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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month – an opportunity to not only celebrate who we are and where we come from, but also the future and where we are going. As our friend and ally, we invite you to join us!

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Tribal College Blanket Design Competition

Tribal College Students – Express your with a design and win up to $10,000 in cash, blankets, and scholarships!

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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.

$283.7M Invested into Native Communities

153,890 Scholarships awarded since 1989

Scholarships Distributed in 2021-22

Million Scholarships in 2021-22

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First-Generation Scholars Served in 2021-2022

Accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities Supported by Our Work

Native American Tribes Supported by Our Work

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Lionel R. Bordeaux, Wakinyan Wanbli, President of Sinte Gleska University for 50 Years, Departs for Spirit World
Lionel R. Bordeaux, Wakinyan Wanbli, President of Sinte Gleska University for 50 Years, Departs for Spirit World

Lionel R. Bordeaux, Wakinyan Wanbli, (Thundering Eagle), age 82, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation in South Dakota and the President of Sinte Gleska University, departed for the Spirit World on November 16. This is a tremendous loss for his family, Sinte Gleska University, the Rosebud Lakota Nation, and Indian Country. For all who knew him, he was a grounding force in stormy times; a paragon of goodwill, solidarity, and wisdom; and the heart and soul of the Tribal College Movement, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and the American Indian College Fund, to which he was fiercely devoted.

CAP, American Indian College Fund Kick Off Series Demonstrating How Investment in Tribal Colleges and Universities Builds Stronger Native Communities.
CAP, American Indian College Fund Kick Off Series Demonstrating How Investment in Tribal Colleges and Universities Builds Stronger Native Communities.

In the first column in a series on Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), the Center for American Progress partnered with the American Indian College Fund to examine how expanded funding for Tribal colleges and universities would help protect highly endangered languages, address systemic poverty, ensure Native students have access to a wide range of careers, and upgrade school infrastructure to assure safe classrooms and housing for students.

American Indian College Fund and Pendleton Woolen Mills Student Blanket Contest Opens November 15
American Indian College Fund and Pendleton Woolen Mills Student Blanket Contest Opens November 15

The American Indian College Fund and Pendleton Woolen Mills, the international lifestyle brand headquartered in Portland, Oregon, are announcing they are accepting submissions for The Tribal College Blanket Design Contest beginning November 15. All American Indian and Alaska Native students attending a tribal college or university are eligible to submit one or several designs in the competition, which awards scholarships and cash prizes to the top three designers.

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Finding the Trail Left for Us 
Finding the Trail Left for Us 

How do we reclaim what Indigenous education is in our communities? This is the question that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Child Development program is pursuing. Here are four lessons we have learned along the way.  A post by Govinda Budrow, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Ihduwiyayapi Project Administrator.

Returning to School Takes Courage: Akiiwaande’s Story
Returning to School Takes Courage: Akiiwaande’s Story

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College’s high school equivalency (HSE) program recognizes that one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Aakwa’ode’ewin (bravery), is displayed momentously by its HSE students. This is the story of one those students, Akiiwaande.

Professional Learning Community Supports Graduating Students
Professional Learning Community Supports Graduating Students

Author: Kim Owen, Graduation Coach Co-Author: Nahrin Aziz, Project Director For the past academic year, eight graduates-to-be and Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Graduation Coach, Kim Owen, met once a month to provide support toward successful course completion and...

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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    Support Needed for Native American Students

    yahoo! newsNov 3, 2022

    Native News Online has shared College Fund President and CEO, Cheryl Crazy Bull’s, most recent blog which highlights the importance of TCUs in serving Native students and as models of tribal sovereignty.

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    How the American Indian College Fund is Strengthening Early Ed in Native Communities

    Inside PhilanthropyOct 27, 2022

    Inside Philanthropy recently interviewed American Indian College Fund staff and provided an in-depth look at our indigenous early childhood education programming efforts.

    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.

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