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.
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.
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.
The American Indian College Fund has appointed two tribal college presidents and two private sector professionals to its governing board of trustees.
National Native Scholarship Providers Statement on Affirmative Action: Concerns for Continued Native Student Access to Higher Education and Programs
The four organizations that comprise the National Native Scholarships Providers (the American Indian College Fund, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Cobell Scholarship Program administered by Indigenous Education, Inc., and Native Forward Scholars Fund) are disheartened by the June 29th Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.
Denver Post Names American Indian College Fund a 2023 Colorado Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by Denver Post Top Workplaces. This is the College Fund’s fifth consecutive year on the list, which is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC.
Little Priest Tribal College Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to Improve Cybersecurity and Create Stem Opportunities for Indigenous Students
May 8, 2023, Winnebago, Nebraska - Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Equity for Excellence (EES) for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) grant that will help the college meet compliance standards and ensure...
American Indian College Fund Research Examines Academic Program Development and Assessment Focus for Student Success at Tribal Colleges
The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) is releasing three briefs with findings from a three-part research project on tribal colleges and universities it conducted in 2020-21. The focus of the research includes tribal college and university (TCU) student support services, program development and review, and sustainability.