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My Path to College and Medical School

By Dina Horwedel - November 16, 2018

Shelbie Shelder By Shelbie Shelder, medical student at University of Minnesota Medical School Boozhoo (Hello)! My name is Shelbie…

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Us!

By Amita Manandhar - November 9, 2018

Since the early 1990s, November has been set aside to recognize the significant contributions of first Americans to the establishment…

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Student Success

#Indigetern Native Student Intern Stories — Anitra

By Amita Manandhar - November 6, 2018

#Indegetern is our new campaign to highlight stories and reflections of Native students who have interned in businesses, organizations, agencies,…

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Sinte Gleska University Celebrates 35th GED Graduation

By Amita Manandhar - November 6, 2018

GED graduation marks the beginning of a new chapter for adult learners—one filled with increased education and employment opportunities. Family,…

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TCU Faculty and Staff: Getting Published

By Amita Manandhar - November 5, 2018

You’ve just finished writing your research or dissertation. Now it’s time to get your work published! Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones…

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Student Success

The Benefits of a Gap Year (or Years) Before Medical School

By Amita Manandhar - November 5, 2018

What do some pre-medical students do during gap years before starting medical school? What can be learned during this time?…

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Thinking Sustainably at Tribal Colleges

By Amita Manandhar - November 2, 2018

By Jasmine Neosh, College of Menominee Nation student What do you think of when you think “sustainability”?…

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President's Blog

Natives Must Vote!

By President Cheryl Crazy Bull - October 18, 2018

How Voting Matters for Native Peoples Voting matters if we want to have Native sovereignty and cultures and knowledge upheld,…

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Student Success

Student Self Care – Student Success

By David Bledsoe - October 17, 2018

 Self-Care starts with understanding what nourishes you, and what exhausts you. Two College Fund Scholars – Marcus Red Shirt (Oglala…

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Inside the College Fund

Happy International Girls Day!

By Amita Manandhar - October 11, 2018

Did you know that 65% of American Indian College Fund scholarship applicants are female? Robin Maxkii is…

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President's Blog

Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day

By President Cheryl Crazy Bull - October 8, 2018

When I was in college, a guest speaker, a salesman, came to one of my classes.  He said that when…

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For the Wisdom of the Children: Strengthening the Teacher of Color Pipeline

By Amita Manandhar - September 28, 2018

A child dips her feet in Wheatfields Lake on the Navajo Reservation at sunrise and wonders what lies beneath.  A…

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Student Success

Student Spotlight: Charity Valentin – American Indian College Fund

By David Bledsoe - September 26, 2018

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Recipient, Charity Valentin (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) has three children and lives…

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Inside the College Fund

Make Your Voice Heard! Register to Vote!

By Amita Manandhar - September 25, 2018

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Following are voter registration and voter issue tools to educate yourself and help engage…

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Inside the College Fund

Show Up: Your Duties as a Native Person, From Citizenship to Voting

By Amita Manandhar - September 19, 2018

Elections for national, state, and some tribal nations elections are on November 6, 2018. While we have always…

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Call for Proposals: SEEDS Program One-Year Integrated Grants

By Amita Manandhar - September 5, 2018

The American Indian College Fund’s Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) Program is offering four one-year, $50,000…

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Student Success

Student Spotlight: Alumnus Dakota Kahbeah

By David Bledsoe - August 23, 2018

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship recipient Dakota Kahbeah is from Okmulgee, OK, and is a member of…

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Language and Culture: Gifts that Keep on Giving

By Amita Manandhar - July 13, 2018

by Kayla Dix, Salish Kootenai College Indigenous Visionary Native Women’s Leadership Fellow, Kathie Maiers, Salish Kootenai College Indigenous Visionary Native…

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Empowering Children with Special Needs — A Teacher’s Passion

By Amita Manandhar - July 12, 2018

By Joni Augare Connelly, Salish Kootenai College Indigenous Visionary Native Women’s Leadership Fellow, and Kathie Maiers, Salish Kootenai College Indigenous…

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Inside the College Fund

Statement on Forced Separation of Immigrant Children from Their Families

By Amita Manandhar - June 21, 2018

American Indians know the inter-generational psychological trauma that follows when children are removed from their families. Native children were forcibly…

