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Community and Cultural Engagement
We provide scholarships, programming to improve American Indian and Alaska Native student access to higher education, and the support and tools for them to succeed once they are there.
The American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities.
Introduction to the Strategic Plan
The American Indian College Fund’s strategic plan serves as a guide to achieving the College Fund’s mission and purposes. The strategic plan is developed through the input of constituencies served by the College Fund and with analysis of information that describes promising practices in support of Indigenous students’ post-secondary success and Tribal College and University (TCU) capacity.
The 2022-26 strategic plan was developed with the support of an internal College Fund team and facilitation by Deborah His Horse Is Thunder as a planning consultant. A series of group exercises, discussions, and review of relevant reports articulated the needs, priorities, demographics, and challenges of Native students and the tribal colleges and universities. This new strategic plan seeks to address the needs of its constituents and rests solidly on the previous strategic plan. It builds upon the successes, accomplishments, and lessons learned over the past five years and beyond. The College Fund’s mission, vision, and guiding remain unchanged in this process.
The Strategic Plan is multi-faceted with the primary pillars being support of Indigenous students’ identity and well-being through post-secondary success, increasing the capabilities and capacity of tribal colleges and universities, promoting the visibility of Indigenous voices and prosperity, and ensuring the stability of the College Fund. We view the strategic plan as a structured framework from which to do our critical work of supporting students and tribal families and communities.
Tribal College and University Capacity-Building Initiative
Capacity-building generates resources that foster relationships, knowledge, and tools for TCUs to carry out their respective missions and nurture the well-being of their local communities.
The College Fund provides support to TCUs to diversify resources, build human capital, and create processes, programming, and systems that are culturally aligned for long-term sustainability.
The College Fund supports opportunities for place-based learning, research, relationship building, and knowledge sharing opportunities among TCU leadership, faculty, staff, and students.
Place-Based Programming – The College Fund provides resources to support growth of TCU academic and community-based language and place-based programming opportunities for Native students, faculty, staff, and community.
The College Fund supports TCUs in their development of holistic and culturally grounded support services and wellness institutional practices to foster Native student, staff, and faculty success.