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SIPI Parents Learn Couponing, Family Budgeting Strategies

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Inequity in America: Education Is the Answer

By American Indian College Fund - 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 — Giving Back

By American Indian College Fund - 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 — Self-Care

By American Indian College Fund - December 1, 2017

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

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2017-19 Native Pathways to College Bridge Program Grantees

By American Indian College Fund - 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 — Managing Your Time as Student

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Scholarships

By American Indian College Fund - December 1, 2017

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

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Money Management — Making Common Cents

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Tips to Fill Out Your Scholarship Application

By American Indian College Fund - December 1, 2017

Explore these tips to learn how to strengthen your scholarship application and find answers to common application questions.

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Career Advice — How to Develop a Career Plan

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Career Advice — Résumés and Cover Letters

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Career Advice — Professional Etiquette

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Career Advice — Interviewing Tips

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Denver and Native Organizations Feed 300 American Indians at Annual Denver Elder’s Dinner

By American Indian College Fund - 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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#Indigetern Native Student Intern Stories

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Good Luck on Finals, Pathways Students!

By American Indian College Fund - 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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From Student Intern to College Fund Employee: Cassandra’s Journey

By American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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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Career Advice — Thank You Letters

By American Indian College Fund - December 1, 2017

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Racial Slur by President Trump Not Acceptable

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Career Advice — Recommendation Letters

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Embrace Native Heritage Month

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

By American Indian College Fund - 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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November is #CollegeBoundNative Month

By American Indian College Fund - November 1, 2017

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

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Meet Our Indigenous Visionaries

By American Indian College Fund - 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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KBOCC: Building the Bridge

By American Indian College Fund - October 12, 2017

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

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In Memory of Karen Whiting

By American Indian College Fund - 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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1st Tribal Lending Builds Strong Future for Native People

By American Indian College Fund - 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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A Life-Changing Summer at Beacon Lodge Camp

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Leech Lake Tribal College Named Best Community College in America

By American Indian College Fund - 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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In Memoriam: Dr. Lynette Chandler

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

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Restorative Teachings: Embracing our Frameworks to Change the World

By American Indian College Fund - 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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A Video Message for Mark Zuckerberg

By American Indian College Fund - July 28, 2017

http://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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Meet Our 2017 Summer Research Interns

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Share Your Story with Facebook Founder to Make a Difference in Your Community

By American Indian College Fund - 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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SIPI Parents Lead the Way

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Pathways for Minnesota Native Transfer Students

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Teachers Learn Techniques to Bolster Resiliency, Foster Classroom Connections

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Where Do You Find Internships?

By American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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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Protect Higher Ed Funding

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Salish Kootenai College’s Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Initiative Project

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Why You Need an Internship

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Indian Health and Tribal Colleges

By American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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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What a Treat to See Scholars Receive Awards

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Achieving the Dream – Developing Data Capacity to Increase Success

By American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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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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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We Support Finding Solutions for Modern Challenges

By American Indian College Fund - 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 Blogger: “Remin-icing or Reality?”

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Line Drawn: Standing With Standing Rock

By American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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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Sunny’s Campus Visit Reinforces Commitment to Continuing Studies

By American Indian College Fund - 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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Early Childhood Expert Appointed to Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences

By American Indian College Fund - 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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College Fund Expert Lends Voice to Cell Phone Debate for Young Children

By American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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 American Indian College Fund - 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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Informational Texts Connect!

By American Indian College Fund - December 21, 2016

Cyndi Pyatskowit wearing Menominee bone necklace. Children read better and more when they have access to culturally relevant books.

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Empowering Young Lakota Learners Through Restorative Teachings

By American Indian College Fund - December 20, 2016

The Lakhól’iyapi Wahóhpi (Lakota Language Nest) is a 100% Lakota language immersion preschool located at Sitting Bull College in…

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College Visits Build Perspective for Prospective College Students

By American Indian College Fund - December 12, 2016

My name is Dane Allapowa and I am a sophomore at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC); a tribal college in…

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College Fund Honors Two Native Elders at Annual Dinner

By American Indian College Fund - December 9, 2016

The American Indian College Fund honors Della Bad Wound and Frank Sherwood, two American Indian elders from the…

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Civility, Complicity and Silence: Lessons from Our Ancestors

By American Indian College Fund - December 6, 2016

Right after the presidential election, I sent a message to our students urging them to practice self-care in the face…

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Connection-Maker Leverages Education to Amplify Power, Help Others

By American Indian College Fund - November 18, 2016

My name is Joaquin Ray Gallegos and I am from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

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The College Fund’s Post-Election Message

By American Indian College Fund - November 16, 2016

The American Indian College Fund’s mission is transforming higher education by providing American Indians with funding for access to a…

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Sitting Bull College Kicks Off Restorative Teachings Project

By American Indian College Fund - October 17, 2016

Lakól’iyapi Wahópi Lakota activity cards. The American Indian College Fund’s (College Fund) Tribal College and Universities (TCU) Early Childhood…

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Tribal College, Community Tackle Ways to Share Environmental Stewardship

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - October 10, 2016

The Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, hosted by Haskell Indian Nations College, is in its tenth year. This year’s…

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Celebrating What It Means to Be Indigenous

By President Cheryl Crazy Bull - October 10, 2016

The sun rises along the countryside in rural South Dakota. This weekend I drove with my family across the…

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Northwest Indian College Space Center’s Rocket Teams Win Trip to Kennedy Space Center

By Student Success Services - October 6, 2016

After capturing all of the awards possible at the 2016 First Nations Launch in Wisconsin this year, the Northwest Indian…