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Building Sustainability Through Cultural Revival

By Amita Manandhar - June 13, 2018

Guest blog post by Erin Griffin, Sisseton Wahpeton College Director of Dakota Studies and Ford C3 Project Lead Envisioning a…

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College Fund Launches LGBTQ Awareness Initiative with Webinar Series

By Amita Manandhar - June 12, 2018

The American Indian College Fund created the LGBTQ webinar series to provide a resource…

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Place-Based Learning as a Framework for Building Native Student Success

By Kendra Teague - June 4, 2018

This is a collaborative series developed by the College Fund’s Environmental Sustainability, Native Arts and Early Childhood Education program initiatives.

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Student Success

Teamwork Helps Tohono O’odham Students Make College a Reality

By Amita Manandhar - May 15, 2018

A team of staff at Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) and local high schools, led by Daniel Sestiaga Jr.

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University of New Mexico’s – Indigenous Design and Planning Institute

By Kendra Teague - May 14, 2018

By Ted Jojola, PhD The Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi) at the University of New Mexico was established on…

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Student Success

WalMart Scholars Attend National Education Conference for Learning and Networking Tools

By Amita Manandhar - April 26, 2018

Walmart knows that providing outstanding students with scholarships is just one of the stepping stones students need to succeed. Opportunities…

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Inside the College Fund

Diane: Working for Education, Tradition, and Culture of Native People

By Amita Manandhar - April 19, 2018

Walmart knows that providing outstanding students with scholarships is just one of the stepping stones students need to succeed. Opportunities…

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College Fund SEEDS Logo Symbolizes Stewardship and Growth

By Kendra Teague - April 16, 2018

The growth and continuity of our home the Earth, as well as an eco-system, a seed, a student or a…

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Restorative Teachings — Ojibwe Language, a Visual Canvas

By Amita Manandhar - April 3, 2018

I have always been interested in art and design since I was a young girl in high school. In fact,…

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Inside the College Fund

Dr. Cynthia Lindquist of Cankdeska Cikana Community College 2017-18 American Indian College Fund TCU Honoree of the Year

By Amita Manandhar - March 13, 2018

Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, President of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Ft. Totten, North Dakota. Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, President of…

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Caldwell: A Lifelong Capstone Course on Sustainability

By Amita Manandhar - March 9, 2018

Since graduating from high school my educational development has focused on forestry and natural resources, and my career in various…

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Honoring the Sacred

By Kendra Teague - March 7, 2018

 The word women in this blog refers to all women, including cis-women, trans-women and two-spirit women. Let us recognize that…

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President's Blog

Celebrating Leaders of the Tribal College Movement

By Amita Manandhar - February 19, 2018

Itancan, Lakota for the one who is in charge. Bacheei-tche, Crow for the leader, the good man. Ogimaa,…

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Expanding Culturally Relevant Knowledge through Early Childhood Conferences

By Amita Manandhar - February 19, 2018

American Indian College Fund Vice President for Program Initiatives, Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz and TCU ECE Program Coordinator, Cassandra Harden attending…

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Navajo Rug Weaving: Learnings from the Loom

By Amita Manandhar - February 15, 2018

Bridget Skenadore, Project Officer of Native Arts and Culture at the American Indian College Fund, had the…

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Traditional Native Arts Sister Site Visit: Sitting Bull College’s Skirt-Making Workshop

By Amita Manandhar - February 8, 2018

The American Indian College Fund has hosted their second “Sister Site Visit” on January 6-8, 2018. Renee O’Kimosh, Project Administrator,…

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Traditional Native Arts Sister Site Visit: Learning From One Another

By Amita Manandhar - February 6, 2018

Master Artist, Joyce LaPoint leads the workshop on creating Faceless Dolls at Leech Lake Tribal College in November of…

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Hosting Early Childhood Educators from Southwest University in Chongqing, China

By Amita Manandhar - February 5, 2018

Visitors from Southwest University in Chongqing, China and Professors from Western Washington University pictured with Lummi Education Director, Bernie…

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President's Blog

American Indian College Fund Recognized for Outstanding Service to Public Education

