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History and Mission

Our History

  • In 1968, the Navajo Nation created a first-of-its-kind educational institution—a college controlled by the tribe, located on the Navajo reservation—to provide a quality higher education to the surrounding community.
  • In 1989, tribal college presidents established the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) in New York City to raise private-sector funds for scholarships for American Indian students and to support the tribal colleges. The College Fund relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2002.
  • The College Fund believes “Education is the answer" and has provided more than 100,000 scholarships since its inception and an average of 6,000 scholarships per year to American Indian students. The College Fund also helps support 35 accredited tribal colleges.
  • Tribal colleges promote academic achievement and cultural identity, while creating social and economic opportunities in their communities.

Our 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.




Only 1% of college students are American Indian.