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After awarding more than $350 million since it was formed 53 years ago, the American Indian Graduate Fund is restructuring in a move to help even more students access higher education. 

The changes include a new name for the organization, which will now be known as the Native Forward Scholars Fund. 

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VALENCIA, Calif. — In his role at the California Institute of the Arts, Chad Hamill has embarked on a process of “Indigenization” that aims to elevate Indigenous programming, faculty and students at the renowned professional arts institution.

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NORMAN, Okla. — As the University of Oklahoma sought better relationships with tribal nations, administrators realized the school needed to have a high level position dedicated to being a liaison to Indigenous communities.

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Three students at Arizona State University are breathing new life into the school’s dormant Native American Business Organization.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Traditional management courses often teach aspiring leaders how to keep their employees in line and pursue financial results. While those qualities may fit with the expectations of Corporate America, they fail to address Indigenous perspectives on leadership, which can lead to friction when traditionally trained executives take administrative positions at Native American museums, art programs and cultural centers. 

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Sinte Gleska University, a tribal college in Mission, S.D., may soon enter into a partnership with NASA that would result in new science-education programs, more affordable housing for state reservations and the development of 3D housing that could someday be used on the moon or Mars.

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Like his predecessors before him, President Joe Biden issued an executive order outlining how the federal government can support the economic future for Native Americans by strengthening educational opportunities, particularly at Tribal Colleges and Universities. 

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In addition to helping develop and market a line of high-end cosmetics, beauty industry executive Amber Garrison has a passion for assisting Native American students in building a strong foundation through education.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $10 million grant to a higher education program aimed at broadening Indigenous career pathways in food, energy and water systems.

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SHIPROCK, N.M. — Diné College plans to break ground June 28 on a new $7.4 million math and science building on its Shiprock, New Mexico campus.