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What is STEM without Roots?

By Dina Horwedel - September 2, 2019

By Govinda Budrow, FDLTCC Education Faculty and For the Wisdom of the Children FDLTCC Project Director When it comes to…

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Gallup, American Indian College Fund Survey Report: Tribal Colleges and Universities Offer Unique Approach to American Indian Student Success

By Dina Horwedel - August 28, 2019

Download a copy of the report here. Affordable, Culturally Relevant Tribally Chartered Institutions Help…

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College Fund Hosts Indigenous Cooking Event with Premier Denver Chefs

By Dina Horwedel - August 20, 2019

September 17 Event to Benefit American Indian College Fund for Native Students; Tocabe Co-Founder Ben Jacobs to Serve as Host…

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SIPI Utilizes Online Learning Communities to Enrich Teacher Training

By Nikta - August 1, 2019

By Danielle Lansing, SIPI Early Childhood Faculty and Vibeka Mitchell, SIPI Early Childhood Learning Center Preschool Teacher For SIPI’s Early…

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Dollar General Grantees Delve into Community for Holistic GED/HSE Certification

By Dina Horwedel - July 23, 2019

By Hannah Gonzales, American Indian College Fund Programs Initiatives Assistant Click to view infographic and…

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College Fund Scholar Publishes Article about How Labels Can Create Harm

By Dina Horwedel - July 22, 2019

College Fund scholar Justina writes about how labels can harm Native people in Teen Vogue.

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Relationships: Children Discovering STEM with the World Around Them

By Dina Horwedel - June 21, 2019

by Robyn Bennett, SKC Early Learning Center Pre-school Teacher, Janet Jolly, SKC Early Learning Center Director, and Dr. Amy Burland,…

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With Few Role Models, Native Americans Struggle To Access Higher Education

By Dina Horwedel - June 19, 2019

American Indian College Fund President Cheryl Crazy Bull is interviewed for this California Public Radio story in which reporter…

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College Fund Scholar Joins Supporter Diet Coke to Promote Conversation About Labels

By Dina Horwedel - June 18, 2019

Diet Coke is removing its label from a select run of limited-edition cans to symbolize the launch…

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Rx for Healing in Indian Country: Cultural Competency

By Dina Horwedel - June 13, 2019

(from left) A scholar from another organization at the forum, Carlene Black, Danelle Cooper, and…

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GED Program: Successful. Empowering. Needed.

By Dina Horwedel - June 10, 2019

by Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz Successful.  Empowering.  Needed. These are the words that Kateri Montileaux uses to describe the Community Continuing Education/GED…

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Spring Is Here and So Are We: NWIC Preschoolers Learn to Explore!

By Dina Horwedel - May 23, 2019

by Alex Stribling, Preschool Teacher, Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center Do you hear those sounds? They are the sounds…

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Free Webinar June 3 on College Fund’s College-Going Student Guidebook

By Dina Horwedel - May 22, 2019

Education professionals working with Native American high school students can attend a free webinar on Monday, June 3…

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Longtime College Fund Ad Agency Wieden+Kennedy Wins Webby Agency of Year Award

By Dina Horwedel - May 15, 2019

The Webby Awards honored Portland-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy as Webby Agency of the Year. The Agency of the Year…

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Entergy Supports College Fund with Scholarships for Fifth Year

By Dina Horwedel - May 14, 2019

A Native American dancer performs in Louisiana. Sometimes Americans forget that with more…

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Experiencing Math through Art: Weaving Connections with a Lac Courte Oreilles Elder

By Dina Horwedel - May 10, 2019

Dennis White addresses a crowded room of early childhood educators with stories about how math…

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American Indian College Fund Awards More Than $17K of “Think Indian” Grants to Support the Vibrancy of Native American Students Nationwide

By Dina Horwedel - May 8, 2019

The American Indian College Fund’s “Think Indian” Community Awareness program awarded seven non-profit, accredited colleges…

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American Indian College Fund Named a 2019 Top Colorado Workplace

By Dina Horwedel - May 7, 2019

The American Indian College Fund was awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Denver Post. Located just…

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College Fund Publishes Free College-Going Guidebook for Native Students

