College Fund Presents Achievement AwardsFeb 15th, 2003 | By tcj | Category: 14-3: Your Heroes Are Not Our Heroes, Tribal College News
The American Indian College Fund held its seventh annual Flame of Hope Gala in New York City last November, which raised several hundred thousand dollars toward scholarships for American Indian college students. During the event, the College Fund presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and to the Allstate Insurance Company for their commitments to furthering Indian higher education. Barbara Bratone also was honored for her work as the first executive director of the American Indian College Fund.
Emceed by Miss South Dakota Vanessa Shortbull, who is an Oglala Lakota tribal member, the event also featured Ulali, the world-renowned Native a cappella group. Ulali donated its performance on behalf of the College Fund. The trio has performed throughout the Americas and Europe and has been featured on albums by the Indigo Girls and Robbie Robertson.
This year’s silent auction included a variety of unique pieces of Native American art and jewelry, featuring renowned Indian artists Dale Chilhully, Dan Namingha, and Virginia Stroud.
Established in 1989 by the AIHEC board of directors, the American Indian College Fund has spent more than a decade helping to increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo “educating the mind and spirit,” the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships and support to 32 AIHEC member colleges across the country. This aid supports more than 5,000 students in achieving their college education. The College Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training. For more information, see <www.collegefund.org>.