is something that we agree is beneficial if it is present every day.

Dera: Think ‘Skin

Dera: Think ‘Skin

Growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in south central South Dakota was a real experience. I have seen things that people only get to imagine as they read a book. Heck, some people in this country do not even know where South Dakota is.

Fund Ranks Amongst Nation’s Best Charities by Better Business Bureau

The American Indian College Fund, named to the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance, was listed in their ad in USA Today as an American charity to whom you can “give with confidence.” We are proud to have earned this designation. We are serious about how we steward your donation to serve our students and tribal colleges.

Annual Elders Dinner Set for December 11

The American Indian College Fund will host its Annual Elders Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on December 11, 2012, at All Saints Catholic Church Hall, 2559 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219.
The event is free and open to all Native Elders age 55 and older. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a gift presentation and appearance from Santa.

Always In Transit

Always In Transit

For me, this time of year means travel. It means recruiting for a program I care deeply about – the University of Colorado Upward Bound Program. My trips begin with a flight to a small town like Durango, Colorado or Fayetteville, North Carolina or in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sometimes I fly all day just to end up on a little commuter plane with two-seats on each side of the aisle, and fly through turbulence to land in a different place in a new state.

Food for Thought: Stories from Sky’s Stomach

“You are what you eat” is a food saying I have already used on my blog, but for this particular post I felt I should use it again to jump into the thought. November is Native American Heritage Month and I felt I should do the term some justice in this blog to show my pride. I am Tohono O’odham and I have a rich heritage.

Ojibwe Author Louise Erdrich Wins National Book Award

Louise Erdrich, 58, a celebrated writer, poet, and enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has won the National Book Award for her novel, “The Round House,” the second of a planned trilogy, set in her native North Dakota about an Ojibwe boy and his quest to avenge his mother’s rape.

Leaving Home to Fulfill a Destiny

Leaving Home to Fulfill a Destiny

went to work for the Blackfeet Tribe fresh out of high school.  I planned to work for just a year, and then go to college. That year turned into 22 years.  I went to college for the first time in my life just short of my 44th birthday. Had it not been for the Blackfeet Community College, I might not have ever gone to college. True, I had to start commuting 50 miles round trip again, but the upside was that my husband agreed to join me. He hadn’t ever gone to college either.