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TCUs, Internships and College Fund “Steering Her on Her Journey”

By Testing - October 5, 2016

Student Profile: Robin School: Salish Kootenai College Robin’s journey from working in film to forging a career in the…

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Top Ten Things Native American Students Should Consider When Choosing A College

By Student Success Services - September 20, 2016

Recently we were asked about the factors that make for a top college for Native Americans students. It is a…

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Woonspe – Education gives meaning to Mni Wiconi – Water is Life

By President Cheryl Crazy Bull - September 16, 2016

The flag of the Standing Rock Tribe flies on Sept. 7, 2016 near Cannonball, North Dakota. Indigenous people are…

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Community Supports Northwest Indian College Garden Curriculum

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - September 15, 2016

On August 4th, members of the Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative Coordinating Team visited Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC)…

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Gardening Event Embraces Restorative Teachings

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - September 13, 2016

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s (SIPI) Restorative Teachings team gathered for our annual “Community Planting Event.” Every April for the…

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Navigating College in Alaska

By Student Success Services - August 26, 2016

  Our Native Pathways team embarked on a trip to Alaska to visit Ilisagvik College and Barrow High School. I…

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Tribal College Students Experiencing First National Party Convention

By Testing - July 26, 2016

Tribal college students and Native Scholars Waycen and Brook are at the Democratic National Convention with our partner AT&T…

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College Fund Welcomes Three Summer Interns

By Testing - July 14, 2016

This year the College Fund welcomes three research interns to its staff. Internships, like scholarships, are an important piece…

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Traditions for Native Grads more than Feathers, Moccasins and Regalia

By American Indian College Fund - June 17, 2016

Last week the 2016 graduating class at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) celebrated its graduation. Located on the Flathead…

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SIPI Launches Restorative Teachings Initiative

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - May 27, 2016

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s (SIPI) Early Childhood program, together with the Youth Development Incorporated (YDI) happily launched…

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Northwest Indian College Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative, May 2016

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - May 27, 2016

Spring is in full bloom here at the Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Early Leaning Center, and the College Fund’s…

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Social Justice Through Education a Shared Sentiment for Empowering Nations

By President Cheryl Crazy Bull - May 27, 2016

Muscogee Tribal College Graduation I was inspired to see Hilary Pennington’s article, “Rethinking scholarships as social justice” in…

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Tribe’s First Master’s Degree Recipient, Historian, and War Chief Dies at Age 102

By Testing - April 4, 2016

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Joseph Medicine Crow shows a drum to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle…

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Little Big Horn College President Honored at Annual Student Celebration

By American Indian College Fund - March 30, 2016

Dr. David Yarlott, President of Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont., honored by American Indian College Fund with…

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Stand With Native Students, Transform Lives

By American Indian College Fund - March 10, 2016

Cheryl Crazy Bull and the Native Scholars pose for a photo at the Flame of Hope Gala in New…

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Minnesota Tribal College Embraces Commercial Tobacco-Free Health

By Testing - February 4, 2016

As an institution that seeks to honor and embrace their culture, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) works diligently to model…

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American Indian College Fund A Sponsor of 2016 Montana Tribal College Career Fairs

By American Indian College Fund - February 1, 2016

The event is free and open to college students, high school students, nontraditional students, families, guidance counselors, and community…

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Student Success

Student Uses Knowledge, Power for Success

By Student Success Services - January 12, 2016

Marcella on the campus of Navajo Technical University. It’s hardly surprising that a story of strength and spirit will…

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Emily White Hat Joins the College Fund as Project Manager of Native Arts & Energy Infrastructure

By Testing - January 4, 2016

Emily R. White Hat, J.D. has joined the American Indian College Fund as the Native Arts & Energy Infrastructure Project…

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Native Art Forms Persevere at Sisseton Wahpeton College

By Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - December 29, 2015

Bridget Skenadore, the American Indian College Fund’s Native Arts and Culture Project Coordinator, had the opportunity this week to participate…

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Diné College Museum Wins National Award

By American Indian College Fund - December 22, 2015

Diné College is a shining of example of how tribal colleges provide a high-quality education while serving as the caretakers…

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Wal-Mart Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Gives Students Personal and Professional Development Opportunities

By American Indian College Fund - December 19, 2015

Keri and Katie attending the NIEA conference on behalf of the College Fund and the Walmart Foundation  …

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Navajo Technical University’s Commencement Provides Glimpse Into the Future

By American Indian College Fund - December 19, 2015

NTU granted seven baccalaureate degrees at its Fall 2015 Commencement, one in Industrial Engineering and six in Early Childhood…

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Helping Native Youth Succeed With Culturally Responsive Education

By American Indian College Fund - October 7, 2015

Living conditions on American Indian reservations and in Alaska Native villages are often compared to those in third…

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Traditional Native Arts at the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums

By American Indian College Fund - October 2, 2015

In September of 2015, Bridget Skenadore, Native Arts and Culture Project Coordinator, presented at the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous…

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Intern Sees Stories in Numbers

By American Indian College Fund - August 27, 2015

Oki (hello).  I attended Blackfeet Community College for a year and a half, where I learned of…

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College Fund Research Intern Presents at National Family and Community Engagement Conference

By American Indian College Fund - July 13, 2015

Yá’át’ééh! My name is Cassandra Harden. I am a graduated from  Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) with an associate’s degree…

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Ké’ Family Engagement : It’s Too Easy to Get Caught Up in the Craze of Today’s World

By American Indian College Fund - June 15, 2015

Written by: Michelle Wilson Justin Guillory, president of Northwest Indian College . In the life of a parent, there…

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