Melvin Monette President of National Indian Education Association

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October 27, 2014

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AIGC Staffer Becomes President of National Indian Education Association

Melvin Monette will Lead Premiere Organization Advocating for Native students

Albuquerque, NM – October 27, 2014 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, congratulates its Director for Graduate Fellowships and Special Programs, Melvin Monette, who was elected President of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA).

Melvin Monette is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota. Melvin will perform dual roles in Native education – maintaining his Director for Graduate Fellowships and Special Programs position at AIGC and serving as President of NIEA.

“We congratulate Melvin on this tremendous opportunity to further the American Indian graduate education agenda through NIEA,” said AIGC Director Sam Deloria. “As a leader in both AIGC and NIEA, Melvin brings great perspective and influence to advancing educational opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students across the country.”

With his extensive involvement in American Indian education, Monette is well suited for the dual role. Monette previously served as Parliamentarian and President-Elect on the Board of Directors for NIEA and remains a member of the College Professionals International. He was a founding member of the National Coalition for the Advancement of Natives in Higher Education and also served as an Ambassador of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Monette became President of NIEA recently at NIEA Annual Convention in Alaska. He has been the Director for Graduate Fellowships and Special Programs with AIGC since 2010 and has contributed to the efforts of AIGC in giving out more than 16,600 scholarships – in its lifetime of 45 years – to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

About the American Indian Graduate Center

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students and has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships in the 45 years since its inception.

To build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.

3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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2014 All Native American High School Academic Team

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October 24, 2014

AIGC Names 2014 All Native American High School Academic Team

Ten American Indian and Alaska Native High School Seniors Honored for Academic Achievement, Leadership, and Community Service

Albuquerque, NM – October 24, 2014 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, today congratulated the 2014 honorees of the All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT). The recognition program, which was founded by AIGC, aims to raise awareness of excellent academic achievement among high school seniors in Indian Country.

“Each year, the ANAHSAT spotlights truly exceptional students in Indian Country,” said AIGC Director, Sam Deloria. “I am inspired and invigorated by these bright young minds and am most excited to recognize this year’s ANAHSAT honorees for being leaders among their peers.”

The 2014 ANAHSAT honorees include:

  1. Shawn Allison (Navajo Nation) – A graduate of Desert Ridge High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Arizona State University.
  2. Amelia Ashley (Crow Creek Tribe) – A graduate of Gretna High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Dartmouth College.
  3. Shanice Britton (Round Valley Indian Tribe) – A graduate of Round Valley High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Davis.
  4. Broke Curleyhair (Navajo Nation) – A graduate of Monument Valley High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in justice studies at Arizona State University.
  5. Aaliyah Dick (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation) – A graduate of Nixyaawii Community School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Washington State University.
  6. Sarah Ferrell (Cherokee Nation) – A graduate of Tahlequah High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Northeastern State University.
  7. Colin Kerr (Chickasaw Nation) – A graduate of Frontier Academy; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international studies at Fort Lewis College.
  8. D’Aryn Lends His Horse (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) – A graduate of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Black Hills State University.
  9. Ashton Megli (Choctaw Nation) – A graduate of Mansfield Lake Ridge High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Yale University.
  10. Mark White Hat-Twiss (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) – A graduate of Proctor Academy; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems and computer sciences at Stanford University.

Established as an annual recognition program in 2005, ANAHSAT is comprised of ten American Indian and Alaska Native high school seniors nationwide who exhibit strong academic performance, honors, awards, leadership and community service. Honorees receive a monetary reward for their achievement.

AIGC, over its lifetime of 45 years, has given more than 16,600 scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who now hold high-ranking positions. The ANAHSAT program was started by AIGC to recognize and encourage high-performing students in high school preparing to make a transition to collegiate life.

 

American Indian Graduate Center Honors Champions of Higher Education

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May 7, 2014
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American Indian Graduate Center Honors Champions of Higher Education

