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President's Message

American Indians face many unique challenges to getting a college degree or education. The result is that few American Indians enter college and graduate. Just look at the facts:

  • Native youth face some of the lowest high school graduation rates nationwide.
  • Only 1% of American Indians are enrolled in college.
  • Natives have the lowest educational attainment rates of all ethnic and racial groups. Only 13.6% of American Indian and Alaska Natives earned a college degree, compared to 28% of other racial groups.

In my 30-year career as an educator, my work has been inspired by the vision of the founders of the tribal college movement. These accredited institutions of post-secondary education provide an academic, career, and technical education to Native people alongside opportunities to learn their language, culture, and history. Tribal colleges are strategically located on or near American Indian reservations, giving Native people an opportunity to get an accessible quality education. 
The American Indian College Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, has a record of more than 25 years of success. We recruit, prepare, and provide students with financial access to a post-secondary education while supporting programs and initiatives at the tribal colleges to help them succeed. Thanks to your support, our students can look forward to a future of prosperity for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Pilamaya he, thank you, for your friendship,

Wacinyanpi Win (They Depend on Her)

Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota)
President, American Indian College Fund



"I am inspired by the achievements of our students to seek even greater resources for tribal colleges and their students."

Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota), President and CEO