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Jul 15, 2022 | College Fund, Press Releases

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of American Indian College Fund, to Speak July 22 with Tribal Leaders Addressing Native American Intergenerational Poverty and Mobility

Event Sponsored by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

July 15, 2022, Denver, Colo.— Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, will speak with other tribal leaders on Friday, July 22 from 12:00-2:15 p.m. ET online about how the harmful effects of living in poverty during childhood can entrench families and communities in its cycles, transmitting poverty from one generation to the next.

Poverty disproportionately impacts Native American families for systemic reasons, and disparities in poverty rates recur across generations. This virtual meeting sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Policies and Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty will engage with leaders, researchers, and practitioners to gather information on issues concerning intergenerational poverty and mobility among Native American families in the U.S. Panelists and participants will explore key structural determinants affecting this population’s poverty, while promising interventions designed to address those determinants.

This virtual public information-gathering session will inform the work of the committee. Opportunities for public comment will be available as time allows.

The meeting includes three sessions:

(Day 1) July 22, 2022, from 12:00pm – 2:15pm ET:

· SESSION I: A Conversation with Tribal Leaders on Intergenerational Poverty

· SESSION II: Intergenerational Poverty and Mobility Among Native Americans: Data and Trends

(Day 2) July 25, 2022, from 12:00pm – 1:15pm ET:

· SESSION III: A Conversation with Researchers and Practitioners: Drivers and Interventions of Intergenerational Poverty Among Native Americans

Day 1 (July 22) public sessions will be live webcast and archived on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine web page at You can also register to attend the session live at the web page.

About the American Indian College Fund—The American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 32 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided $15.5 million in scholarships and other direct student support to American Indian students in 2020-21. Since its founding in 1989 the College Fund has provided more than $259 million in scholarships, programmatic and community support. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

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