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About the American Indian Education Foundation

Historically, Indian education through assimilation
Historically, Indian education meant "assimilation."

Learn about the history of Native American education.
Throughout our country, Native American children travel each day for hours across rugged and remote areas to attend school. These students often lack the simplest tools — such as paper, pencils, and notebooks — needed to participate in class.


Years of struggle take their toll on students. Today, only 17% of Native American high school graduates begin college. Of these, only one in five makes it through the academic, emotional, and financial stresses of the first year.

Yet, like all our children, these youngsters are inspired by the dream of a better future. Since 1997, the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) has given hope to Native American students by providing the tools they need to succeed.

With AIEF support, Native American students such as Trisha, achieve a dramatically higher rate of retention in college.
With AIEF scholarships and mentoring, more Native American students succeed in college.

Read our success stories!


Paula Long Fox, Chairperson of the AIEF About Paula Long Fox
Paula Long Fox is Chairperson of the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF). She has been a teacher and guidance counselor since 1980, primarily in schools with majority-Native American enrollment.

Ms. Long Fox grew up in rural South Dakota. She received her Bachelor's degree in history and her Master's in School Administration and Counseling from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.

* This free guide, Tools for Success, is in PDF-format, which can be read with Adobe Reader. In case this free program is not installed on your computer, please click here and follow the steps to download the software for free.