American Indian College Fund Announces 2003 Tribal College Tour Package Schedule

American Indian College Fund
Saturday, 1 February 2003

The American Indian College Fund today unveiled the 2003 schedule of its ever-popular Tribal College Tours. The Fund has scheduled three tour packages this summer, reflecting their growing success over the past eight years. This year's schedule is:

June 8 - 15, The Tribes & Tribal Colleges of the Southwest
July 15 - 20, The Tribes & Tribal Colleges of the Montana Plains
Aug. 19 - 24, The Tribes & Tribal Colleges of the Northern Woodlands

"These tour packages provide extraordinary journeys into Indian Country," said Richard B. Williams, president and CEO of the Fund. "They offer authentic travel experiences for those who want to learn more about the revitalization of American Indian cultures that is being led by the tribal colleges and universities."

The June Southwest tour begins and ends in Albuquerque, N.M., with stops at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, the Acoma Pueblo, Indian arts and crafts dealers in Gallup, N.M., the Crownpoint Institute of Technology in Crownpoint, N.M., Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz., Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.

The July Montana Plains tour begins and ends in Billings, Mont., with stops at Little Big Horn College on the Crow Indian Reservation, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, the fossil-rich Makoshika State Park, and the Western Heritage Center in Billings.

The August Northern Woodlands tour begins and ends in Grand Forks, N.D., with stops at White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen, Minn., the Detroit Lakes region, Becker County Historical Museum, the town of Fargo, N.D., Devil's Lake, Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D., the Lakes and Gardens region, Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, N.D., the Anishinaubog Intercultural Center, the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Heritage Center and Museum, and the International Peace Garden.

Prices range from $1,595 for the Montana and Northern Woodlands tours to $1,995 for the Southwest tour. The packages include lodging, most meals, local Native trip leaders and staff support, and inter-tour transportation. Participants must cover their own transportation to and from the towns where the tours begin and end. Detailed information about the tour packages is available from Bill Edelstein at the American Indian College Fund at (303) 426-8900 or by e-mail at bedelstein@collegefund.org.

For more information, or to contact American Indian College Fund, see their website at: www.collegefund.org

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