Reception to celebrate and honor American Indian higher education

reception-honoreesAmerican Indian Graduate Center Recognizes Higher Education Champions During 7th Annual Reception




For Immediate Release

News Release
April 29, 2015

Contact: Stephine Poston (505) 379-6172

Albuquerque, NM – April 29, 2015 – 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:

• AMERIND Risk – AMERIND Risk provides property, liability and workers’ compensation insurance for tribes, tribal governments, businesses and individual coverage. The company has included AIGC as one of the beneficiary of its annual golf tournament, which raises thousands of dollars to support scholarships and higher education services for American Indians nationwide.

• Robert J. Miller – AIGC alumnus Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee) has practiced and taught Indian Law and is active in tribal sovereignty issues with his tribe in Oklahoma and in the northwest. His support of AIGC is reflective of his ongoing dedication to the causes of Indian people.

• Alicia Ortega – AIGC alumna Alicia Ortega (Pueblos of Santa Clara and Pojoaque) works for MBDA, an agency of the Department of Commerce that promotes the growth and global competitiveness of businesses owned and operated by minority entrepreneurs. Alicia, who specializes in Native American business, works to link American Indian-owned businesses with the capital, contracts and markets they need to grow. She also generously donates her artwork for AIGC silent auction events.

• Randall Willis – Randall Willis is a consistent and long-standing supporter of AIGC and American Indian art. His continued financial contributions to AIGC and other American Indian works have made a tremendous impact on AIGC’s ability to reach and engage students seeking graduate degrees.

“We honor the distinguished people and organizations responsible for the advancement of American Indian higher education,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC. “We recognize and celebrate the contributions of those in our AIGC community and the collective impact the contributions make to American Indian and Alaska Native higher education.”

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.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

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

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