The AIGC and Cobell Scholarships applications are now open!

Every year AIGC awards more than 20 Fellowships and Scholarships that fund undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. It is never too early to get a jump start on education. Here are a few basic eligibility requirements, but you can read about all the requirements and scholarships and fellowships available on the AIGC website.

Basic eligibility information
Students must be seeking a full-time degree at a nationally or regionally accredited higher education institution in the United States.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a TRIBAL ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE. Each opportunity has specific affiliation requirements, please review the specific criteria that you are applying for to ensure eligibility. The TEC is due on the day the application is due. Individuals applying for multiple opportunities should submit just one TEC to AIGC.

ALL applicants must submit a Financial Needs form:  FINANCIAL NEEDS FORM (FNF) (due by July 15 each year) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information and how to apply for this program please visit the AIGC website.

Native Youth Highlighted at the 2018 National Tribal Health Conference 

The 35th Annual National Indian Health Board (NIHB) National Tribal Health Conference took place September 17th-20th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to being the largest gathering focused solely on American Indian and Alaska Native health policy, this year’s conference featured presentations by elected and government leaders, a gala dedicated to heroes in Indian health, and several session that spotlighted the achievements of youth.  

NIHB Health Policy Fellow, Betsy Waller, meeting with her Chickasaw Nation Tribal Council leaders. From left to right: Toby Perkins, Nancy Elliott, Linda Briggs, Betsy Waller, Connie Barker, Shana Tate Hammond, and Lisa Billy

Native Youth Making a Difference   

As a part of NIHB’s commitment to growing the next generation of Indian health policy advocates, a new conference track called “Native Youth: Making a Difference” was offered. Rather than focusing on negative messages about young people, this distinctive track celebrated youth presenters and their allies who are stepping up to take on important health challenges.

NIHB Health Policy Fellows Take Center Stage  

Attendees celebrated the work of accomplished youth presenters- Maka Monture (Tlingit, Kanien’kehá:ka) and Tamee Livermont (Oglala Sioux Tribe)- both NIHB Health Policy Fellowship alumni. Ms. Monture and Ms. Livermont led a 90-minute workshop, alongside current NIHB Health Policy Fellow, Betsy Waller (Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation), about their Fellowship project journeys working with Tribal leadership to identify a pressing health issue, analyze this issue, and create recommendations for change. Now both Ms. Monture and Ms. Livermont are taking steps to advocate for their policy recommendations, while Ms. Waller is beginning to reach out to her Tribal leadership to define the scope of her Fellowship project.

Tamee Livermont (Oglala Sioux Tribe, NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Alumni), Colbie Meeks (Cheyenne and Arapaho) and Maka Monture (Tlingit, Kanien’kehá:ka, NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Alumni) at the 2018 National Tribal Health Conference

Ihanktonwan Dakota/Dine Youth Wins Leadership Award

At the Heroes in Indian Health award ceremony, Cante Waste Win Zephier won the Youth Leadership Award for her outstanding efforts to positively impact the health and wellbeing of others in her community. Ms. Win Zephier not only acted as a mentor in her community healing camp, she also sold over 750 T-shirts and raised over $10,000 for the camp. She has also worked with leaders to change American Indian mascots in schools and has used her voice to make sure that others who have experienced trauma don’t feel alone.

Cante Waste Win Zephier, Recipient of the NIHB Youth Leadership Award

Encouraging Youth Participation

The National Indian Health Board is committed to creating space at our conferences for youth voices. Please encourage youth in your community to submit presentation proposals to next year’s National Tribal Health Conference.

Participation at NTHC provides youth the ability to:

  • Learn about policies that impact the health of Indian people
  • Observe the Tribal Consultation process in action
  • Learn how to be effective advocates
  • Connect with others interested in pursuing careers in governance, health policy, and healthcare, and
  • Network with Tribal, state, and federal leaders

Connect with Us

To learn more about how NIHB supports Native youth through the Health Policy Fellowship program and other initiatives, please contact, NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at wgardner@nihb.org or 202-548-7297.

Also follow us on social media, where we will highlight youth achievements, provide tools and resources for engaging in health policy, and announce the launch of our new NIHB Youth page, as well as new mini-grant opportunities for Native youth!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NIHBYouthRising

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NIHBYouthRising

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nihbhealthpolicyfellowship

NEW Community Changemaker Grants for Native Youth-led Health Projects

Native youth are engaged, resilient, and strong.

Some are taking on leadership roles and participating in their youth councils. Others are forming their own youth groups or independent organizations to address issues they see. For those young people who are stepping up to plan and lead health and wellness events, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) would like to help.

To support youth in their efforts, NIHB is offering Community Changemaker Grants.

Community Changemaker Grants

Community Changemaker Grants are small amounts of money ($250) that can help supercharge a youth-led health event.

They are open to American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 years old. The application is easy, but if you need help feel free to contact, Dr. Wendee Gardner, NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager.

How to Use Community Changemaker Funding

Some will use Community Changemaker funding to buy T-shirts for a suicide prevention walk they organize. Others will use this funding to offer snacks and drinks at a round dance where participants learn about healthy foods. Some might even use the grant to cover the cost of a band at an event they organize on healthy relationships.

Application

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Download your application HERE.

Then either mail, email, or fax your application materials to:

Mailing Address: 
National Indian Health Board
Attn: Youth Department
910 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

Email: wgardner@nihb.org

Fax Number: 1-202-507-4071

Who do I contact with questions?
Connect with NIHB’s Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner, at wgardner@nihb.org or 202-548-7297.

For Printed Information about the Community Changemaker Grant 
Click here for a one page handout about the Community Changemaker Grant.

Click here for a grant application.

New Resources from First Kids 1st: The Tribal Leadership Series

A major part of the work of the First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative is working to strengthen equitable and local supports for vulnerable Native children in their communities. This starts with our tribal leaders. We are excited to share a new collection of resources within a Tribal Leadership Series: Youth Engagement, ICWA Advocacy, and Funding Child Welfare Services.

Learn more about the guides for Youth Engagement, ICWA, Advocacy, and Funding Child Welfare Services below.

Youth Engagement

Tribal leaders are looked to by community members to set the tone and expectations on how community issues and tribal programs should be managed. Help develop a community of strong, healthy people and leaders for our future by learning the importance of youth engagement and how you can implement varying levels in different policies and initiatives. Included is a list of tools for youth engagement like youth forums, youth-led research, and community asset mapping.

ICWA Advocacy

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) provides American Indian and Alaska Native children and families with some of the most valuable federal protections available to any group of children. Learn more about ICWA and how to improve ICWA advocacy for your tribal member children and families. In addition, this guide discusses the role of tribal leaders in national advocacy efforts with provided resources.

Funding Child Welfare Services

Child welfare funding has changed significantly over the last several decades. Discover how to think about funding tribal child welfare program services in a way that matches community values while leveraging available funding from tribal, federal, and state sources. The guide discusses how to make good decisions regarding the use of funding sources based upon the match between community values, desired outcomes, and program capacity.

View and download all Tribal Leader Series Toolkits here.