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Navajo Technical University Student Explores NASA’s Space Flight Technology, and the History of Her Own Tribe’s Technological Journey

By David Bledsoe - August 5, 2019

As the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first visit to the moon, American Indian College Fund Student…

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Sinte Gleska University and Oglala Lakota College GED Programs Complete Site Visits

By Dina Horwedel - July 1, 2019

By Sherman Marshall, II, SGU Adult Basic Education Department Director Per its vision statement, the Oglala Lakota…

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Native Pathways To College – 12th Grade Tips

By John Williams - April 2, 2019

12th Timeline by Davida Delmar…

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Native Pathways To College – 11th Grade Tips

By John Williams - April 2, 2019

11th Timeline by Davida Delmar…

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Native Pathways To College – 10th Grade Tips

By John Williams - April 2, 2019

10th Timeline by Davida Delmar…

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Native Pathways To College – 9th Grade Tips

By John Williams - April 2, 2019

9th Timeline by Davida Delmar…

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By John Williams - April 1, 2019

35 by Matthew…

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College Fund Honors Wieden+Kennedy Co-Founder David Kennedy with PENDLETON® Pathway Blanket

By Dina Horwedel - April 1, 2019

Pawnee-Yakama artist Bunky Echo-Hawk poses with the blanket he designed in honor of David Kennedy.

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College Admissions Scandal: Why Native Americans Are Not Surprised

By Dina Horwedel - March 30, 2019

Download Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Natives in Higher Education…

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Raising Native Children in a Good Way

By Dina Horwedel - November 27, 2018

By Sara Montgomery, Coordinator of the Anishinaabe and American Elementary Education Program and For the Wisdom of the Children Project…

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Connecting, Learning and Growing: Native Arts Convening

By Dina Horwedel - November 21, 2018

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) hosted a Native Arts convening in Seattle, Washington in September, 2018. Seven…

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Native Arts Workshops Based in Place

By Dina Horwedel - November 21, 2018

This is a collaborative series developed by the College Fund’s Environmental Sustainability, Native Arts and Early Childhood Education program initiatives.

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community College Builds Critical Partnerships Through Community Based Training Through Brazelton Touchpoints Center

By Amita Manandhar - December 22, 2016

The American Indian College Fund supports four tribal colleges in work to strengthen Native early childhood education under the Restorative…

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Staff Reflects on First Experience at Tribal Colleges

By Amita Manandhar - February 18, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and Navajo Technical College…

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Native Charities and Winter Giving

By Amita Manandhar - December 19, 2012

In November I had the opportunity to attend my first professional gathering as the new President of the American Indian…

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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

By Amita Manandhar - December 5, 2012

Did you know American Indians and Alaska Natives are up to four times more likely than the general U.S. population…

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Advertisers Speak About Need for Diversity and Giving Back

By Amita Manandhar - October 10, 2012

Wieden+Kennedy founder and Advertising Hall of Fame inductee David Kennedy speaks about why his firm is committed to helping the…

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Passion for Our People and Business Principles Make Successful Partnership

By Amita Manandhar - September 25, 2012

  Bruce DeBoskey, a Colorado-based philanthropic adviser for the DeBoskey Group, noted in a recent article in The…

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Education as a Tool to Eliminate Poverty

By Amita Manandhar - September 6, 2012

An interesting article about how education helps eradicate poverty, and why the federal government should make it a priority.

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Student Blogger, Therese: Gratitude

By Amita Manandhar - August 21, 2012

Expressing gratitude is a sometimes daily, sometimes bi-weekly ritual I practice. I am mindful to do this, especially when I…

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Student Blogger, Therese: Friends-Angels Among Us

By Amita Manandhar - August 15, 2012

During my summer season I have created some heart-fluttering, wake-up-smiling, indefinable memories with my friends, some of which have been…

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Student Blogger, Amber: Don’t Get Too Close

By Amita Manandhar - August 9, 2012

For the past month or so, I kept hearing rumors about bears walking around on the beach within city limits…

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Therese:The Summer Colors and Flavors of Indigenous Culture

By Amita Manandhar - August 6, 2012

A plethora of indigenous peoples and traditionally utilitarian and aesthetically captivating objects provokes inspiration for artists and is full of…

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Student Blogger, Therese: Come on, Get Happy

By Amita Manandhar - July 27, 2012

The title is a song that has been skipping in my memory since I realized my feelings trumped my view:…

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Student Blogger Therese: Summer Pastimes

By Amita Manandhar - July 18, 2012

We all have our favorite activities and pastimes that magnify the summer season.  Among the most common are reading novels…

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Third Time Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator Makes American Indian College Fund Wise Investment for Donors

