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Dina Horwedel, Director of Public Education, American Indian College Fund, 303-426-8900,

Colleen R. Billiot, Public Education Coordinator, American Indian College Fund, 720-214-2569,

Jul 13, 2022 | College Fund, Press Releases

July 6, 2022, Denver, Colo.— The American Indian College Fund, a national non-profit organization with a mission of investing in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities, created its strategic plan for 2022-2027. The strategic plan was approved by the College Fund Board of Trustees at its fourth-quarter board meeting.

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) uses its strategic plan as a guide to achieve its mission and purpose. The organization created its strategic plan using input from its constituencies and by analyzing information concerning promising practices that support Indigenous students’ post-secondary success and the capacity of tribal colleges and universities (TCU).

An internal strategic planning team and external consultant, Deborah His Horse is Thunder, worked with senior College Fund leadership to develop the 2022-26 strategic plan. The team engaged in a series of group exercises, discussions, and review of reports and data that articulated the needs, priorities, demographics, and challenges of Native students and the TCUs.

The new 2022-2026 strategic plan addresses the needs of its constituents and rests solidly on the previous strategic plan, building upon the successes, accomplishments, and lessons learned over the past five years and beyond. It is multi-faceted, with primary pillars of support including the support of Indigenous students’ identity and well-being through post-secondary success, increasing the capabilities and capacity of TCUs, increasing the visibility of Indigenous students, and amplifying their voices for prosperity, and ensuring the stability of the College Fund. The plan serves as a structured framework from which the College Fund will continue its critical work over the next five years of supporting Native students, tribal families, and tribal communities.

To download a copy of the 2022-26 Strategic Plan, visit and click on Strategic Plan under Other Resources.

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