College Fund Gala Honors TCJ Former Editor Ambler

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Tribal College News


AICF AWARD CELEBRANTS. Long-time TCJ staffers (from left) Rachael Marchbanks, Marjane Ambler, and Marvene Tom have much to smile about.

Marjane Ambler, former editor of Tribal College Journal (TCJ), was honored with the Flame of Hope Award from the American Indian College Fund at its annual gala fundraising dinner in New York City in November 2006.

Ambler served as editor of TCJ for 11 years before resigning earlier this year to return to freelance writing and editing.

“Marjane’s determination and dedication are undeniable and have brought the magazine to a level of sophistication and quality unsurpassed,” said Dr. Gerald Gipp, executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). “[She] contributed to the important goals of Indian self-determination and self-reliance for Indian people by preparing three young women to carry on the work of the Journal,” he said.

Upon receiving her award, Ambler expressed appreciation to Jerry Gipp and “to the American Indian College Fund for the very special blanket honoring our friend, the late Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College president, Jack Briggs.”

Ambler added, “TCJ is very high profile, especially the editor position, but there are many dedicated faculty and staff at the tribal colleges and colleagues at the College Fund and AIHEC who work very hard. I wish it were possible to honor those people.”

Ambler referred to current and past presidents and board members and colleagues who have moved on to other positions, specifically John Gritts from the College Fund, Deborah His Horse is Thunder from AIHEC, and Anne Edinger from AIHEC. She concluded, “I accept on behalf of all of them and hope that someday they can each feel as honored as I feel tonight.”

Succeeding Ambler at TCJ are Tina Deschenie (Navajo/Hopi) as editor and Publisher Rachael Marchbanks. Other staff members include Office Manager Marvene Tom (Navajo) and Advertising Coordinator Laura Hawes.

The American Indian College Fund began operations in 1989 with the goal of raising funds for the urgent scholarship needs of students at the nation’s tribal colleges and universities. Run by and for Native Americans, the colleges serve nearly 30,000 full- and part-time students each year.

Formed in 1973, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium is the national organization of tribal colleges.

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