By Amita Manandhar - May 2, 2012

When Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluation system, awarded the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) a coveted four-star…

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New Pell Grant Policy to Hurt Non-traditional Native Students

By Amita Manandhar - April 23, 2012

Many non-traditional students reenter college many years after a first unsuccessful try at higher education. They may have been unsuccessful…

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Native Students Honored at AIHEC Conference

By Amita Manandhar - March 28, 2012

Over the weekend the American Indian College Fund held two events at the AIHEC Student Conference. On Saturday night the…

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Stop by American Indian College Fund Booth at AIHEC

By Amita Manandhar - March 23, 2012

If you are a student attending the AIHEC conference in South Dakota, be sure to stop by the American Indian…

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Student Intern Bloggers Wanted!

By Amita Manandhar - March 22, 2012

We are looking for students to blog this summer about their internship experiences. Blogs would be for the duration…

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Kony 2012 Video Underscores Charities’ Need for Accountability to Donors and Communities

By Amita Manandhar - March 12, 2012

The Kony 2012 video, created by the nonprofit fundraising group Invisible Children, has touched a nerve with millions of people…

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Interested in a NASA Internship?

By Amita Manandhar - February 20, 2012

Outstanding American Indian students who are majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math field with at least a 3.0…

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The Making of Our Ad Campaign–See the Video

By Amita Manandhar - February 15, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a national advertising campaign? Wieden+Kennedy filmed a behind-the-scenes…

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American Indian College Fund Director, Joe Pytka, Receives One Club Honor

By Amita Manandhar - February 7, 2012

Contrary to the above headline, advertising legend Joe Pytka is most known for the hundreds of commercials he’s directed for…

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Northwest Indian College Team Selected for NASA Student Rocket Launch

By Amita Manandhar - February 6, 2012

Congratulations to Team SkyWalkers, Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) team that will be part of this year’s NASA Student…

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Student Punished for Speaking Native Language

By Amita Manandhar - January 31, 2012

A Menominee high school student in Wisconsin was punished for speaking her Native language there. She was teaching other students…

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How Tribal Colleges Reverse Boarding School Native Education Legacy

By Amita Manandhar - January 27, 2012

Education was a tool used by the U.S. government to try to assimilate American Indians. This Week in Indian Country’s piece, “Schools…

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Tucson Schools Bans Books by Native, Chicano, and Latino Authors

By Amita Manandhar - January 23, 2012

Tucson schools are banning works by acclaimed Native American, Chicano and Latino authors. Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and works by Henry…

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Scholarships Available! Apply Today!

By Amita Manandhar - January 9, 2012

The American Indian College Fund is the largest of minority scholarship providers for Native American students nationwide. Yet many qualified Native students…

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Give a Native Child the Gift of Reading

By Amita Manandhar - December 9, 2011

American Indian children could benefit greatly from the gift of reading this holiday season. The statistics on Native high school…

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The Herman Lissner Foundation’s Remarkable Legacy Funds Native Business Scholarships

By Amita Manandhar - December 7, 2011

The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) received a remarkable gift this year. The Herman Lissner Foundation granted the Fund…

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What’s In A Name? Fund Re-Names Scholarship Programs

By Amita Manandhar - November 8, 2011

To better reflect our scholarships and serve our students, you may notice a difference in our scholarship names. We will be migrating…

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Friday, June 10 Flooding Updates

By Amita Manandhar - June 10, 2011

The rain, plus heavy snowpack beginning to melt in the Rocky Mountains, has the Army Corps of Engineers increasing water…

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Majority of North Dakota on Flood Alert

By Amita Manandhar - June 9, 2011

Red Cross officials said today that sandbags are in place in Bismarck and the sourrounds and now the people are waiting for…

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Your Help Still Needed for Flood Relief!

By Amita Manandhar - June 7, 2011

Thanks to your support, the American Indian College Fund is raising money for immediate relief for flood victims in Montana and North…

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An Urgent Message About the Flooding from Rick Williams

By Amita Manandhar - June 3, 2011

Please watch this urgent message from the American Indian College Fund President Richard B. Williams about the need for emergency…

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Flood Waters Heading to Nebraska, May Impact Tribal College

By Amita Manandhar - June 3, 2011

The people of South Sioux City, Nebraska are preparing for flooding. The U.S. Corps of Engineers estimates about half of the…

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Congratulations to Our American Indian Graduates!

By Amita Manandhar - May 19, 2011

Graduation time is upon us. All of us at the American Indian College Fund want to wish all of our graduating students…

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Native student intern bloggers sought for summer!