Albuquerque, NM – May 2, 2014 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, recognized leaders in Native American education advancement at its annual reception in Albuquerque, NM. Native American advocates, alumni of AIGC, and supporters of the organization were honored at the annual event.
Honorees included:
• REDW and Bruce Bleakman – REDW, a business and financial advisement firm, and Bleakman, who is an expert in accounting and financial reporting for tribal governments, together were honored as generous supporters of various initiatives in Indian Country.
• Dr. Grayson Noley (Choctaw Nation) – Noley is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a master’s and doctorate degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has authored more than two-dozen journal articles and book chapters and served for 13 years as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Oklahoma.
• Wayne Watkins – Watkins is an alumnus of AIGC who supports the “Power of Scholarship” through continuous donations to the organization.
• Dr. Darlene Sorrell (Navajo Nation) – Sorell is also an AIGC alumna and serves as the Director of the Albuquerque Indian Health Service Dental Clinic at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.
• Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) – Stallings is a Senior Vice President and Director of Wells Fargo’s Native American Banking Services Group. He is a key player in scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.
“There is a tremendous community of distinguished professionals, educators, and advocates of American Indian higher education,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC. “We honor these individuals for their commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and for their leadership in strengthening the power of scholarship.”
AIGC, over its lifetime of 45 years, has given more than 15,400 scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who now hold high-ranking positions.
About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students and has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships in the 44 years since its inception.
To build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org
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American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board President, Members

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American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board President, Members

Grayson Noley of the Choctaw Nation will lead AIGC

Albuquerque, NM – November 4, 2013 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, announced newly elected officers and new board members. Grayson Noley (Choctaw Nation), will serve as Board President; Melanie Patten Fritzsche (Laguna Pueblo), as Vice President and Rose Graham (Navajo), as Secretary and Treasurer.  Walter Lamar (Blackfeet) and Joel Frank (Seminole Tribe of Florida) are new board members.  Other board members include Michael Bird (Kewa and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos) and Danna R. Jackson, Esq. (Confederated Tribes of Salish and Kootenai).

Noley is Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a master’s and doctorate degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has authored more than two-dozen refereed journal articles and book chapters and served for 13 years as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Oklahoma.

Fritzsche is a staff attorney with the American Indian Law Center. Formerly, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Division and an Attorney-Advisor for the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history and government from Adams State College and a J.D. with a Certificate in Indian Law and Natural Resources from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Graham is the Director of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance in Window Rock, AZ, which serves more than 10,000 Navajo students pursuing post-secondary education. Prior to this, Graham worked with the Navajo Nation Council for nine years as Legislative Services Director, Legislative Advisory and Interpreter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Fort Lewis College.

Lamar currently serves as president and CEO of Lamar Associates, a Native American-owned consulting and professional services company specializing in law enforcement, security, and emergency preparedness. Prior to starting his own business, Lamar had a 25-year career as a Special Agent of the FBI, a Deputy Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Law Enforcement, and a Senior Advisor to the Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security. His wife, Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar (San Felipe Pueblo) is an AIGC alumna.

Frank is the Director of Grants and Government Relations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He is a founding member and former President of the National Indian Gaming Association and volunteers his time as an economic development adviser for the National Center for Tribal Economic Development. He also serves on the board of the AMERIND Risk Management Corporation.

“The American Indian Graduate Center is proud to have a distinguished, diverse and dynamic group of board leaders to guide our organization,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC. “As a national organization, we represent American Indians and Alaska Natives with a range of interests and study areas. Grayson, Rose, Melanie, Walter and Joel offer a tremendous value to AIGC through their decades of collective experience.”

AIGC, over its lifetime of 44 years, has given more than 16,600 scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who now hold high-ranking positions.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students and has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships in the 44 years since its inception.

To build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

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Gates Millennium Scholars Program Awards Scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native Students Across Indian Country

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July 25, 2013

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Gates Millennium Scholars Program Awards Scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native Students Across Indian Country

Albuquerque, NM –Each year the Gates Millennium Scholars program selects 1,000 new, talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the  U. S. college or university of their choosing.  This year 150 American Indian and Alaska Native students, representing communities from coast to coast have been confirmed as Gates Millennium Scholars.

These elite students, all rising college freshmen, will join approximately 850 other American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduates, graduate and doctoral degree candidates who will receive scholarship support from the Gates Millennium Scholars program (GMS) in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) administers the GMS Program, which is funded by the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation, and partners with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS) to recruit, select and support American Indian and Alaska Native Gates Millennium Scholars.  Other GMS partners are the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in Los Angeles and the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in Washington DC

“Every year, we are witness to an ambitious and impressive community of undergraduate and graduate students seeking involvement in the prestigious GMS scholarship,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC. “These students bring enthusiasm and energy to a rigorous application process and demonstrate the talent and acumen present in Indian Country.”

Established in 1999, the Gates Millennium Scholarship has become a highly competitive and successful program, and has funded more than 13,000 students of color to date in their pursuit of post-secondary degrees. The GMS program assists students not only by alleviating financial burdens, but also by offering academic support and mentoring services. The success of the program is proven by retention and graduation rates; the five-year retention rate for Gates Scholars is over 87 percent and the five-year graduation rate is nearly 80 percent.

