During Native American Heritage Month (November) there is a lot of talk about what defines a Native American. To those of us at the American Indian College Fund, Native people are aspiring college students, college students, and college graduates. These Natives everywhere are using or want to access a higher education to be strong, successful, and vital to their communities.
Voting matters because legislators make decisions that impact our daily lives. They decide matters of public policy. They appoint boards. They vote on legislation that controls national, state, and local resources for education and natural resources. Most importantly, they allocate budget monies to their constituents’ priorities.
Self-Care starts with understanding what nourishes you, and what exhausts you. Two College Fund Scholars – Marcus Red Shirt (Oglala Lakota) from Haskell Indian Nations University and Elizabeth Ton (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin) from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, are sharing some self-care tips that help them to stay healthy and succeed at college:
Robin Maxkii is just one of our successful female scholars—a Stockbridge Munsee woman, a computer coder, and a passionate advocate for higher education for all Natives and women and girls in tech.
When I was in college, a guest speaker, a salesman, came to one of my classes. He said that when he traveled across the state of South Dakota, he drove quickly with a focus on getting away when he passed through the reservations.
To ensure that Native parents and communities control the education of their children while strengthening and creating a national dialogue about indigenous culture-based teacher education, the American Indian College Fund is co-sponsoring a pre-conference work session and will join four sessions on Native teacher education