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Statements on Affirmative Action

The American Indian College Fund is honored by the ongoing public support of our mission and work.

Michelle Obama referenced us as one of the organizations that has long advocated for equity and fairness in higher education. Read about her own academic journey and the importance of affirmative action.

BeyGOOD, the public charity foundation founded by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, encourages supporting students and organizations that advocate on behalf of students.

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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Fix FAFSA! (federal financial aid)

Fix FAFSA! (federal financial aid)

The Department of Education announced the week of February 5 that schools and agencies involved in financial aid will not receive FAFSA information—which determines student total financial aid offerings – until the first half of March. This will set college applicants behind another two months in their decision-making.

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National Indian Education Association | Hill Week 2023
The Time is NOW

March 10, 2023
This week has been informational, inspirational, and incredible. The gathering of so many passionate and experienced leaders has generated the momentum we need to go out there and make real and lasting change in our communities. We are the solution to the issues facing Native students, and together we will create Native learning systems that maximize the potential of every brilliant Native youth.

Together we will build Tribal Education Capacity. We will revitalize Native languages. We will recruit, train, and retain Native educators. We will build Native pathways for all our children to guide them from cradle to career. We will ensure Data Sovereignty for Native knowledge and resources. And we will create learning communities that serve the Whole Child.

Together we will advocate within our communities and for our communities to secure the resources and support necessary advance comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

The time is NOW. The responsibility is ours. Together we will champion Education Sovereignty until it becomes the standard that defines every Native community. It begins with us.

NCAI NOW: Today is the Violence Against Women Act National Day of Action!

The National Indian Education Association is committed to empowering Native communities to nurture the strengths, resilience, and intelligence of our Native youth. NIEA engages Native leaders, educators, federal, state, and Tribal partners to advance self-determination and learning opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children. NIEA’s direct advocacy has led to more than 50 years of legislative successes in education policy, as well as improving the schools and learning systems serving Native students, their families, and the wider community. During Hill Week 2023 our members and our partners will join with NIEA staff to advocate for the priorities of Native students and Native communities across the nation, emphasizing the importance of education sovereignty across the federal government.

Advocacy Resources

Educational Resources

The American Indian College Fund compiled a list of educational resources for those interested in building their awareness about American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) experiences in historical and modern times. We hope these resources, from a variety of sources, will initiate conversations on Indigenous issues in the 21st century and express how we can better support and learn from Native peoples. Explore our educational resources to learn more.