For a complete list of 2013 Gates Scholars or for more information about the GMS Program, visit www.gmsp.org.  To learn more about AIGC Scholars, please visit our website www.aigcs.org.

About the American Indian Graduate Center
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students and has awarded more than $44 million in scholarships in the 44 years since its inception.

To build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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To view the names of the AIGCS/GMS 2013 American Indian and Alaska Native Student Scholarship awardees, click AIGCS GMS 2013 Scholarship Awardees.

American Indian Graduate Center Announces Power of Scholarship Honorees

Albuquerque, NM – April 28, 2013 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to building capacity for individuals and tribes through graduate education, announced six honorees who were recognized at the 5th Annual AIGC Reception, marking a special milestone in the organization’s strategic initiative – The Power of Scholarship – to address the growing need for scholarships among the American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional degree community.

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American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Congratulates 40 Under 40 Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) Awardees

Best and Brightest AIGC and American Indian Law Center (AILC) Pre Law Summer Institute Alumni are INRPO Winners

Albuquerque, NM – September 13, 2011 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, congratulates Indian Country’s brightest and most innovative business leaders who were recognized at the 36th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Event (INPRO).

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Gates Millennium Scholar Program Awards Scholarships to 150 American Indian and Alaska Native Students

Elite Students Representing 48 Native Tribes Receive Awards to Support Post-Secondary Education

Albuquerque, NM – May 21, 2010 – The 2010 class of Gates Millennium Scholars will include 150 American Indian and Alaska Native students. The recipients are top students with a cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher, on a 4.0 scale, and represent 48 distinct tribes from 23 different states.

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American Indian Graduate Center Launches New Website

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is proud to announce the launch of its new, updated website at www.aigcs.org.

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, AIGC is the largest national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaskan Native graduate students. Additionally, AIGC Scholars is the American Indian/Alaska Native partner to the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program.

AIGC works to improve cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education. When Native students pursue advanced degrees, tribes benefit by obtaining educated professionals who become leaders, and the nation as a whole benefits as well. Such people are necessary to build self-sufficient communities and truly exercise their right to self-determination. Since its founding in 1969, AIGC has supported more than 12,000 graduate students in all fields of study. As a non-profit organization, AIGC prides itself on directing minimal funds into administrative costs: over 90% of all contributions go directly to scholarships and student services.

American Indian Graduate Center Awards First Fellowship to Shinnecock Law Student

Less Than Two Months After Gaining Federal Recognition, Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribal Member Receives Scholarship From American Indian Graduate Center

Albuquerque, NM – November 30, 2010 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through undergraduate and graduate education, today announced that it has awarded its first fellowship scholarship to a Shinnecock Indian Nation member. Members of the Shinnecock Nation, which became the 565th Native American tribe recognized by the United States government earlier this year, were formerly ineligible for the fellowship program because the tribe lacked federal recognition.

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American Indian Graduate Center Introduces New Staff Members

Candidates with extensive career experience in post-secondary education accept staff positions with the American Indian Graduate Center.

Albuquerque, NM. – September 16, 2010 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a premier national organization committed to improving access to graduate and undergraduate education for American Indians and Alaska Natives through scholarships and other academic support, welcomes Melvin E. Monette (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), Director of Graduate Fellowship and Special Programs.

We are also pleased to announce that Steven H. Abbott has been hired by AIGC Scholars to serve as Coordinator of Outreach and Student Services.

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Wells Fargo spotlights diversity, honors Mahooty as 2010 Champion

[ALBUQUERQUE – May 18, 2010] –Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced that David Mahooty is one of Wells Fargo’s 2010 Diversity Champions. Based in Albuquerque, N.M., Mahooty has more than nine years of experience in the financial services industry and is currently an assistant vice president and a Commercial Banking relationship manager. He provides financial solutions to middle market and tribal clientele in New Mexico as well as El Paso, Texas.

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American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board Members and President of the Board

Prominent leaders of Indian Country join the oldest and largest national provider of scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students

Albuquerque, NM. – February 8, 2010 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education elected a new President and officers for 2010/11 and appointed two new board members. Mr. David Mahooty will serve as President of the Board and Governor Bill Anoatubby and Ms. Danna R. Jackson will assume positions as Board Members.

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AIGC teams with Coca Cola to Raise Scholarship Funds

AIGC selling NASCAR Coca Cola 600 Raffle Tickets

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) and Coca Cola have teamed to raise scholarship funds for American Indian and Alaska Native students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Only 2000 NASCAR Coca Cola 600 raffle tickets will be sold. Each raffle ticket is $25 and can be purchased on line at www.aigcs.org or by calling (505) 881-4584. The drawing will be Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2010.

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