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.

Environmental Stewardship Blogs

Read important Program News from the team at College Fund.

Call for Proposals: SEEDS Program One-Year Integrated Grants

Call for Proposals: SEEDS Program One-Year Integrated Grants

The American Indian College Fund’s Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) Program is offering four one-year, $50,000 integrated grants to support building the capacity of environmental, natural science and sustainability programs at tribal colleges and universities located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the grasslands region of Montana.

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How to Help

Currently only 14.5% of American Indians hold college degrees. But with 42% of Native Americans being 24 years old or younger, you have the opportunity to make an incredible impact for this generation and generations to come when you donate today.