Commemorative Blanket Honors Education Leader

Aug 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-1: Sovereignty in Indian Country, Tribal College News

TRIBUTE TO JACK. The American Indian College Fund created this blanket to celebrate the legacy of the late Lester "Jack" Briggs.

In December 2001, the American Indian College Fund and Indian education lost a leader and friend with the passing of Lester “Jack” Briggs, president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College(Cloquet, MN) and former chairman of the fund’s board of trustees.

After experiencing racism as a child, Briggs’ goal as a man was to build bridges between Indians and non-Indians. As a student, he earned multiple degrees, and as a teacher he helped create the only college in the nation organized as both a state community college and a tribal college.

To celebrate Brigg’s life and his legacy, the fund has created the “Tribute to Jack Briggs” blanket. Using Ojibwa beadwork designs, the blanket reflects Briggs’ Ojibwa roots, which he credited for his respect for knowledge and commitment to serving others.

The fund has produced collectible blankets made by Pendleton Woolen Mills of Portland, OR, for nearly a decade. The “Tribute to Jack Briggs” blankets are available for $245 each, $85 of which is tax deductible.

The American Indian College Fund distributes scholarships and support to 34 tribal colleges across the country.

For additional information, see the American Indian College Fund’s web site at, or call (800) 880-5887.

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