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.
With deep sadness, we share the news of the passing of our friend, advocate, leader, and teacher, Dr. Verna Fowler, the founding President of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN).
Jennifer Gauthier has been named the Director of the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN). Jennifer will assume leadership of SDI on September 11, 2023. SDI was organized in 1993 by tribal community leaders representing a broad spectrum of institutional interests including governance, commerce, education, and natural resource management.
Danny Luecke of Turtle Mountain Community College and Dr. David Sanders of American Indian College Fund Co-author Research on Growing Math and Dakota/Lakota Language Fluency Together
The focus of tribal colleges’ work is to seek connections between the cultures and heritage of the Indigenous communities they serve and mainstream education curricula. Danny Luecke (enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), a member of the Teacher Education Department at Turtle Mountain Community College, and Dr. David Sanders (enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe), Vice President of Research at the American Indian College Fund, explored the connections between math content, local culture, and the classroom.
The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) received a final decision from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Institutional Actions Council to reaffirm the accreditation of the college for the next ten years. The accreditation shows that CMN is meeting quality standards as an institution of higher education.
The Sitting Bull College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Phillips the new president of Sitting Bull College.
American Indian College Fund’s Ded Unskanpi Adult Basic Education Program to Address Education Gap for Native Students
The American Indian College Fund’s Ded Unskanpi (which translates from Dakota as “we start here”) Adult Basic Education Program will support five tribal college and university (TCU) partners through June 2024.
College of the Muscogee Nation’s President Appointed to the Newly Established Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Postsecondary Commission
OKMULGEE, Okla. – The College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN) is proud to announce that its president, Dr. Monte Randall, was named as a commissioner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the newly established Carnegie Postsecondary Commission....
Dr. Kayla Alkire-Stewart (Standing Rock Sioux Nation), who joined the American Indian College Fund as a research and evaluation associate in 2023, published an article about faculty evaluations at tribal colleges and universities in the Tribal College Journal.
National Native Scholarships Providers Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Student Loan Forgiveness
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding student loan forgiveness, the NNSP shares how this decision will affect Tribal communities and calls on policymakers and higher education institutions alike to make a college education affordable for all.