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College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute Names New Director

Jennifer Gauthier has been named the Director of the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN). Jennifer will assume leadership of SDI on September 11, 2023. SDI was organized in 1993 by tribal community leaders representing a broad spectrum of institutional interests including governance, commerce, education, and natural resource management.

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Danny Luecke of Turtle Mountain Community College and Dr. David Sanders of American Indian College Fund Co-author Research on Growing Math and Dakota/Lakota Language Fluency Together

The focus of tribal colleges’ work is to seek connections between the cultures and heritage of the Indigenous communities they serve and mainstream education curricula. Danny Luecke (enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), a member of the Teacher Education Department at Turtle Mountain Community College, and Dr. David Sanders (enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe), Vice President of Research at the American Indian College Fund, explored the connections between math content, local culture, and the classroom.

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College Fund in the News

Higher Education Leaders Respond To Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling

ForbesJune 30, 2023

Forbes offers perspectives from several higher education experts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down affirmative action and shares hope for colleges and universities to still achieve diversity with a little bit of creativity.

Barack Obama says affirmative action ‘allowed generations of students like Michelle and me to prove we belonged’

Yahoo! NewsJune 30, 2023

In sharing his own experience with affirmative action, Former President Barack Obama also noted the American Indian College Fund and other organizations that support students who have historically been systemically excluded from pursuing higher education. Learn more in the article shared by Yahoo.

Native Bidaské (Spotlight): Emily White Hat Speaks About College Fund’s New Teacher Education Program

Native News OnlineMarch 30, 2023

Native Bidaské (Spotlight) is a live interview program on Native News Online, a leading Native media outlet. This week Levi Rickert, Publisher and Editor, interviewed Emily White Hat about the need for Native teachers as role models and leaders in their communities and the American Indian College Fund’s new program to encourage Native community members to enter the teaching profession.

United Health Foundation working to diversify the health workforce

UHGMarch 7, 2023

The new Diversity in Health Care Scholarship program is advancing this goal—and United Health Foundation’s commitment to addressing this need will include the American Indian College Fund by providing scholarships for current and future Native health professionals.

Ask Amy Names American Indian College Fund a Charity of Choice for Second Year

Ask AmyDec 26, 2022

Nationally syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson has named the College Fund as a charity of choice for the second straight year in her column, “Ask Amy.” This honor speaks highly of the work we do every day to provide access to higher education and programs for the continued success of Native students.

iHeart Radio Interview with Cheryl Crazy Bull – We Can Do This

iHeart RadioDec 15, 2022

iHeart Radio shared an interview with American Indian College Fund President and CEO, Cheryl Crazy Bull, as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “We Can Do This” campaign.

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Four National Native Scholarship Providers Release National Study on College Affordability for Indigenous Students (logos)

National Native Scholarship Providers Statement on Affirmative Action

The four organizations that comprise the National Native Scholarships Providers (the American Indian College Fund, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Cobell Scholarship Program administered by Indigenous Education, Inc., and Native Forward Scholars Fund) are disheartened by the June 29th Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action and the potential impact it may have on our scholars.

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Student Biographies

Student Biography Samantha Maltais

Jasmine (Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin)

Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s degree in public administration from the College of the Menominee Nation last May and began her studies at the University of Michigan Law School this fall where she will focus on environmental and constitutional law.

Student Biography Samantha Maltais

Samantha (Wampanoag Tribe)

Samantha is pursuing a degree in law from Harvard Law School and hopes dedicate her career to fighting for justice on behalf of Native people, who have historically lacked adequate representation.

Student Biography Jamie Artussee

Jerald (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)

Jerald is helping members of his tribe and community heal from generational trauma through mental health and substance abuse counseling. He believes his past struggles will help him offer better care to those in need.

Student Biography Jamie Artussee

Jamie (Muscogee [Creek] Nation)

Jamie is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of Muscogee Nation and hopes to educate her people on the importance of local, sustainable agriculture and stewarding a healthy relationship with the environment.

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