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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Indiana University South Bend (IU South Bend) have renewed and expanded a tuition grant award for eligible citizens of the tribe.

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DENVER — Lilly Endowment Inc. is backing the American Indian College Fund with a new $38 million grant to support tribal colleges and universities and improve access to education for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society have signed a partnership agreement that provides Native American students with access to science, technology, engineering and math job and educational opportunities at the agency.

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MISSOULA, Mont. — A University of Montana program aimed at elevating Native Americans in STEM education has secured a $250,000 gift from the Cognizant Foundation.

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas has appointed John Tahsuda and Jennifer Carleton as distinguished fellows to lead the law school’s Indian Nations Gaming and Governance Program.

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President Joe Biden’s cancellation of $10,000 in student loan debt for standard borrowers and $20,000 in debt for Pell Grant recipients could have a profound effect on Indigenous graduates. 

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A four-group collaborative is highlighting affordability issues Native students face when attending higher education, a hurdle their new report suggests is serving as the primary obstacle for prospective Indigenous scholars.

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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.