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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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Tribal Colleges Build Storytelling Capacity to Increase Visibility

In response to the need for greater communications outreach at TCUs, the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) initiated a one-year pilot project to build communications capacity and visibility for TCUs. In November 2021, the College Fund moved forward with the project and selected a limited number of TCUs to participate.

Sovereign Nation Series: Native Votes Matter
Sovereign Nation Series: Native Votes Matter

I am asking my Indigenous relatives to vote despite, and because of, our knowledge about our history and contemporary experiences. Without our voices at the polls, we cannot rectify the ongoing harm to our people and to others that is a reflection of the political climate and how resources are distributed.

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SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming
SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming

SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Indigenous Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute utilized its Ihduwiyayapi grant to consult community and Indigenous thought leaders to improve the Indigenous Early Childhood Education program curriculum and develop a virtual dialogue series of 4 guest lectures featuring Indigenous scholars and teachers.

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...

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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    New Research On Indigenous Students And College Affordability

    ForbesSeptember 6, 2022

    An article in Forbes magazine reviewed the National Native Scholarship Providers’ recently released National Study on College Affordability for Indigenous Students. The study found that affordability is the main obstacle for Native students in completing college.

    top workplace 2022

    TCUs offer a low-cost, culturally inclusive education predominantly for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

    U.S. NewsAug 9, 2022

    U.S. News and World Report interviewed Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO, of the American Indian College Fund, tribal college presidents, and Carrie Billy, President of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, about tribal colleges and universities and how they serve Native American students and their communities.

    College Fund Ambassador/NASA Intern Engineer Hopes to Inspire Native STEM Students

    NASA - The Marshall StarJuly 6, 2022

    As an American Indian College Fund ambassador, engineer, and NASA intern, Nylana Murphy (Navajo) aims to inspire Native students and show them the “world is for (them).” Murphy shares her story in NASA’s newsletter.

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