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Sovereign Nations Series: Flags Symbolize National Identity for Tribal Nations and TCUs

June 14 is Flag Day, when the United States commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag, reflective of the status of the U.S. as a sovereign nation. The Stars and Stripes, recognizable throughout the world, prompted me to think about the symbolism of flags and their representation of national identity, such as that the U.S. flag represents. Tribal flags are also representative of sovereign nations. The celebration of Flag Day a suitable time to share insights into our history and our contemporary lives as Tribal people.

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Erin Griffin of American Indian College Fund Awarded 2022 Bush Fellowship

Erin Griffin of American Indian College Fund Awarded 2022 Bush Fellowship Griffin plans to finish doctoral degree in Indigenous language and culture revitalization to work towards dream of having Dakota spoken everywhere May 23, 2022, Denver, Colo.—Erin Griffin (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of Sisseton, South Dakota), a Program Officer for Indigenous Education at the American Indian College Fund, is one of 24 extraordinary leaders who was selected by the Bush Foundation for a 2022 Bush Fellowship....

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Inaugural Native Nonprofit Day May 20

Inaugural Native Nonprofit Day May 20

Campaign to Illustrate How Community-Based Organizations Create Impact A giving campaign supported by the Native Ways Foundation highlights the importance of supporting Native-led non-profits throughout the month of May. Beginning May 1 and culminating on Native Nonprofit Day May 20, the campaign will raise awareness about how Native non-profits make a greater impact on Native communities. Large foundations have allocated less than half a percent of their total annual grantmaking to Native...

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Indian Boarding Schools:  Education Was Never the Point

Indian Boarding Schools: Education Was Never the Point

Education was never the point when American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian children were taken from their families by agents of the U.S. government and were forced to travel far from the only homes they had ever known to live at boarding schools. Education was never the point when strangers cut Native children’s hair, burned their clothing, washed their tiny bodies with harsh lye soap, forbade them to speak their languages or practice their traditions, and assigned them new names....

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A Dialogue with Diné Director Blackhorse Lowe

A Dialogue with Diné Director Blackhorse Lowe

April 26, 2022 -The American Indian College Fund’s Fund Employee Engagement Team (F.E.E.T.) Film Festival started as an endeavor to show films and documentaries that spotlight Indigenous issues with Indigenous voices. Watching films and guest appearances by Indigenous guest speakers in the film industry lend voice and traction to the important work the College Fund is doing. Diné film and TV director Blackhorse Lowe met with the College Fund to speak about what it means to be an Indigenous...

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National Week of Action for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

National Week of Action for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Please Take Action April 29-May 5, 2022 By Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO, American Indian College Fund This week marks the National Week of Action for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. As a Native woman who grew up on the Sicangu Lakota Nation’s homelands on the Rosebud Reservation, and as the President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, I know too well that Indigenous women and girls are disproportionately among the missing and murdered in this country. Even more...

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SGU Staff Spotlight: Sherman “Jim” Marshall, II

SGU Staff Spotlight: Sherman “Jim” Marshall, II

By Linda Boes, Sinte Gleska University GED Tutor Over its 50-year history, the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Department at Sinte Gleska University (SGU) has been fortunate to have a dedicated staff. Our director, Sherman “Jim” Marshall, II, has led this important work for nearly 15 years. While Jim started his tenure as director of the ABE department in 2008, his family’s connection to SGU dates back to the early days when SGU was a college. Jim’s father, Sherman Marshall, Sr. was the first...

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