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Each academic year, Accenture Corporation selects students who demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the American Indian community locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement and motivation to serve and succeed.

Eligibility requirements for Accenture include the following:
  • Be an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, verified through submission of the AIGC Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) form, found at;
  • Be seeking a degree and career in fields of study including: various engineering, computer science, operations management, management, finance, marketing and other business oriented fields;
  • Be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree seeking college undergraduate freshmen. High School transcript must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, on a 4.0 scale at the end of the seventh semester.
  • Demonstrate character, personal merit and commitment to the American Indian Community locally and/or nationally. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement and motivation to serve and succeed.
The deadline is April 27, 2013. To apply online, click here. You may also visit the AIGC website at To enter the Online Application System, click the APPLY NOW button found in various places on the AIGC website.

All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to



  2013 All Native American  High School Academic Team

The AIGC All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT) honors 10 American Indian and Alaska Native high school seniors each year. High school seniors with outstanding academic achievements, leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities and motivation to serve and succeed should apply.

To be considered for the AIGC ANAHSAT, an applicant must: 
  • Be an enrolled member of a United States federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group or be able to verify ¼ descent from such;
  • Have sustained an outstanding academic record based on the rigor available to them;
  • Have proven leadership and demonstrated community service activities;
  • Be enrolling at an accredited college or university as a full time degree seeking undergraduate student in the 2013 Fall term; and
  • Be a high school senior at time of application. 
The deadline is March 16, 2013. To apply online, click here.  You may also visit the AIGC website at To enter the Online Application System, click the APPLY NOW button found in various places on the AIGC website. 

All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to



California State Board )education)

Nicolasa “Niki” Sandoval, Ph.D., education director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, has been appointed to the California Board of Education.

Dr. Sandoval has led the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Education Department, a certified American Indian Education Center, since 2009.

“As a graduate of the public school system and a first-generation college graduate, I am committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all California students,” Dr. Sandoval said. “I look forward to applying my academic foundations and professional experiences to the work of the State Board of Education.”

The 11-member State Board of Education is the policy body responsible for approving curriculum frameworks, textbooks, statewide assessments and standards for student performance. Dr. Sandoval was appointed to a three-year term, filling a position vacated by James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

“Niki’s passion and dedication to education is evident in the excellent work she does as director of the tribe’s education department,” said Vincent Armenta, chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “She really cares about our children and making sure they are given the educational opportunities needed to ensure a brighter future.”

The appointment follows Armenta’s and fellow tribal leaders’ tireless efforts to seek Dr. Sandoval’s well-deserved recognition.

In addition to her work as director of the tribe’s education department, she is also a lecturer and has been a project evaluator at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Sandoval previously held various positions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and Museum of Natural History. She earned her doctor of education degree from UCSB and a master of arts degree in museum studies from George Washington University.

Dr. Sandoval’s appointment is one of three that Gov. Jerry Brown announced earlier this week. The state Senate is expected to confirm Dr. Sandoval’s appointment within one year.

The Santa Ynez Reservation is located in Santa Barbara County and was established and officially recognized by the federal government on Dec. 27, 1901. The tribe is a self-governing tribal sovereign nation that follows the laws set forth in the tribe’s constitution, which is similar in text to the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution.

Click here for more information on the tribe and its education department.

The tribe owns and operates the Chumash Casino Resort, Hotel Corque and Root 246 in the nearby town of Solvang and two gas stations in Santa Ynez.

— Hildy Medina represents the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Grad Nation Summit

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Youth Application - Grad Nation Summit

In 2010, America’s Promise Alliance launched its most ambitious campaign ever– Grad Nation –to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Grad Nation has two goals: 1.) 90 percent graduation rate nationwide by 2020, with no school graduating less than 80 percent of its students. 2.) Regain America’s standing as first in the world in college completion. We need everyone involved – civic and business leaders, elected officials, educators, faith leaders, parents, volunteers, and young people themselves. At this year's Building a Grad Nation Summit, America’s Promise Alliance will facilitate a youth-only session, which will allow young leaders to meet their peers and engage with Grad Nation topics to become part of the drop out crisis discussion. Last year we had passionate, young leaders from across the country join us for this exciting event and this year you could be one of the young leaders who has the chance to join America’s Promise Alliance in Washington, DC for the 2013 Building a Grad Nation Summit! Besides the youth-only session, you will attend events of the Summit as general stakeholders who have an important voice in what happens at the Summit. You will be able to talk to adults from across the country about projects you have done in your community, and share your ideas with these adults for future work in communities to engage youth and your peers. This application is intended for young leaders who have an interest in our mission and who would like to attend the Building a Grad Nation Summit on February 24-26, 2013. Please read the application thoroughly before completing. Application Guidelines: 1. Applications must be received by January 2, 2013. 2. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 3. All decisions related to the Impact Network are the sole discretion of America’s Promise Alliance. 4. Filling out this application is not a guarantee that America’s Promise Alliance will pay for you to attend the Summit. 5. Please email any questions to Cody Ruxton at

