Fund supports native students

By From page A6 | August 07, 2014

Thanks for publishing the story by Krysta Fauria of The Associated Press about new efforts by colleges and universities to “woo native (American) students” (July 24). American Indian youths need lots of encouragement and support, whether they’re on or off reservation. (Some whose parents left a reservation with great hope find themselves in “unhelpful” inner-city environments.)

It surprises me, however, that Fauria does not even mention the American Indian College Fund, a longtime and reliable veteran in the work her story promotes. Based in Denver, this AICF counts more than 20 higher education institutions in its national “parish,” providing financial and other kids of support to Indian students.

Most, if not all, of its members institutions have regional accreditation. One of these is Dine College at Window Rock, Ariz., and I can personally report that it is a very busy college. The American Indian College Fund has earned our attention for its work.

Dale Heckman


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