By Amita Manandhar - January 31, 2018

United Tribes Technical College Spring Graduation on May 8, 2015 The NEA Foundation and First National Bank of Omaha…

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SIPI Parents Learn Couponing, Family Budgeting Strategies

By Amita Manandhar - January 23, 2018

by Danielle Lansing, SIPI Early Childhood Faculty and SIPI Restorative Teachings Project Director During brainstorming sessions and meetings as part…

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President's Blog

Inequity in America: Education Is the Answer

By Amita Manandhar - January 16, 2018

In his work, Why We Can’t Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks to the colonial roots of racism in…

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Student Success

Student Success — Giving Back

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Black Elk said, “Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.” Your education is part of that…

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Student Success

Student Success — Self-Care

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Life is full of big and small stresses, often simultaneously. Stress can come as a result of trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue,…

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Student Success

2017-19 Native Pathways to College Bridge Program Grantees

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

In the spring of 2017, the College Fund awarded four tribal college and university grantees $50,000 each for two consecutive…

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Student Success

Student Success — Managing Your Time as Student

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Time Management  “Why don’t these people hurry up and order their coffee?! Don’t they know I have an exam in…

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Student Success

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Scholarships

By Amita Manandhar - May 1, 2018

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the American Indian College Fund’s scholarships below.

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Student Success

Money Management — Making Common Cents

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

When tasked with the responsibility of clothing and feeding family, paying bills, keeping the car fueled and running,…

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Student Success

Tips to Fill Out Your Scholarship Application

By Amita Manandhar - May 1, 2018

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Student Success

Career Advice — How to Develop a Career Plan

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Work is part of life. A career is a more substantial way of thinking about your employment path. That is…

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Student Success

Career Advice — Résumés and Cover Letters

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Résumés Why Create a Résumé? You must create a résumé to apply for a job. This document is crucial to…

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Student Success

Career Advice — Professional Etiquette

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Professional etiquette Professional etiquette is not just knowing what to discuss during a business dinner or how to address…

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Student Success

Career Advice — Interviewing Tips

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

Congratulations, you scored a job interview! Now what? The interview is your opportunity to show a potential employer how great…

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Inside the College Fund

Denver and Native Organizations Feed 300 American Indians at Annual Denver Elder’s Dinner

By Amita Manandhar - December 15, 2017

The American Indian College Fund honored Native American elders Theresa Halsey of the Lakota Tribe and Isaac Wak Wak…

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Inside the College Fund

#Indigetern Native Student Intern Stories

By Amita Manandhar - December 14, 2017

#Indigetern is our new campaign to highlight stories and reflections of Native students who have interned in businesses, organizations, agencies,…

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Student Success

Good Luck on Finals, Pathways Students!

By Amita Manandhar - December 14, 2017

We know finals are a stressful time for college students—we’ve all been there! But we also know you CAN do…

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Inside the College Fund

From Student Intern to College Fund Employee: Cassandra’s Journey

By Amita Manandhar - December 14, 2017

Harden representing the American Indian College Fund’s Restorative Teachings TCU ECE Initiative during a recent site-visit to grantee site…

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SEEDS- Environmental Stewardship is an Inherit Right, Responsibility

By Kendra Teague - December 6, 2017

By Kendra Teague, program administrator for the American Indian College Fund’s SEEDS program. “Patricia Monture-Angus (Mohawk) contends that Indigenous nationhood is…

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Student Success

Career Advice — Thank You Letters

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

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President's Blog

Racial Slur by President Trump Not Acceptable

By Amita Manandhar - December 4, 2017

As the President of the American Indian College Fund I share that we have nothing but pride and…

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Student Success

Career Advice — Recommendation Letters

By Amita Manandhar - December 1, 2017

You will often be asked to provide professional letters of recommendation or a list of people to be contacted in…

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Inside the College Fund

Embrace Native Heritage Month

By Amita Manandhar - November 10, 2017

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on how important it is to be able to identify myself using terms that are personal…

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Inside the College Fund

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

By Amita Manandhar - November 10, 2017

Native American Heritage Month is a special time of the year for us when we celebrate our history and heritage…

