IAIA Student Hosts Scholarship ConcertMay 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge, Tribal College News
A second year Institute of American Indian Arts student has been quietly and anonymously raising funds for the institute in Santa Fe, N.M. She initially obtained $5,000 from Ford Motor Credit Corp. for student scholarships and then organized a benefit concert last spring. The concert featured John Trudell, a Santee Sioux poet and musician; Geraldine Barney, a Navajo musician; De Armond Williams, a Caddo/Delaware and Navajo flute player; and Tribal Dada, a rock/reggae performance band. Barney and Tribal Dada band members are alumni of IAIA.
IAIA is unique amongst the tribal colleges. It was operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs until 1988 when Congress made it a Congressionally chartered institution under a board of trustees. It was been suffering from budget problems since Congress cut its funds nearly in half in 1995. The anonymous student benefactor said, “I have always believed in the institute, and facilitating this concert is my way of ensuring its survival. Ninety percent of IAIA’s students are from reservations, and many are unable to afford IAIA’s tuition. My goal is to see the scholarship fund grow so that all students will have the same opportunities that IAIA has given me.”