By Dina Horwedel - May 2, 2019

The American Indian College Fund, with generous support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, is publishing an invaluable tool for Native…

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A Conference That Ignites Connections

By Dina Horwedel - April 25, 2019

By Govinda Budrow, Education Instructor, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College A team of in service and pre-service teachers…

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American Indian College Fund to Continue College Access and Success Program with $2.5 Million, Three-Year Grant

By Dina Horwedel - April 24, 2019

Native American and Alaska Native students are in a college-going and completion crisis. Research shows the national rate…

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Graduation: Celebrating Your Achievements and Your Culture

By Dina Horwedel - April 19, 2019

Join the conversation about Native graduation regalia on Tuesday, April 23 on Native America Calling. Matthew Makomenaw, Ph.D. (Grand Traverse…

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College Fund Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Native Americans Pursuing Higher Education

By Dina Horwedel - April 15, 2019

The American Indian College Fund is celebrating the 30th anniversary of providing access to a higher education for Native Americans.

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SIPI Preservice Teachers Learn STEM Habits through Culturally Relevant Design Projects

By Dina Horwedel - April 10, 2019

By SIPI Early Childhood Education students Aubree Watson, Lila Platero, and Jonetta Damon SIPI interns Aubree…

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American Indian College Fund Staff Publish Article on Role of Place and Ecology in Tribal Colleges and Universities

By Dina Horwedel - April 3, 2019

International Review of Media From curricula to campuses, tribal colleges and universities, which serve communities…

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College Fund Honors Wieden+Kennedy Co-Founder David Kennedy with PENDLETON® Pathway Blanket

By Dina Horwedel - April 1, 2019

Pawnee-Yakama artist Bunky Echo-Hawk poses with the blanket he designed in honor of David Kennedy.

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College Admissions Scandal: Why Native Americans Are Not Surprised

By Dina Horwedel - March 30, 2019

Download Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Natives in Higher Education…

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Threading the Needle from Theorist to STEM

By Dina Horwedel - March 27, 2019

By Cheryl LaRose, former Early Childhood Chair and For the Wisdom of the Children Project Director, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community…

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Sinte Gleska University Connects GED Classroom to Community, Culture

By Dina Horwedel - March 26, 2019

In 2019 the Sinte Gleska University Adult Basic Education (ABE) Department began offering community-based learning opportunities. The program introduces and…

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Support the College Fund to Ensure Equitable Access to College

By Dina Horwedel - March 18, 2019

We find the actions of the parents in the…

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TOCC’s GED Program Is a Game-Changer

By Dina Horwedel - March 8, 2019

Living on an Indian reservation the size of a state and shuttling between three tribal college campuses and six satellite…

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 Minnesota Chefs Come Together for Higher Education

By Dina Horwedel - February 20, 2019

  Professional chefs participating in culinary event with President Cheryl Crazy Bull and Minnesota Vikings’…

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Meet Oglala Lakota College’s New Community Continuing Education/GED Program Team Members

By Dina Horwedel - February 19, 2019

By Kateri L. Montileaux, Director of Community Continuing Education/GED Program Oglala Lakota College has launched its Dollar General American Indian…

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Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education

By Dina Horwedel - February 1, 2019

Download the Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Natives in Higher Education Report…

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Early Child STEM Programs Grounded in Community Needs

By Dina Horwedel - January 25, 2019

By Amy Burland, Ed.D., Dean of the Salish Kootenai College Division of Education and Project Director for the Our People’s…

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In Memoriam: John Bogle, College Fund Supporter and Vanguard Founder

By Dina Horwedel - January 16, 2019

John Bogle was a dedicated supporter of Native American education. It is with heavy, but…

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Just Got My HSE Certificate! Now What?

