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.
Clare Booth Luce Scholarship awarded to four NTU female scholars in the STEM fields October 9, 2014
Four Navajo Technical University students were announced recipients of the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, a $75,000 scholarship that allocates $18,750 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.
Minnesota Tribal College Awarded Grant to Expand STEM Programs October 9, 2014
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Environmental Institute in Cloquet, Minnesota has been awarded $1.15 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to expand its STEM—science, technology, engineering, math—programs, reports Northland News Center.
Shoni Schimmel Visits Flathead Reservation; ‘Be Proud to be Native!’ October 8, 2014
They all stood up as Shoni Schimmel walked onto the basketball floor filled with more than 250 Native American children standing in awe. There was no loud applause, no shouting or clapping, just a surge of energy as she circled through the kids, hands extended, giving them a reason to believe as she made her way to the microphone at mid-court Sunday at Joe McDonald Health Center at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.
Solving the Housing Crisis on Native American Lands October 8, 2014
Oglala Lakota College construction technology students collaborate with University of Colorado professor and environmental design students on building projects, helping to solve housing crisis on the reservation.