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Student Success

November is #CollegeBoundNative Month

By Amita Manandhar - November 1, 2017

The #CollegeBoundNative Campaign encourages high school seniors to apply for college. Native Americans are the least…

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Inside the College Fund

Meet Our Indigenous Visionaries

By Amita Manandhar - October 24, 2017

Indigenous Visionaries: Native Women Leadership Fellows, 2017-2018 Enacting Native arts as a means of providing trauma therapy. Teaching the…

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Our Programs

KBOCC: Building the Bridge

By Amita Manandhar - October 12, 2017

by Cheryl LaRose, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Restorative Teachings Project Director “Elders are a bridge to…

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Inside the College Fund

In Memory of Karen Whiting

By Amita Manandhar - October 6, 2017

Lakota people believe that the place we go to on our spirit journey is a beautiful place where our ancestors…

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Inside the College Fund

1st Tribal Lending Builds Strong Future for Native People

By Amita Manandhar - September 7, 2017

Home ownership, like education, are considered to be both an investment and part of the American dream. But these paths…

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Student Success

A Life-Changing Summer at Beacon Lodge Camp

By Amita Manandhar - September 5, 2017

Cara Paolicelli, right, worked with counselors from across the globe, who volunteered their time to help those with special…

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Inside the College Fund

Leech Lake Tribal College Named Best Community College in America

By Amita Manandhar - August 28, 2017

When WalletHub announced its rankings of the best community colleges across the nation, many Americans may have been unfamiliar…

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Inside the College Fund

In Memoriam: Dr. Lynette Chandler

By Amita Manandhar - August 18, 2017

Dr. Lynnette Chandler speaks at an annual Flame of Hope Gala in Denver, Colo. The American Indian College Fund…

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Inside the College Fund

In Memoriam: Nate St. Pierre, TCU President and College Fund Trustee, August 13, 2017

By Amita Manandhar - August 14, 2017

Nate Saint Pierre, right, pictured with his daughter this past spring. Mr. St. Pierre passed away August 13, 2017.

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Our Programs

Restorative Teachings: Embracing our Frameworks to Change the World

By Amita Manandhar - August 8, 2017

A Reflection on the 2017 Convening of the Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative Grantees As we do more, we have to…

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President's Blog

A Video Message for Mark Zuckerberg

By Amita Manandhar - July 28, 2017

https://collegefund.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DINA-CCB_Zuckerbergs_July-2017.mp4 Greetings to our friends and supporters. This week I shared a video message on social media for Facebook…

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Inside the College Fund

Meet Our 2017 Summer Research Interns

By Amita Manandhar - July 24, 2017

The Tribal College and University research interns. Corryn Pōsōh, māwaw new weyak, Corryn Besaw newīhswan mesek Wāqnemōhsaeh eneg,…

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Inside the College Fund

Share Your Story with Facebook Founder to Make a Difference in Your Community

By Amita Manandhar - July 20, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and President and CEO of Facebook, visited the Blackfeet Reservation last week. He posted his impressions…

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Inside the College Fund

SIPI Parents Lead the Way

By Amita Manandhar - July 18, 2017

SIPI’s parents gather to collectively discuss upcoming Restorative Teachings activities. SIPI has worked hard to make sure its…

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Student Success

Pathways for Minnesota Native Transfer Students

By Amita Manandhar - June 19, 2017

Three Native college students attending Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in Cass Lake, Minnesota traveled to Durango, Colorado to…

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Inside the College Fund

Teachers Learn Techniques to Bolster Resiliency, Foster Classroom Connections

By Amita Manandhar - May 23, 2017

By Alicia Allard, Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center Director Native youth often face disproportionate challenges in their young lives.

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Student Success

Where Do You Find Internships?

By Amita Manandhar - May 17, 2017

Sasha Rivers, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a student at Salish Kootenai College in Montana,…

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It’s More Than Just Telling a Story!

