Environmental Stewardship

Preserving Natural Resources

Strengthening environmental science opportunities for students.

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students. It provides support for TCUs that are working with Native communities to develop and implement research initiatives and innovative collaborations. The goal is to help students learn to preserve natural resources, address environmental and climate issues, and strategically steward their resources to align with cultural and tribal connections to land, water, animals, and air.


Environmental Stewardship Programs

Learn more about our grant programs to strengthen environmental science opportunities for students.

Obdaya Opta Tate Kin Kah’boke (Winds Blowing Across the Prairie)
Active Program Dates: 2020-2023
Through the integration of place-based and intergenerational knowledge into environmental and natural science programming, TCUs will implement projects that address the specific needs of the Northern Great Plains (NGP) region.

Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS)
Active Program Dates: 2017-2020
The Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) program will build program, faculty, and institutional capacity at tribal colleges and universities to strengthen and expand curriculum, faculty development, degree programs, and student success in the field of environmental sciences and related fields.

Building Sustainability Pathways
Active Program Dates: 2014-2017
In 2013, the College Fund conducted listening sessions with twelve tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the upper Midwest region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). The purpose of the sessions was to determine areas of interest and need related to institutional, faculty, and student development in the environmental and sustainability fields at the TCUs.

Environmental Stewardship Blogs

Read important Program News from the team at College Fund.

Thinking Sustainably at Tribal Colleges

Thinking Sustainably at Tribal Colleges

For many, it’s a matter of economics. For others, policy. These are necessary components, of course, but thinking in such terms can easily gloss over some of the most important choices we make: the smaller ones we make day to day, often without much forethought

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The Iñupiat family engagement event was held at the Aimaaġvik Assisted Living Center to celebrate the season with the elder residents.

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