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The American Indian College Fund provides financial support for Native American students and tribal colleges and universities, and also supports programs for institutional growth and sustainability and cultural preservation.

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Sovereign Nations Series: Flags Symbolize National Identity for Tribal Nations and TCUs
Sovereign Nations Series: Flags Symbolize National Identity for Tribal Nations and TCUs

June 14 is Flag Day, when the United States commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag, reflective of the status of the U.S. as a sovereign nation. The Stars and Stripes, recognizable throughout the world, prompted me to think about the symbolism of flags and their representation of national identity, such as that the U.S. flag represents. Tribal flags are also representative of sovereign nations. The celebration of Flag Day a suitable time to share insights into our history and our contemporary lives as Tribal people.


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The Mellon Foundation Awards $2,585,000 to American Indian College Fund
The Mellon Foundation Awards $2,585,000 to American Indian College Fund

The Mellon Foundation Awards $2,585,000 to American Indian College Fund Grant Supports Indigenous High School Students’ Paths to College, College Transfer Students, and College Retention Denver, Colo., June 8, 2022—The Mellon Foundation has awarded the American Indian...

A Dialogue with Diné Director Blackhorse Lowe
A Dialogue with Diné Director Blackhorse Lowe

Diné film and TV director Blackhorse Lowe met with the College Fund to speak about what it means to be an Indigenous director. Lowe grew up on the Navajo Nation hearing traditional and family stories and watching movies–lots of movies, which influenced his path on becoming a film and TV director.

American Indian College Fund Mourns David Kennedy

David Kennedy, co-founder of Wieden+Kennedy, the College Fund’s advertising partner for more than 30 years, passed away October 10. We honor his life and work.

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    American Indian College Fund Named a Top Colorado Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Denver PostMay 19, 2022

    We are delighted to report the College Fund is again on the list of best small companies to work for in Colorado! We know that our focus on our mission, Native values, and the communities we serve are why we excel year after year.

    Cleveland Guardians Inspires Endowment Fund

    MLBApril 13, 2022

    The Guardians have partnered with the American Indians College Fund to create the Cleveland Guardians Inspires Endowment Fund. This fund was created to support Native American high school students participating in the American Indian College Fund Native Pathways program who are interested in enrolling in an accredited college degree program to pursue their dreams of a career in professional sports.

    California to Provide Tuition Assistance to Native Students Attending Land Grant Universities

    MarketplaceMay 2, 2022

    Full Circle Scholar and UC Davis graduate Tori McConnell (Yurok) and Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, were interviewed by Marketplace about California’s announcement that it will provide tuition waivers for Native students attending land grant universities.

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