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When Berkeley Law Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Kristin Theis-Alvarez heard about the University of California system’s plan to cover tuition and student service fees(opens in a new tab) for in-state students enrolled in federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes, she was elated: Creating a pathway to law school for Native American students has been a passion-driven project of hers(opens in a new tab) for years. 

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Nolan Altvater grew up in two worlds in northern Maine. A citizen of the Passamaquoddy Nation, one of the four tribes in Maine that form the Wabanaki Confederation, Altvater’s early years were spent on the Passamaquoddy reservation in Sipayik, Maine. Altvater left the reservation with their mother after their parents divorced but visited it every other week to see their father, and every summer to rake blueberries and do other seasonal work.

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Beginning this fall, American Indian and Alaska Native students who are tribal citizens of a federally recognized tribe will not have to pay for tuition or fees to attend the University of California.

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Washington, D.C.—On Wednesday, President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona hosted the Council of Chief State School Officers’ 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year ceremony to honor some of the country’s top educators at the White House. 

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Two members of Congress introduced a bill Apr. 18 that would make payments made to tribal citizens under the Indian Health Professions Scholarship Program tax-exempt.

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The American Indian College Fund is kicking off its Facebook 200-Mile Cycle Challenge on May 1. The fundraiser benefits the College Fund’s mission to give Native students better access to higher education.

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Significantly fewer Native students have headed to higher education in the past 12 years. 

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The new student center opening in fall 2022 on the campus of Western Michigan University features spaces intentionally designed to foster a welcoming, inclusive and student-centered space, guided by the work of an Institutional Diversity and Multiculturalism (IDM) committee.

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Grand Valley State University's Office of Multicultural Affairs closed out the month of March with Indigi-Fest, a 2022 expo experience that celebrated Anishinabeck heritage with local speakers and perforrmers. 

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The American Indian College Fund is bringing back its Epicurean Award to Support Scholars (EATSS) fundraising event to New York City on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The evening will feature four renowned Indigenous chefs who will prepare some of their favorite recipes.