This article originally appeared on the Aspen Institute. Manoj Patil immigrated to the United States on January 1, 2001, to continue his higher education. After graduating with his master’s degree in May 2002, Patil joined Western Iowa Tech Community College...
Erica Kleinman (Diné and Rincon Band of Luiseño)Tohono O’odham Community CollegeGraduate 2023 Shí éí Erica Kleinman yinishyé. Rincon Band of Luiseno nishłį́. Ta'neeszahnii bashishchiin. Lok'aa' Dine dashicheii. Naakai Dine dashinalí. I recently graduated with an...
Building the Capacity of Early Childhood Education through Innovative Indigenous Approaches: Integrating Indigenous Culture, Philosophy, and Pedagogy into ECE Programming
The 2022-2023 Ihduwiyayapi: Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education program grant from the American Indian College Fund at Little Priest Tribal College, titled Building the Capacity of Early Childhood Education through Innovative Indigenous Approaches, supported the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) in a variety of ways to help indigenize ECE programming, curriculum, instruction, pathways, and the total educational experience of early childhood students.
It is not enough to remove mascots publicly. We demand mascots be eliminated permanently on all fronts because mascots, words, and behaviors work to perpetuate old and harmful stereotypes about Indigenous people. Instead, we must celebrate and respect the vibrant role of Indigenous people in both American historical and modern times.
American Indian College Fund Faculty Fellowships Develop Teaching and Research Expertise at Tribal Colleges and Universities
The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) awarded fellowships totaling $213,500 to 12 tribal college and university (TCU) faculty and staff in the spring of 2023. These fellowships support faculty pursuing graduate credits, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The College Fund’s faculty fellowship programs are creating greater education expertise in Indian Country, while building the academic and intellectual capacity of the 35 tribal colleges and universities it supports.
The team at the American Indian College Fund was saddened to learn of legendary musician Robbie Robertson’s passing. Mr. Robertson was the son of a Cayuga and Mohawk mother and lived on the Six Nations Reserve in Canada southwest of Toronto during his youth.
Sinte Gleska University’s high school equivalency students become grounded in their cultural identities as they lead community engagement efforts through Native Arts workshops.
The American Indian College Fund is disheartened and concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College will impinge on the equitable access to an affordable higher education for American Indian and Alaska Natives and other diverse student groups. We refuse to let this decision reverse decades of progress in educational achievement which has benefitted talented and accomplished Native students and other diverse students with the opportunity for an affordable higher education, along with their families, and their communities.
For TCUs and Native organizations, those in higher education, and tribal representatives it is extremely important to review these bills and policies, which go beyond attacking the 2SLGTBQ+ community and include language that threaten the rights and autonomy of women, parents, educators and education, the healthcare system, and Indigenous sovereignty.
American Indian College Fund President and CEO Co-Authors Chapter on Native Higher Education in the Northern Plains
American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull co-authored a chapter in the recently released book “On Indian Ground – A Return to Indigenous Knowledge: Generating Hope, Leadership, and Sovereignty Through Education.” This work, focused on the Northern Plains, is one of a ten-book series from Information Age Publishing that explores American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian education in different regions.