College Fund Offers Native Journeys, 2005

May 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-4: International Indigenous Education, Tribal College News

Participants in the American Indian College Fund’s 2005 Native Journeys tours will be transported to the ancient tribal forests of the Great Lakes region; visit a Native fishing village on the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States; and learn of the spiritual significance of the architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery of Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona. The visits to the three regions will take place this summer.

Utilizing the expertise of Native American tour guides, the Native Journeys tours distinguish themselves from other summer tours by transporting participants into intimate communities throughout Indian Country while providing an educational overview of the unique history of the tribal college movement. Activities vary, with tours of tribal college campuses interspersed between visits to museums, cultural centers, and sometimes even tribal ceremonies.

“People on our tours can experience Indian Country and have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with students and tribal leaders throughout Indian Country. They get to see that tribal colleges truly are under-funded miracles,” says College Fund President Richard B. Williams,

A former tour participant, Grace Buzaljko, said, “I decided to be adventurous and signed up for a 9-day trip to visit four tribal colleges on reservations…. The tour was really an eye-opener, the highlight of the year for me.” Participants also know that their support of the College Fund helps generate scholarship funding for some of the students they encounter along the way.

The 2005 Native Journeys will tour the Southwest June 5-12, the Great Lakes July 10-16, and the Pacific Northwest Aug. 28-Sept. 3.

For more information, contact John Gritts at (303) 426-8900 or visit the website, www.collegefund.org.

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