NIEA Remembers Native Education Champion Daniel Inouye

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Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye
Sen. Daniel Inouye earlier this year at NIEA's Legislative Summit
On behalf of our more than 4,000 members and advocates, National Indian Education Association extends its condolences to the family of Daniel Inouye, United States Senator for Hawaii and champion of advancing excellent education for our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children. One of the longest-serving senators in United States history, the legislative body's President Pro Tempore, and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Inouye, 88, passed on last night surrounded by his family.


"Sen. Inouye was one of the foremost champions for Native education, and a strong believer in nurturing the potential of our children," says NIEA President Dr. Heather Shotton. "There are no words that can comfort a family during the loss of a loved one. At the same time, we hope that Sen. Inouye's family is comforted by the powerful legacy he has left behind, one to which we should all aspire to match in our own lives. We will keep the Inouye family in our prayers."


During his lifetime, Inouye showed heroism and courage that few others can match. The son of Japanese immigrant parents, he was a medical volunteer at Pearl Harbor in 1941 when the naval base was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Two years later, he left his studies at the University of Hawaii to volunteer for the U.S. Army, serving as a member of the famed 442nd Regiment that fought bravely for the United States against the Axis forces in the European campaign. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and later the Medal of Honor after he led an assault on Nazi fortifications near San Terenzo, Italy. During that battle, Inouye continued the charge even after bullets ripped through his stomach and right arm; his arm would eventually be amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia.
Inouye's quote from the Japanese-American War Monument in Washington, D.C.
From championing Japanese-Americans wrongly interned by the federal government during World War II, to defending Native communities, Inouye was a champion of Native and non-Natives alike.
After returning from war, Inouye earned his baccalaureate degree at the University of Hawaii, and graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1953. That year, Inouye began his political career by winning a seat in Hawaii's territorial legislature. Five years later, he was elected to Congress, the first to represent the newly-admitted state. Then in 1963, Inouye succeeded Oren Long in the United States Senate, where he would serve the rest of his career and become a champion for the rights of Natives and non-Natives alike.


During his tenure in the Senate, Inouye served as chairman of what is now the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Through his role, he helped craft and pass legislation that improved education for our Native students. This included the Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA) - now part of the No Child Left Behind Act/Elementary and Secondary Education Act - which made improving education for Native Hawaiian students a priority in federal education policy. This year alone, through NHEA, the federal government has provided more than $10.6 million in funding to Native Hawaiian education programs.


Inouye also co-sponsored what became the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act, which in the six years since its passage has provided more than $50 million to Native language immersion programs that help preserve our cultures and support student success. Before his death, Inouye co-sponsored the Native Culture, Language and Access for Success in Schools (CLASS) Act, currently under congressional consideration, which will help address many of the systemic problems in Native education.


NIEA appreciates the powerful work that Sen. Inouye has done on behalf of all of our Native children.

State of Emergency (education)

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NIEA President Heather Shotton


President, National Indian Education Association (NIEA)

The recent release of Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data from the U.S. Department of Education was certainly shocking to the nation. But for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities, the data just confirms that education for our Native students is in a

state of emergency.


In nine states -- Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington -- the graduation rates for American Indian and Alaska Native students in 2010-2011 are lower than 60 percent. And just 61 percent of Native students served by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education graduate from high school. Meanwhile in three states, one out of every two Native Hawaiian students graduates on time.


The achievement gap between Native and Caucasian students remains as wide as ever. Only three states -- Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee -- have graduation rates for American Indian students equal or greater to that of white peers. More typical is Minnesota, where the graduation rate for Native high school students is half that of the 84 percent rate for their white school mates.




NIEA's recommendations to the Obama Administration
  • Share this message with colleagues and ask them to join NIEA.
  • Ask the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to fast-track reauthorization of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act. 
  • Donate to NIEA today.
  • Look out next week to register for LegSummit2013, our annual advocacy event at