TCU movement aims for the stars

Phil Glynn

Travois’ job is to connect private investors with change agents throughout Indian Country. We provide the advice and capital that helps successful businesses, projects and programs grow. This gives us a glimpse into numerous aspects of life in Indian Country. We have been blessed over the years to gain first-hand experience with the Tribal College and University (TCU) movement.

I recently noticed this post on NASA’s website: NASA Funds Montana Tribal College Students to Build Rocket Payloads. I wanted to share it with you because it speaks to the diversity of programs offered by TCUs. We congratulate Chief Dull Knife College and its students on their successful rocket payload project. (Don’t worry, I didn’t know what that was either until I read the article.)

Be sure to check out the article. We have learned so much about TCUs from our New Markets Advisory Board Member Dr. Laurel Vermillion. Our experience working with United Tribes Technical College, Sitting Bull College and Little Big Horn College have increased our appreciation of the critical role TCUs play.

Travois has been proud to support the American Indian College Fund in the past and would encourage all of our partners to do the same. The American Indian College Fund recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Read an interview with Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota), president and CEO of the College Fund, to learn what #20YearsEquals (actually, 25 years) to the College Fund in its mission to transform Indian higher education.