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Lionel R. Bordeaux, Wakinyan Wanbli, President of Sinte Gleska University for 50 Years, Departs for Spirit World

Lionel R. Bordeaux, Wakinyan Wanbli, (Thundering Eagle), age 82, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation in South Dakota and the President of Sinte Gleska University, departed for the Spirit World on November 16. This is a tremendous loss for his family, Sinte Gleska University, the Rosebud Lakota Nation, and Indian Country. For all who knew him, he was a grounding force in stormy times; a paragon of goodwill, solidarity, and wisdom; and the heart and soul of the Tribal College Movement, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and the American Indian College Fund, to which he was fiercely devoted.

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Finding the Trail Left for Us 

Finding the Trail Left for Us 

By Govinda Budrow, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Ihduwiyayapi Project Administrator   How do we reclaim what Indigenous education is in our communities? This is the question that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Child Development program is pursuing. Here are four lessons we have learned along the way. First, we must use words like reclaim. In this country much of the war waged against the Indigenous people has centered on children. The intention of Federal Indian Policy...

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Pendleton Woolen Mills Opens New Store Downtown Denver

Pendleton Woolen Mills Opens New Store Downtown Denver

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 1, 2022) – Pendleton Woolen Mills, a global lifestyle brand headquartered in Portland, Oregon, announces the grand opening of the Pendleton Denver store on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Located in the heart of the RiNo district at 2650 Walnut Street, this Pendleton store is a relocation from the previous downtown Denver Pendleton store on Larimer Square. The Pendleton Denver store will offer iconic womenswear, menswear, accessories and made in the USA wool blankets....

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American Indian College Fund to Host Twin Cities Food Event Featuring Five Indigenous Celebrity Chefs

American Indian College Fund to Host Twin Cities Food Event Featuring Five Indigenous Celebrity Chefs

American Indian College Fund to Host Twin Cities Food Event Featuring Five Indigenous Celebrity Chefs November 10 EATSS Event to Benefit Native American College Students October 31, 2022, Denver, Colo.-- Can you imagine a world without chocolate, blueberries, or guacamole? Neither can we. Yet the foods we take for granted were unknown outside the western hemisphere before 1492—because they are native to the western hemisphere. Imagine no peanut butter on a PBJ sandwich. Fajitas with no...

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Back-to-School

Back-to-School

Fall is back-to-school time for college students all over Indian Country. It is a time when I pause and think about how important tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are and how critical it is for mainstream institutions to have support readily available for Native students. In June, I shared thoughts about the meaning of tribal sovereignty as symbolized by our tribal flags and by the flags of tribal colleges. Now as the fall semester has started across schools nationwide, I have been...

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Culture is Not a Costume

Culture is Not a Costume

A guest post from Heidi K. Brandow (Diné, Kanaka Maoli), Communications Manager at First Peoples Fund As the fall season conjures memories of vivid colors, pumpkin-spiced lattes, and celebrations such as Halloween, we ask the public to refrain from participating in racist and inaccurate portrayals of Indigenous people through “Native American” themed costumes. These practices in no way honor Indigenous people but rather reinforce false narratives and dehumanize Indigenous people into...

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Join the American Indian College Fund in Support of the Indian Child Welfare Act:  Vital to Native Culture, Identity, and Sovereignty

Join the American Indian College Fund in Support of the Indian Child Welfare Act: Vital to Native Culture, Identity, and Sovereignty

On November 9, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments of Haaland v. Brackeen, the case concerning the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The stakes are high. The Supreme Court’s decision will ultimately determine whether the 44-year-old law that ensures Native children have the legal right to remain connected to their familial network, culture, and community will remain intact. Here are three things you can do to help raise awareness and support the...

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