The miniature student-made cars raced at a recent science camp might lose wheels or engine power, but they were nudged across a makeshift finish line with a little help from the students and their friends. In some ways, a similar process applied to the students themselves. Despite fears and concerns, they learned they could overcome obstacles with a little help from their friends and mentors—in this case, at the 2013 Native American STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Institute, funded by the National Academy of Engineering. The solar-powered race cars were only one project for the 30-plus middle school students from various tribes who cameRead More →

Following the July 30 story about Sam Simon, co-creator (with Matt Groening) ofThe Simpsonswho has terminal cancer, looking to donate all of his money to charity Indian Country Today Media Network decided to take a closer look at some philanthropic work within Indian country. RELATED:Where Will ‘Simpsons’ Creator Sam Simon’s Money Go? The first decade of this century saw a marked falloff in philanthropy to American Indians. And the story of this decade may be two steps forward, one step back. A study of philanthropy to Natives in the years between 2000 and 2009 by The Foundation Center and Native Americans in Philanthropy saw aRead More →

At its annual Public School Appreciation Day on April 12, the Cherokee Nation awarded checks totaling $3.2 million to 92 school districts in northeastern Oklahoma. The badly needed funding will benefit nearly 24,000 students within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction area. Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of its tax revenues from tribal car tags to area schools. The unrestricted grants, totaling almost $30 million since 2002, are awarded on a per-student basis and come with “no strings attached,” according to Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “I believe the superintendents know best what the needs of their districts are,” said Baker. “We areRead More →

The Native student population at the University of Montana has more than doubled in the last decade, a trend that has prompted university officials to seek a more diverse faculty. When David Beck, chairman of the Native American Studies program, arrived at the Missoula campus in the year 2000, about 300 Native students were enrolled, he said. That population has increased to about 800, withNative studentsenrolled in 88 different programs. The increase more closely aligns the university with the demographics of Montana, home to 12 recognized tribes and seven reservations, and where about 10 percent of the total population reports American Indian heritage. “As theRead More →

Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has singled out several Indian country initiatives in honoring 25 government-related programs. The center has recognized the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) of Anchorage, the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Fairbanks, Alaska and a Department of Housing and Urban Development program that is helping the Oglala Lakota tribe of South Dakota. The Ash Center on May 1 named a total of 25 government programs as semi-finalists for awards which will be given later this year. Four finalists and the Innovation in American Government Award winner will be named in the fall. Kate Hoagland, communicationsRead More →

Up to $120,000 in loan repayment for medical students. Join our call to learn more. REMINDER: Call is Next Week! Students to Service Loan Repayment Program FY 2014 Pre-Application Cycle Overview Teleconference Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, ET The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school, in return for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas of greatest need. To help reach this specific applicant pool, we are inviting NHSC Ambassadors andRead More →

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 Deadlines: November 1 Up to $4,000 per year is available to any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Whether you’re just starting out with Fuel Up to Play 60 or looking to expand and extend an initiative that’s already in motion, Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 can help. Spirit of Innovation ChallengeDeadline: October 24 The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for teams of students to create commercially viable products or servicesRead More →

Great work coming out of Wayne State University of our region 6:  Underrepresented minorities comprise approximately 30 percent of the United States population, but only 10 percent are college educated in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Native Americans and Aboriginal Canadians are the least represented minority group in higher education and are poorly represented in STEM fields at all levels. A Wayne State University study recently funded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science aims to change these statistics. According to Maria Pontes Ferreira, assistant professor of Nutrition and Food Science in WSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences andRead More →

A very interesting and a bit sad news article, we have a lot of work to keep us busy in the coming years. American Indians, along with African Americans and Hispanics, lag behind non-Hispanic Whites and Asians in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly referred to as STEM, education and jobs. Full Article: Native News Network:  Read More →