The American Indian College Fund was awarded the $10,000 grand prize in CPA firm Eide Bailly’s Resourcefullness Award 2017 for Colorado. An independent panel of judges from Colorado non-profits chose the College Fund based on its relationship with for-profit Pendleton Woolen Mills in creating Pendleton’s American Indian College Fund collection.
Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, spoke on Comcast Newsmakers in Washington, D.C. in November about the need for strong support systems to further Native Americans’ academic and professional success. View the video below.
Native American Heritage Month is a special time of the year for us when we celebrate our history and heritage with our friends and neighbors. We are able to celebrate the wonderful things that make being Native unique, and it also gives us time to reflect on many of those aspects that bind us together as humans.
Recently, I’ve been reflecting on how important it is to be able to identify myself using terms that are personal to me; and the impact that has for all of us in the way we feel self-confidence and pride in our individuality. Perhaps you define yourself by the job you do or the language you speak. Or maybe you identify yourself by your skin color, sexual orientation, or what part of the world you grew up in.
The American Indian College Fund leads the nation in supporting development of culturally relevant early childhood education programs at tribal colleges and universities to secure the health and wellness of young Native learners and their families. Inspired by its work under its Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education initiative, the College Fund will host the Tribal Indigenous Early Childhood Network (TIECN) Forum on November 15 at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The #CollegeBoundNative Campaign encourages high school seniors to apply for college. Native Americans are the least likely of any group to go to college. But college is essential to many careers, which require a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree. The American Indian College Fund is setting out to change that statistic—and the future of Native students—through a campaign to get more Native high school seniors to apply for college.