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American Indian College Fund Receives $5.315 Million to Support Indigenous Early Childhood Education

Denver, Colo.—October 6, 2021– The American Indian College Fund’s Indigenous Early Childhood Education program is poised to continue its work at tribal colleges and universities over the next four years thanks to a $5,315,000 grant from the Bezos Family Foundation.

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Samantha Maltais, American Indian College Fund Law Scholarship Recipient, Interviewed Live on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

Better Business Bureau Names American Indian College Fund A Charity for Juneteenth Donations

In recognition of Juneteenth being recognized as a federal holiday, the Better Business Bureau included the American Indian College Fund in its list of charities that meet the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability (i.e. are BBB Accredited Charities) that address civil rights, free speech, legal rights, and related topics. The national charity watchdog also included a link to donation tips for supporters interested in supporting the College Fund and other organizations in recognition of the holiday.

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Samantha Maltais, American Indian College Fund Law Scholarship Recipient, Interviewed Live on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

College Fund Law Scholar Interviewed by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

Samantha Maltais, the American Indian College Fund Law Scholarship recipient headed to Harvard Law School, was interviewed last night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell program on MSNBC live. She gave a shout-out to the College Fund for her law scholarship, the Full Circle Scholarship program that funded her education at Dartmouth, spoke about murdered and missing Indigenous people, and shared her career goals.

See the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XnWg1wiAiQ

Green Collar Jobs TCUs Can Provide Training

Green Collar Jobs: TCUs Can Provide Training

“Green collar jobs” in the environmental sciences and sustainable energy are a path to the middle class, yet Indigenous people are underrepresented in the field. Read more about the issue, learn about how tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), TCU student Jasmine Neosh, and the American Indian College Fund are working to fill the training gap.

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Piikani language students receive language kits to take home

Piikani Language Students Receive Kits for Home Use

Students studying the Piikani language at Blackfeet Community College (BCC) receive language kits to take home, thanks in part to support from the American Indian College Fund. As a special note, Iva Croff, Division Chair of Humanities in Liberal Studies & Piikani Studies, is a former American Indian College Fund scholar who started out earning a certificate to operate heavy equipment. She was such a dedicated and accomplished student that her professors encouraged her to earn an associate degree. She went on with her education after graduating from BCC, earning a master’s degree and going full-circle, returning to her home TCU to teach. Piikani language is her passion.

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Native American community colleges see enrollment declines - Marketpl_ - www.marketplace.org

TCUs See Enrollment Declines Due to COVID-19

Freshman enrollment dropped more than 25% across Montana tribal colleges and universities last fall, and nationwide all Native American student enrollment experienced the largest drops nationwide. Montana Public Radio reporter Aaron Bolton speaks to President Cheryl Crazy Bull of the American Indian College Fund, tribal college presidents, and tribal college students about how COVID-19 and the digital divide in Montana’s rural reservation areas fueled many students’ decisions not to enroll or return to college last fall. https://www.marketplace.org/2021/04/14/native-american-community-colleges-see-enrollment-declines-because-of-covid-19/

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Confirmation of Rep. Haaland to Have Positive Impact on Native Education

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President of American Indian College Fund, says the confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland, a Native American, as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, would have a positive impact on education for Native people. Listen to the story here: https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2021-03-11/education/native-americans-anticipate-educational-impact-with-haaland-at-helm/a73479-1

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Varying Viewpoints Podcast: "Resisting Colonial Racist Behaviors at Tribal Colleges"

Varying Viewpoints Podcast: “Resisting Colonial Racist Behaviors at Tribal Colleges”

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series by Proctor Institute, Leah Hollis, Visiting Scholar there, interviewed Joseph Angel de Soto, a STEM Professor at Diné College, a tribal college in Tsaile, Arizona.

https://soundcloud.com/user-219882508/resisting-colonial-racist-behaviors-at-tribal-colleges

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