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The College Fund support TCUs in their efforts to strengthen education, Native communities, the environment, health and wellness, language and culture, emergent leadership, and infrastructure. It provides awards to TCUs within these key areas, focusing on people from cradle to career. It also supports the success of the funded TCU programs through ongoing professional development, technical support, and research and networking opportunities.

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TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

We support the creation and development of early childhood education from within Native communities.

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Indigenous Visionaries

Indigenous Visionaries

Helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts.

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Native Culture and Language Preservation

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts.

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infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure involves design, implementation, and sustainability of systems and structures.

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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students.

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Student and Institutional Success

Student and Institutional Success

Investing in individual students and TCUs to provide an intellectual and academic home for students in Native communities.

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TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Student and Institutional Success

Student and Institutional Success

Infrastructure

infrastructure

Indigenous Visionaries

Indigenous Visionaries

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Our Programs – What We Do

Learn more about The College Fund’s Programs.

TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

We support the creation and development of early childhood education from within Native communities.

Learn More >

Indigenous Visionaries

Indigenous Visionaries

Helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts.

Learn More >

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts.

Learn More >

infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure involves design, implementation, and sustainability of systems and structures.

Learn More >

Student and Institutional Success

Student and Institutional Success

Investing in individual students and TCUs to provide an intellectual and academic home for students in Native communities.

Learn More >

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students.

Learn More >

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Our Programs Support Students, Faculty, and TCUs

TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

We support the creation and development of early childhood education from within Native communities.

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts.

Environmental Sustainability

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students.

Indigenous Visionaries

Helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts.

Infrastructure

 

Infrastructure involves design, implementation, and sustainability of systems and structures.

Student and Institutional Success

Investing in individual students and TCUs to provide an intellectual and academic home for students in Native communities.

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Our Programs

Early Childhood Education

Supporting the creation and development of early childhood education from within Native communities — strengthening Native families’ roles as advocates and partners in their children’s education, and creating collaborations between early learning centers and community partners.

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts. With many communities facing the risk of loss of language, culture, and traditional arts, we provide grants and support for communities to restore, sustain, and pass on traditional knowledge.

Environmental Sustainability

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students. It provides support for TCUs that are working with Native communities to develop and implement research initiatives and innovative collaborations.

Indigenous Visionaries

Helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts by supporting Native women students at TCUs with faculty for strong mentoring relationships. 

Infrastructure

Infrastructure involves design, implementation, and sustainability of systems and structures.

Student and Institutional Success

We invest in individual students to support their pursuit of a college degree, and we invest in TCUs as the institutions that can provide an intellectual and academic home for students in Native communities.

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TCU Early Childhood Education Initiatives

Connecting TCUs and our earliest learners, we support the creation and development of early childhood education from within Native communities — strengthening Native families’ roles as advocates and partners in their children’s education, and creating collaborations between early learning centers and community partners. The result is reduced inequity, stronger early childhood education, and greater opportunities for family engagement in community advocacy and policy.

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts. With many communities facing the risk of loss of language, culture, and traditional arts, we provide grants and support for communities to restore, sustain, and pass on traditional knowledge.

Environmental Sustainability

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students. It provides support for TCUs that are working with Native communities to develop and implement research initiatives and innovative collaborations. The goal is to help students learn to preserve natural resources, address environmental and climate issues, and strategically steward their resources to align with cultural and tribal connections to land, water, animals, and air.

Indigenous Visionaries

By connecting Native women students at TCUs with faculty within their academic disciplines, and providing support for strong mentoring relationships, the College Fund is helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts.

Infrastructure

By connecting Native women students at TCUs with faculty within their academic disciplines, and providing support for strong mentoring relationships, the College Fund is helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts.

Student and Institutional Success

We invest in individual students to support their pursuit of a college degree, and we invest in TCUs as the institutions that can provide an intellectual and academic home for students in Native communities. Providing technical assistance to TCUs, and academic and professional opportunities for students, as well as funding for both students and institutions, we work toward both student and institutional success.

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Introducing the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College GED/HSED Program

Introducing the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College GED/HSED Program

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is one of the tribal colleges participating in the College Fund’s ongoing Native Students Stepping Forward: High School Equivalency Completion Program. Recently added to the College Fund’s program, LCOOC’s General Educational Degree/High School Equivalency Degree (GED/HSED) Program has experienced a lot of transitions and transformations to get where it is today.

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A Time for Change and Innovation – Native Arts and Distance Learning  

A Time for Change and Innovation – Native Arts and Distance Learning  

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) transitioned from holding in-person classes and community events to closing their campuses, instead offering academic courses online or through distance learning. Community programming and events were canceled or postponed, greatly impacting TCUs, students, and the communities they serve.  

To help TCUs during the transition, seven TCUs were awarded Distance Learning Grants. Each had a different approach on how they would continue to provide Native Arts programming while keeping their students and community members safe. Each explored how they were going to bring people together while keeping them safely apart.  

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