Identity Changes Everything

Our goal is to help heal the inter-generational wounds of historical trauma through community-based, culturally appropriate education and its subsequent empowerment.

As American Indians and indigenous peoples, no one knows better the trauma, emotional damage, and long-term impact forcible separation from families has on individuals, communities and nations, not only in the moment, but for generations to come.

At the American Indian College Fund, 29 years after our founding, we are beginning to see positive momentum within our communities in healing from the fallout of Indian children being torn from their families to be placed in government-run boarding schools. Our goal is to help heal the inter-generational wounds of historical trauma through community-based, culturally appropriate education and its subsequent empowerment. We are connecting with our history and culture through education, which gives us the confidence and pathway to influence and change the world in ways that have never before been possible for us. Even though we are still fighting to be seen and heard, we are tenacious and will not stop until we have achieved equity for all Native and indigenous peoples.

We stand in solidarity with all who come to this country for shelter and security. We implore our elected officials to ensure a safe and welcoming experience for families and to not repeat the mistakes of our country’s past. Believe us, those mistakes will be felt for generations to come.

Each of us can make a difference today. Donate and share this with your friends and family.

Cheryl Crazy Bull
President and CEO

“Our culture and language really provides that connection to things we don’t even realize is missing, and keeping it alive or revitalizing it is extremely important for our kids because it skipped generations. That was something that was taken away from us and I think that we just didn’t realize how much we needed it.”

- Breanne

Ways You Can Help

There are many ways to help our students achieve their educational dreams.  When you stand with us, you increase the number of American Indians participating in higher education today.  When they are successful, we are all successful.

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