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History and Mission

The American Indian College Fund's History

  • In 1968, the Navajo Nation created a first-of-its-kind educational institution—a college controlled by the tribe, located on the reservation—to educate tribal members.
  • In 1989, tribal college presidents established the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) to raise private-sector funds for the tribal colleges and scholarships for students in New York City. The College Fund relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2002.
  • Today the American Indian College Fund helps support the 34 accredited tribal colleges located in 13 states that serve Native American students nationwide.
  • Only 5% or less of American Indian College Fund scholars can afford college without financial assistance.
  • Tribal colleges promote academic achievement and cultural identity, while lifting people out of poverty and creating social and economic change in rural communities.
  • Tribal colleges receive little or no local or state tax support, making your support crucial.

The American Indian College Fund's Mission

The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole.




Tribal college students typically have extreme financial need and are the first in their families to attend college.