By Dina Horwedel - December 20, 2018

By Jim Snyder SIPI HSE Instructor and Christopher Harrington SIPI ABE Department Chair For Native students who did not complete…

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TCU Students Give the Gift of Warmth While Earning Certificates

By Dina Horwedel - December 13, 2018

Leech Lake Tribal College students work to install solar panels to assist low-income residents with…

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Public Comment Opportunity for Proposed Title IX Policy Changes Making Students More Vulnerable

By Dina Horwedel - December 12, 2018

Message from President Cheryl Crazy Bull We need your help! Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos…

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Native Children Living on Salish Sea Meet and Greet Sea Creatures

By Dina Horwedel - December 5, 2018

By Christine Edwards, Teacher, Northwest Indian College In early November, the Salish Sea Research Center team from Northwest Indian College…

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Creating Visibility and Supportive Campus Environments for Native American College Students

By Dina Horwedel - December 3, 2018

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. Native American college…

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Give A Gift With Meaning; Give With Confidence

By Dina Horwedel - December 3, 2018

Columnist Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times suggests giving a “gift with meaning” in his…

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Raising Native Children in a Good Way

By Dina Horwedel - November 27, 2018

By Sara Montgomery, Coordinator of the Anishinaabe and American Elementary Education Program and For the Wisdom of the Children Project…

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Connecting, Learning and Growing: Native Arts Convening

By Dina Horwedel - November 21, 2018

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) hosted a Native Arts convening in Seattle, Washington in September, 2018. Seven…

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Native Arts Workshops Based in Place

By Dina Horwedel - November 21, 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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College Fund/Dollar General Remove Obstacles for Students Seeking GED

By Dina Horwedel - November 19, 2018

By Kateri Montileaux, OLC Director of Community Continuing Education and GED The Community Continuing Education/GED department of Oglala Lakota College…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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#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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 –…

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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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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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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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College Fund Honors Two Native Elders at Annual Dinner

By Amita Manandhar - 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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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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Navigating College in Alaska

By Amita Manandhar - 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…

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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…

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Traditions for Native Grads more than Feathers, Moccasins and Regalia

By Amita Manandhar - 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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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…

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Little Big Horn College President Honored at Annual Student Celebration

By Amita Manandhar - March 30, 2016

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

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Stand With Native Students, Transform Lives

By Amita Manandhar - March 10, 2016

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

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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 Amita Manandhar - 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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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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Diné College Museum Wins National Award

By Amita Manandhar - 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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Traditional Native Arts at the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums

By Amita Manandhar - 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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Emeritus Trustee Gail Bruce Honored by Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative

By Amita Manandhar - March 13, 2015

American Indian College Fund emeritus trustee Gail Bruce was honored at a special reception on March 9 by the Metropolitan…

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Denver Elders Honored at Annual Feast

By Amita Manandhar - December 9, 2014

The University of Denver Cable Center hosted the annual Elders Dinner. Christmas came early for close to 300…

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Meet Our Summer Interns

By Amita Manandhar - July 31, 2014

The 2014 American Indian College Fund Interns worked for seven weeks in the Office of Research and Special…

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Code Talkers Preserving Freedoms by Preserving Languages

By Amita Manandhar - May 25, 2014

Today, we pay tribute to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. Memorial Day…

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Test your Flu I.Q. and Find a Flu Vaccine Clinic Near You with the New Protect the Circle of Life Widget

By Amita Manandhar - February 5, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new flu vaccination widget for American Indians and Alaska…

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Tribal College Brings Tradition to Life

By Amita Manandhar - November 7, 2013

Between July 15 and August 2, Leech Lake Tribal College held a Community Birch Bark…

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Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition

By Amita Manandhar - October 31, 2013

November is Native American Heritage Month and the theme this year is “Guiding our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition.” American…

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Annual Flame of Hope Fundraising Gala Raises More than $400,000 to Benefit Native Education

By Amita Manandhar - October 10, 2013

The American Indian College Fund is projected to raise $550,000 support Native student scholarships at its 18th annual Flame of…

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American Indian College Fund Annual Flame of Hope Fundraising Gala Raises More than $400,000 to Benefit Native Education

By Amita Manandhar - October 10, 2013

The American Indian College Fund is projected to raise $550,000 support Native student scholarships at its 18th annual…

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College of Menominee Nation Big Day in Pre-K

By Amita Manandhar - September 1, 2013

Maria Defoe, pre-service teacher in the Anishinaabe Seasonal Science course, teaching a lesson to children on the science…

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