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Student Blogger Amber: Alaska Winters and Subsistence Living

I remember the cold winters we had in the past, but this winter most likely beat the record low. Temperatures below zero are very common for Alaskan winters. Our winters typically last from mid-October to the end of May. This year we didn’t get our first snowfall until early November, so we thought maybe “Global [...]

Meet Therese, Student Blogger from IAIA!

I am Therese.  I just completed my first semester at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   I am on Create My Canvas Path, majoring in studio arts and museum studies.  My Native affiliation is what I refer to as “mixed media”-Native, Mayan, and Mexican. Around three years ago, I [...]

Meet Lee, Student Blogger and NASA Student Intern, Kennedy Space Center

My name is Lee. I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and I’m an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. I’m a full student at Leech Lake Tribal College and will be entering my second year of college in the fall. I will be transferring to the University of Kansas to complete a [...]

Meet Amber, Ilisagvik College Student from Alaska!

Hello all! My name is Amber. My Inupiat name is Kapuqqaq (pronounced “ga-bu-kuk”). I am a tribal member of the Native Village of Unalakleet, located on the Northwest coast of Alaska. The community itself consists of roughly 750 people year-round. It’s a small town, but there is plenty to do. In May I received my [...]

Montana Tribal College Produces Native Firefighters

One thousand firefighters are in the back yard of the American Indian College Fund headquarters, battling Colorado’s third largest forest fire in history, dubbed the High Park Fire. And there’s a good chance that several firefighters are American Indians, thanks to Salish Kootenai College’s firefighting program in Pablo, Montana. The nearly 50,000-acre fire, which was [...]

Liberian Refugee Finds New Home at Tribal College

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) graduate Reginnah Weah had a lot to celebrate last week. Reginnah achieved her childhood dream by graduating with a degree in nursing. And Reginnah, a refugee from Liberia, a West African nation that went through a devastating civil war, may have also been celebrating the fact that [...]

“Hats Off” to the Class of 2012

As many scholars celebrate their way across the stages at graduation many proceed with a sense of personal style and expression. I remember attending a graduation for the University of Notre Dame and there a row of graduates collectively spelled J.O.B.L.E.S.S across their graduate caps. Others, like a group of students from my own graduation [...]

Graduations on the Warrior Trail

It is a great privilege when staff members of The American Indian College Fund are able to visit the tribal colleges and universities, as well as a chance to learn about our organization’s impact on Native communities first-hand. It is only my second visit to the state of Montana, and both times have been for [...]

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

When Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluation system, awarded the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) a coveted four-star rating for sound fiscal management and transparency, it was our third consecutive four-star rating. It was also no surprise to those that work at the American Indian College Fund. Charity Navigator applies data-driven analysis to [...]

New Pell Grant Policy to Hurt Non-traditional Native Students

Many non-traditional students reenter college many years after a first unsuccessful try at higher education. They may have been unsuccessful due to poor study skills; poor preparation for college due to ineffective high schools; lack of discipline; lack of financial or family support; or a combination of several factors. When faced with low-wage jobs, many [...]