Today at the Fund we had a real treat. John Emhoolah Jr. (Kiowa), one of the founding members of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), paid a visit to the Fund to discuss the roots of the tribal college movement.
In addition to the wonderful stories Mr. Emhoolah shared, it was humbling to be in his presence and hear of the passion he still carries for our students, for Indian self-determination, and for the continuation of American Indian culture. Emhoolah was instrumental in the passage of the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, signed by President Jimmy Carter. This legislation provides funding for AIHEC tribal colleges.
In the great spirit of the warrior, Mr. Emhoolah is both a role model to us here at the Fund, and embodies our values. We have big shoes to fill!