By Amita Manandhar - May 10, 2011

Are you a Native student working at an internship this summer? What: You will be paid $10 per blog entry…

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Check Out Our AIHEC Photo Coverage

By Amita Manandhar - April 19, 2011

It’s an amazing thing to be surrounded by hundreds, if not more than one thousand, American Indian college students attending a tribal…

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Poetry and How We See the World

By Amita Manandhar - April 12, 2011

What we see as “real” or “reality” is actually a reflection of our culture. The New York Times columnist David…

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Why Tribal Colleges Should Receive Separate Funding from the Federal Government

By Amita Manandhar - April 6, 2011

Representatives of the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) attended the Department of Education’s (DOE) Listen and Learn session in…

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Fox News Commentator Shows Ignorance About American Indian Issues

By Amita Manandhar - March 31, 2011

Fox News contributor John Stossel said last week no group has had more help than American Indians. On a rant…

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Don’t Forget to Apply for Your Scholarship!

By Amita Manandhar - March 21, 2011

We are continuing to take scholarship applications at aicf.nmcstaging.com for fall semester 2011. Deadline for special scholarships is May 31,…

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Racism Against Native Peoples is Not Dead; It’s Not Even Sleeping

By Amita Manandhar - March 9, 2011

In the post-racial society that President Obama’s election was alleged to have ushered in, it’s both sad and offensive to…

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Naming and Claiming Intellectual Capital Increases Self-Efficacy at Tribal Colleges

By Amita Manandhar - February 21, 2011

“Without question, Native peoples have always believed in education and its ability to draw out inner potential to promote self-sufficient,…

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Attention All Tribal College Alumni!

By Amita Manandhar - February 15, 2011

We are looking for alumni to share their stories with the American Indian College Fund. Where are you today? How…

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Tribes demonstrate true spirit of Native giving

By Amita Manandhar - February 7, 2011

Cultural misunderstandings often lead to stereotypes. The phrase “Indian giver” is a perfect example of that. This slang term for…

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A Cold Winter

By Amita Manandhar - January 31, 2011

Winter is hard on everyone. Travel is difficult if not dangerous, and the colder temps in a northern climate make…

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American Indian Leadership for the Future

By Amita Manandhar - January 21, 2011

This week marked the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth and leadership. In honor of King, Richard B. Williams,…

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Differing Versions of History

By Amita Manandhar - January 11, 2011

Tribal colleges allow American Indian students to explore Native narratives of science, history, and more.

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Natives Experience Culture Shock at Mainstream Colleges

By Amita Manandhar - January 3, 2011

Many Native students report experiencing culture shock at mainstream colleges and universities. Several institutions offer support to help guide them…

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Finals Week Letter for Our Students

By Amita Manandhar - December 17, 2010

It’s finals week, the penultimate time when all of the hard work (or lack thereof) of the semester makes or…

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Cobell Settlement Passes Congress

By Amita Manandhar - November 30, 2010

The American Indian College Fund is delighted at the news that Congress passed Cobell settlement, and about the creation of the $60…

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Welcome to Our New Blog!

By Amita Manandhar - November 23, 2010

We hope you are enjoying our redesigned web site. We welcome your feedback and ideas about its interactive features, content,…

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Fund Employee Recounts Haskell Indian Nations University Visit

By Amita Manandhar - November 4, 2010

by Lindsay Klatt As an employee of the American Indian College Fund, I recently visited Haskell Indian Nations University. This…

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Passing of Margaret Teachout

By Amita Manandhar - October 29, 2010

All of us at the American Indian College Fund would like to express our sincere condolences to David, Gerald, and…

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Tribal College Student Perspective: Speaking at the Gala

By Amita Manandhar - October 27, 2010

In addition to raising $385,000 for student scholarships, our Flame of Hope Gala on Oct. 14 presented our donors with…

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Vote Now to Help the American Indian College Fund Win Funding!

By Amita Manandhar - September 29, 2010

Please help the American Indian College Fund to win funding from American Express through Members Project®. You can cast your…

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Welcome Mellon Fellows!

By Amita Manandhar - September 9, 2010

The American Indian College Fund welcomes our new Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Research Program and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation…

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A Message to Our Students for the New School Year

By Amita Manandhar - August 31, 2010

Many of our tribal college students are back in school or are preparing to go back now. We at the…

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Calling All Tribal College Alumni

By Amita Manandhar - August 9, 2010

The American Indian College Fund wants your story! If you graduated from a tribal college or university and were an…

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Letter from a Supporter

By Amita Manandhar - July 27, 2010

I’d like to personally thank Sandra Beasley of Cleveland, Ohio, an unenrolled member of the Cherokee tribe who resides in…

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Native Students Thank You for Sharing Your Summer Bounty

