Indigenous Visionaries

Indigenous Visionaries

The Indigenous Visionaries initiative builds upon the American Indian College Fund’s previous work for a number of years developing Native women leaders, through education, mentoring, and networking. Indigenous Visionaries focuses on connecting students at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) with faculty members in their area of study.

Within their academic disciplines, Indigenous Visionaries fellows will engage in research and programming that builds on and expands their studies, mentored by a tribal college faculty member with expertise in their field. Through this mentoring relationship, fellows will participate in a community project, learn how to address tribal and local issues, understand what it takes to create change in a community, and experience possibilities for a potential career in their field of choice.

The College Fund’s goal is to develop Native women leaders who have a foundation in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and history, and who will bring visionary leadership to Native communities in the future.

What’s New



Reaching out to the Youngest Children! In Year 1, #FortheWisdomoftheChildren #teachers expanded 329 children’s learning and development opportunities by increasing #STEM learning in early learning classrooms.
#NativeTeachers #ECE #NativeECE #ECESTEM #Children #Families #NWIC

The Univ. of Minnesota just welcomed a record number of incoming #NativeAmerican medical students. This is a big deal because in the 2017-18 school year, only 0.1% of medical students were Native American! We're so happy to see this number increasing!

The @collegefund is proud to partner with @GWCIPP Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy to raise awareness of Native history and influence in our nation's capital with the Indigenous Guide to DC #ThinkIndian #NativeAmerican #WashingtonDC #NativeVote

2020 Brock Prize Nominee Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz (Diné) oversees an important initiative that strengthens the preparation of #EarlyChildhood educators and caregivers using a #CulturallyRelevant, responsive, and asset-based approach rooted in Indigenous knowledge. @YazzieMintz

Manuel(Otoe-Missouria) wants to be the 1st in his family to be a college professor. With your support, he has already completed the 1st step towards achieving his goal by getting his bachelor's degree. Thank you for helping #NativeScholars reach their goals! #EducationIsTheAnswer

It's launch day for our work on @FirstThorlos. 5% of net proceeds from these #outdoor socks will benefit @collegefund and #nativescholars.

Native poet Joy Harjo, the FIRST #NativeAmerican Poet Laureate, is bringing Native issues to light with her newly released poetry collection. We can't wait to see her continue sharing the stories of our #Native communities on a national stage.

Today is National Navajo Code Talkers Day. Join us in celebrating these brave #NativeAmerican veterans who risked their lives in service of our country and helped us win WWII #ThinkIndian #CodeTalkers #Navajo #Veterans

Because of you, #NativeScholars like Nylana, Tasha, & Kasa are starting to see the sphere of their influence & impact grow. Their stories are a concrete example of how your support can impact lives in ways we can’t imagine. Read more


Young #Native engineers visited @NASAJPL today from Montana & North Dakota! Participated in NASA Lunar Challenge, top teams in their region, and with that Native flair: their Lunar module was a teepee! 🤣 Good to meet you & your students @kayblecar

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Women Leaders Photo with quote about program