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  • College Fund Launches Stand With Us Campaign to Increase Natives in College
    College Fund Launches Stand With Us Campaign to Increase Natives in College
    March 7, 2016
    College Fund launches Stand With Native Students campaign to increase number of American Indian college students.
  • Grotto Foundation Grants $25,000 to Revitalize Lakota Language in Early Childhood
    Grotto Foundation Grants $25,000 to Revitalize Lakota Language in Early Childhood
    February 17, 2016
    By the next century, nearly half of the roughly 6,000 languages spoken on Earth will disappear, according to estimates by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Of those languages, in North America 54 Native American languages are already extinct and another 137 are in various degree of being endangered. Yet the positive benefits of speaking one’s native language include better academic performance, self-identity, mental and physical health, and more.
  • Ad Campaign Aims to Grow Enrollment of American Indian College Students Beyond 1 Percent
    Ad Campaign Aims to Grow Enrollment of American Indian College Students Beyond 1 Percent
    February 2, 2016
    At the center of the American Indian College Fund’s new campaign is a staggering statistic—less than 1 percent of college students are American Indian. The College Fund joined forces with longtime partner, Portland-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, to create a public service announcement to increase enrollment.
  • Gala Featuring Broadway Star Michael Cavanaugh to Increase Native College Graduates
    Gala Featuring Broadway Star Michael Cavanaugh to Increase Native College Graduates
    January 20, 2016
    Less than 13% of American Indian students have earned a college degree—half of the national average. You can help change that. The American Indian College Fund Gala will be held March 1, 2016 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers to support American Indian education.
  • Tribal Colleges Are Role Models for Diversity
    Tribal Colleges Are Role Models for Diversity
    December 16, 2015
    The nation's universities look to tribal colleges and other minority-serving institutions for guidance on diversity and providing an inclusive environment for student success. The American Indian College Fund's Tarajean Yazzie Mintz, Senior Program Officer, offers insight into ways schools can pave the way for a harmonious transition to college life and academic success.
  • BBB Names College Fund a Top Charity
    BBB Names College Fund a Top Charity
    December 2, 2015
    At the American Indian College Fund we know there are many charities and causes that are deserving of your support. As part of a campaign to encourage donors to give wisely, the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) evaluates national charities against comprehensive standards. The BBB WGA also runs an advertisement in USA Today listing approximately 1,300 nationally soliciting charities it features as part of its Wise Giving Alliance, in which the College Fund is included.
  • College Fund Transforms Early Childhood Education with W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
    College Fund Transforms Early Childhood Education with W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
    December 1, 2015
    With the help of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation five years ago, the American Indian College Fund launched its Sacred Little Ones early childhood education program at four tribal colleges. The program aimed to improve Native children’s school readiness and create a platform for their academic success by third grade.
  • College Fund Presents Findings: Community Early Childhood Learning Benefits Native Students
    College Fund Presents Findings: Community Early Childhood Learning Benefits Native Students
    November 17, 2015
    Involving families and community members in the development of culturally relevant education programs for their early-childhood aged children improves their skills and academic readiness, according to a five-year program conducted by the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund). The findings have relevance for children in underserved communities nationwide.
  • College Fund to Present Social, Cultural Impact of Tribal Colleges At Anthropological Meeting
    College Fund to Present Social, Cultural Impact of Tribal Colleges At Anthropological Meeting
    November 17, 2015
    Denver-based American Indian College Fund will present a session on the community and socio-cultural return on investment that tribal colleges and universities bring to their communities at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting November 18 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
  • Chicago, Minneapolis Events to Help Increase Number of American Indian College Students
    Chicago, Minneapolis Events to Help Increase Number of American Indian College Students
    November 16, 2015
    One percent of American Indian students are in college today, and only 13% today have a college degree—half of the national average—making them the most underserved group in America. The American Indian College Fund is hosting events in Chicago and Minneapolis to show how you can help Native scholars can overcome the odds to get a college degree.