By Amita Manandhar - June 24, 2010

June 21 marked the first day of summer solstice. Summer was traditionally a busy time among Native peoples, as sedentary…

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On the Road Again-South Dakota

By Amita Manandhar - June 14, 2010

Be sure to watch our blog this week as Jonas Greene and Jaime Aguilar set out for South Dakota to…

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Coaching and Investing in Our Students’ Futures

By Amita Manandhar - May 18, 2010

Most of us who have achieved a measure of success in our lives had someone special who believed in us—a…

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American Indian College Fund to Film Video at Tribal Colleges

By Amita Manandhar - April 19, 2010

The Public Education team of the American Indian College Fund is on the road, filming students at tribal colleges and…

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Remembering Minnie Two Shoes

By Amita Manandhar - April 12, 2010

On April 9, the journalism world lost a fine journalist, activist, and teacher. Minnie Two Shoes (Assiniboine from the Ft.

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Wilma Mankiller Passes On

By Amita Manandhar - April 8, 2010

Our sympathies and best wishes go out to the friends and family of Wilma Mankiller, who passed on from…

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Native STEM Students Thinking Indian

By Amita Manandhar - February 24, 2010

This week I have been made proud by a tribal college student and graduate in the STEM fields that are…

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President’s Day

By Amita Manandhar - February 15, 2010

I thought I would take the opportunity this President’s Day to reflect on what it means to be a good…

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Call for Contributors

By Amita Manandhar - February 2, 2010

In the next few months, we will be revamping this blog to reflect the voices of our students, our tribal…

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Happy New Year from the American Indian College Fund

By Amita Manandhar - January 4, 2010

As 2010 begins, we at the Fund wish all good things and every success for our supporters and our students.

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Happy New Year!

By Amita Manandhar - December 31, 2009

As we head into 2010, we at the American Indian College Fund would like to thank you for your support…

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Donate by 12/31/09 for Your Tax Deduction!

By Amita Manandhar - December 21, 2009

It’s not too late! You can still make a tax-deductible gift to the American Indian College Fund by 12/31/09. The…

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Cobell Settlement A Dream Come True

By Amita Manandhar - December 14, 2009

The U.S. government has settled a long-running lawsuit over royalties owed to American Indians. The Interior Department will distribute $1.4…

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Need a Holiday Gift Idea?

By Amita Manandhar - December 7, 2009

It’s always hard to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. One donor shared that instead of…

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Native Heritage Month

By Amita Manandhar - November 16, 2009

November is Native Heritage Month. Thanksgiving is often referred to as a time when Indian people came together with the…

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Gearing up to Celebrate 20 Years of Our Mission

By Amita Manandhar - October 26, 2009

This Wednesday marks our 20th anniversary Flame of Hope Gala. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 20 years in…

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Countdown to Our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

By Amita Manandhar - October 22, 2009

It’s less than a week away, and we hope to see you there. The Empress of Soul, Ms. Gladys Knight,…

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Guest Blogger: Thinking Indian

By Amita Manandhar - September 29, 2009

My name is Jennifer DeVerney and I work at Herzing University as an Intern and Employer Outreach Specialist with the…

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College Fund on the airwaves

By Amita Manandhar - September 24, 2009

American Indian College Fund President and CEO Richard B. Williams and Casey Lozar, Director of Corporate and Tribal Relations, will…

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American Indians Are Still Here-Guest Blog

By Amita Manandhar - September 20, 2009

We will be running a series of guest blogs about what it means to “Think Indian” in today’s world. This…

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20 Years of Support–Thank You!

By Amita Manandhar - September 15, 2009

On Sunday, we were thrilled to meet LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson and support a charity near and dear to…

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Calling All Bloggers!

By Amita Manandhar - August 10, 2009

We are looking for tribal college students, faculty, and staff who want to share their stories about what it means…

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Native American Journalism Association Celebrates 25 Years

By Amita Manandhar - August 4, 2009

Fund staffers Dina Horwedel and Jonas Greene had the opportunity to present information to the Native American Journalists Association about…

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Challenges of First-Generation American Indian Students

By Amita Manandhar - July 27, 2009

According to the Pell Institute, only 11% of first-generation students earn a degree within six years. There are many reasons…

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Leadership

By Amita Manandhar - July 20, 2009

This week the team at the American Indian College Fund embarks on a one-day retreat to recharge and regenerate, learning…

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Education is independence

By Amita Manandhar - July 6, 2009

After Independence Day, one thing strikes me: if American Indians are ever going to be free of poverty and being…

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The Politics of Ignorance

By Amita Manandhar - June 22, 2009

Check out my article on the political motives behing ignorance about Native Peoples at Indian Country Today. http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/opinion/46721207.html…

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