By Amita Manandhar - May 11, 2017

by Cyndi Pyatskowit, College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Restorative Teachings Project Director Through storytelling, the Menominee are keeping their tribal…

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Inside the College Fund

Protect Higher Ed Funding

By Amita Manandhar - May 11, 2017

President Trump is calling for significant cuts to the Department of Education for the fiscal year 2018 in his “skinny…

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Our Programs

Salish Kootenai College’s Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Initiative Project

By Amita Manandhar - May 3, 2017

by Kathie Maiers, Salish Kootenai College Project Coordinator; Cindy O’Dell, Salish Kootenai College Restorative Teachings Project Director; and Amy Burland…

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Student Success

Why You Need an Internship

By Amita Manandhar - April 28, 2017

By Jack Soto, Program Administrator, Internships and Career Readiness, American Indian College Fund Internships are important help to students…

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Inside the College Fund

Indian Health and Tribal Colleges

By Amita Manandhar - April 6, 2017

Guest post by Mark Trahant The Republicans failed at their attempt to rewrite the Affordable Care Act. That’s good for…

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Connections That Create Health, Wellness and Security

By Amita Manandhar - March 15, 2017

The Iñupiat family engagement event was held at the Aimaaġvik Assisted Living Center to celebrate the season with the…

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Inside the College Fund

What a Treat to See Scholars Receive Awards

By Amita Manandhar - March 10, 2017

Post by Kimberly Urish, a Major Gifts Officer at the College Fund Photos by Jason S. Ordaz – Institute…

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Our Programs

Achieving the Dream – Developing Data Capacity to Increase Success

By Amita Manandhar - March 10, 2017

Andreanna Benally, Data Entry & Survey Technician; Terrence Tso, Data Architect Specialist; Velveena Davis, Executive Director, Office of Institutional…

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Fellows Contribute to Sustainable Environment and Contribute to Communities

By Kendra Teague - March 8, 2017

Our American Indian College Fund Building Sustainability Pathways fellows have a vested interest in environmental sustainability as well as…

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BIMAADIZIWIN: “A Healthy Way of Life” Through Family Fun Night

By Amita Manandhar - March 3, 2017

    An example of a “Family Fun Event Planning”, is the engagement of a mother and son working…

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Guide for Educators First To Feature Tribal College Professionals’ Work

By Amita Manandhar - March 2, 2017

Danielle Lansing, an instructor at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), a Tribal College in Albuquerque, New Mexico presenting culturally-based…

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President's Blog

Are Tribal Colleges A Product of School Choice or Segregation?

By Dina Horwedel - February 28, 2017

Are tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) the result of de facto segregation? Currently in higher education there is considerable…

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President's Blog

We Support Finding Solutions for Modern Challenges

By Amita Manandhar - February 22, 2017

Twilight view of Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on September 24, 2016. “We at the…

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Student Success

Student Blogger: “Remin-icing or Reality?”

By Amita Manandhar - February 17, 2017

Author’s Note: This throwback tale is a testament of how things have changed and how they have stayed the…

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Inside the College Fund

Line Drawn: Standing With Standing Rock

By Amita Manandhar - February 3, 2017

by Deborah His Horse Is Thunder, Guest Contributor About the Author: Deborah His Horse is Thunder has worked for the…

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NWIC Restorative Teachings Holiday Cedar Weaving and Storytelling Event

By Amita Manandhar - January 31, 2017

Grilled salmon caught by Lummi fishermen was served at NWIC family engagement event. On a blustery and bitterly cold…

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Student Success

Sunny’s Campus Visit Reinforces Commitment to Continuing Studies

By Amita Manandhar - January 26, 2017

Sunny is a student at Leech Lake Tribal College in Red Lake, Minnesota. Through the help of the American…

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Inside the College Fund

Early Childhood Expert Appointed to Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences

By Amita Manandhar - January 9, 2017

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz is Co-Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Senior Program Officer…

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Inside the College Fund

College Fund Expert Lends Voice to Cell Phone Debate for Young Children

By Amita Manandhar - January 9, 2017

Choosing whether to allow a young child to have a cell phone can be a difficult decision for a parent.

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Makes Beautiful Changes Through the Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative

By Amita Manandhar - December 23, 2016

Boozhoo (hello) from all of us here at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC). Fall is upon us and…

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community College Builds Critical Partnerships Through Community Based Training Through Brazelton Touchpoints Center

By Amita Manandhar - December 22, 2016

The American Indian College Fund supports four tribal colleges in work to strengthen Native early childhood education under the Restorative…

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