College Fund Honors Vets, Raises $300,000

Feb 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 17-3: Heroes of Today, Tribal College News

REMEMBERING LORI. Carla Piestewa talks with her mother’s best friend, Jessica Lynch, at the American Indian College Fund gala. Lori Piestewa is believed to be the first American Indian woman killed in action. Photo by Jemal Countess/

The American Indian College Fund raised over $300,000 at its 10th annual Flame of Hope Gala last November in New York City. Over 300 supporters attended the event, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Attendees were entertained by Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens, R. Carlos Nakai, and the Brooklyn-based Redhawk Dance Troupe.

The college fund paid tribute to the nation’s veterans and honored Jessica Lynch, the family of Lori Piestewa, and the Navajo Code Talkers. Other honorees included Gail Bruce, Anne Sward Hansen, and USA Funds.

Heartfelt speeches from past scholarship recipients reminded the attendees of the importance of the college fund. The Flame of Hope Gala, the American Indian College Fund’s showcase event, has been held in New York City every year since 1996.

Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund is the nation’s largest provider of private scholarships for Native American students. The fund distributes over $4 million in scholarships and program support to tribal colleges annually.

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