Leech Lake Tribal College Joins Obama’s College Day Of Action December 5, 2014
Class is in session at Leech Lake Tribal College just like any other day, but today is not a typical Thursday. As part of the White house College Opportunity Day of Action, the president of the college, Dr. Donald Day, was invited to Washington D.C. to meet with the president of the United States. This is the second year the white house has hosted a day of action, but the first time the Leech Lake Tribal College was invited to join. They celebrated the honor with a live stream viewing party.
President Obama introduces “Generation Indigenous” for American Indian students December 5, 2014
KESHENA – At the College of Menominee Nation, many students like Sally Hill are going back to school.
“The job that I was passed over for, I didn’t have the bachelor’s education that was required. Even though I had that experience, that piece of paper kept me from getting that job,” said Hill.
The College of Menominee Nation President Verna Fowler says childhood poverty prevents many local Native American students from getting degrees.
Secretary’s Column: USDA Partners with Native Americans December 4, 2014
USDA will also support partnerships with three tribal colleges (Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D.; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.; United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D.) by providing grant writing assistance and other services to help traditionally underserved communities access federal resources. We are also providing a $5.4 million loan to upgrade broadband service for residents of New Mexico’s Mescalero Apache Reservation. This is the first telecommunications loan USDA has made under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provision of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Initiative to Lift Up Native American Youth December 3, 2014
Maurianna Loretto, an environmental science major at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, says education is key to beating the odds stacked against so many Native American young people.
“There are challenges in the community," said Loretto, 22. "There are negative influences that someone can easily get into and get wrapped up in — and I think we just need people to motivate the young to do good for themselves.”
Student Spotlight: Rebecca Diaz Works Toward Starting a Business December 3, 2014
Tribal college student Rebecca Diaz is grateful for the help she and her family receive from supporters of the American Indian College Fund. This veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces wants to provide the people in her community a needed service, and earning a college degree is the first big step to realize that dream.
The Seventh Generation: 5 Student Projects Making A Difference December 3, 2014
Making a better life is the number one reason Native college students say they attend a tribal college, Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said. “They show us by their community work that a better life is more than employment,” Crazy Bull said. “It is about health, social justice, quality education, and a better tribal government.”
Activist LaDuke shares wisdom at FLC November 14, 2014
LaDuke spoke with students about how to be effective in creating social change.
Visit is highlight of Native American Heritage Month
Building Children’s Protective Factors : The Extra Effect of Language Programs November 14, 2014
Lakota Woglaka Wounspe is a kindergarten through fourth grade language immersion school supported by Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I visited the school in 2013 to learn how their Administration for Native Americans (ANA) language grant unfolded. Looking at student assessments and hearing Lakota through the halls, I could tell the project increased use of the language. I was equally impressed when the director said his students have a more positive outlook, deeper connection to culture, and increased self-confidence as a result of the program.
How Can Community Colleges Get a Piece of the Billions That Donors Give to Higher Education? November 14, 2014
Last year at its annual gala, LaGuardia Community College, arguably the most ethnically diverse college in the country, honored Marilyn Skony Stamm, the chief executive of a global heating and air-conditioning business. A child of the South Side of Chicago who had gone to Northwestern on scholarship, Ms. Stamm maintained a committed interest in education and joined LaGuardia’s foundation board six years ago, proving herself a skilled networker for an institution with minimal capacity for soliciting money.