Blackfeet Community College making progress toward four-year status November 12, 2014
When Dr. Billie Jo Kipp assumed the President’s position at Blackfeet Community College in 2011, she knew there were issues to be confronted. The college was some $906,000 in the red in net assets; the faculty hadn’t had an increase in wages in three years, and no consistent means were being used to measure success or failure. Mostly students would go to BCC after having failed at another institution, not so much after high school.
Much has changed in three years at BCC. In her annual evaluation, Dr. Kipp laid out her objectives and the progress made in achieving them.
Scholarship Awarded to NTU STEM Students November 10, 2014
Four Navajo Technical University students were announced as recipients of the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, a $75,000 scholarship that allocates copy8,750 over four years to female tribal college students in the STEM fields.
The American Indian College Fund administers the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, and stated that it required a restrictive application process that was limited to four-year majors with a 2.0 GPA in the fields of Computer Science, Digital Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering. With these restrictions, only two tribal colleges qualified to benefit from the scholarship, NTU and Sinte Gleska University; however, only NTU students were awarded.
Diné College Offers B.A. in Business Administration November 9, 2014
In launching its new baccalaureate program in business administration, Diné College is taking steps to strengthen the economic sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.
The Higher Learning Commission has approved a new baccalaureate program in business administration to be offered at Diné College. The new Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students in business administration generally, but emphasizes tribal management and economic development. The program is offered through the college’s Business, Applied Science, Economic, and Technology (BASET) Division. “These academic programs serve bot h the workforce and the community development needs of the Navajo Nation and other tribes,” stated Diné College president Dr. Maggie George. “Workers in the tribal business sectors can now seek to advance their careers at Diné College.”
San Felipe Pueblo Runner Looking to Carry on Tradition in His Final Meets November 7, 2014
If you listen to Christian Gering speak, he sounds like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Gering, San Felipe Pueblo, told ICTMN that when he runs, he doesn’t represent himself, but he represents the people, ancestors, the men who have gone before him, teammates and everyone who helped along the way.
25th Anniversary Gala a Tribute to the College Fund's Success and Future October 23, 2014
The 25th Anniversary Gala for the American Indian College Fund turned out to be the largest event the organization has ever held, with almost 450 people in attendance. Of those, more than 30 tribal college presidents were in attendance.
The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction that included Native pottery, birchbark items, jewelry, Pendleton blankets, artwork and ledgerwork. Once everyone moved into the dining area, Master of Ceremonies David Ushery, co-anchor for NBC 4’s weekend edition of “News 4 New York” began introducing videos created for the evening.
Fond du Lac College tests dragonfly larvae for mercury October 22, 2014
Fond du Lac Reservation, MN (NNCNOW.com) - There has long been concern about levels of methyl mercury in the St. Louis River watershed.
Testing for mercury levels usually involves testing the fish that swim in the river, but Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is experimenting with a different way to test those levels.
October 22, 2014 Updated Oct 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM CDT
Comcast and NBCUniversal Donate $5M in Advertising to the College Fund October 17, 2014
The American Indian College Fund, a national Native education non-profit, announced October 16 that Comcast and NBCUniversal is partnering with them to further the cause of Native American higher education with a donation of $5 million of advertising for its 2015 public service announcement (PSA) on its cable system and an additional gift of $500,000 of in-kind services and cash. The support will help the College Fund launch its 25th anniversary goals to increase Native American scholarship support and financial assistance for the nation’s tribal colleges and universities to increase the number of Native Americans with a higher education.
Hope STEMS, Native American Students Blossom October 16, 2014
A hardscrabble childhood didn’t “harden” Erika Torres-Hernandez, but it did sharpen the Chippewa-Cree tribe member’s resolve to achieve her goals and give back.
A recipient of a Toyota Tribal College Scholarship, Torres-Hernandez studies math at a tribal college in Rocky Boy, Mont. Once the 3.7-GPA student earns her four-year degree from a university, she plans to return to the reservation to teach high school.
K-12 schools can learn from black, American Indian colleges October 15, 2014
It’s arguably the biggest challenge facing many public schools in Minnesota: Disproportionately high numbers of black and American Indian K-12 students aren’t doing well academically, compared with their white peers. Along with Latino kids, they are the focus of any discussion about learning gaps or disparities.
Yet students with the same challenges as those in public schools can thrive at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Those institutions have long histories of educating students and producing high percentages of America’s professionals of color.
University of Montana Dedicates New Elouise Cobell Institute October 13, 2014
More than a 100 people helped dedicate the new Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana.
The institute is located in the Payne Family Native American Center. It aims to bring higher levels of interaction among UM, tribal communities and tribal colleges.
Cobell was a Native American activist from the Blackfeet tribe who led one of the largest class-action lawsuits against the federal government. The lawsuit contended that the U.S. Interior Department illegally obtained billions of dollars in royalties owed to individual tribal members across the country.
The dedication ceremony included members of Cobell’s family, friends and UM officials.