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The Good News
2013 April
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
coordinated with those at other regional
cultural sites, including Mesa Verde National
Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
and Canyon of the Ancients National Monu-
ment. CRIA hosts monthly and annual special
programs to promote understanding of the
Ancestral Puebloans who lived at Chimney
Rock, provides free tours to local students
and sponsors academic research and confer-
ences. CRIA volunteers also function as site
stewards, keep bathrooms open, conduct trail
maintenance and maintain emergency train-
ing certifications.
¡°The dedication and work of CRIA as a part-
ner organization is unparalleled,¡± said Wendy
Sutton, Pagosa District Archaeologist. ¡°The
enthusiasm and professionalism of the CRIA
volunteers helps bring Chimney Rock to life
for thousands of visitors annually. It is a privi-
lege to work with them.¡±
CRIA has been instrumental in winning
grants and raising funds worth more than
$450,000 to support research and site stabi-
lization efforts at the national monument. In
2009, CRIA was honored for its work by the
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
with its prestigious Preserve America Stew-
ards Award.
For more information on Chimney Rock Na-
tional Monument and Chimney Rock Inter-
pretive Association Activities, go to: www.
chimneyrockco.org
Historic Student Exchange
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
receives National Volunteer Award
PAGOSA SPRINGS- The Chimney Rock Interpretive
Association (CRIA) has been recognized nationally by
the U.S. Forest Service for its unique partnership with
the San Juan National Forest.
¡°This partnership has elevated awareness about a
remarkable archaeological resource and contributed to
its designation as Chimney Rock National Monument,¡±
said U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell in an-
nouncing the award.
Approximately 12,000 tourists visit Chimney Rock an-
nually, contributing an estimated $95,000 to $175,000 to
the local community through heritage tourism. CRIA
volunteers have provided daily tours seven days a
week from May to September since 2003.
¡°We are honored to accept this award and appreciate
the support we receive from the staff of the San Juan
National Forest,¡± said Susan Yalom, CRIA Board of
Trustees president. ¡°We look forward to continuing
this close relationship and are extremely gratified by
this special recognition.¡±
The nonprofit organization currently has 80 volunteers,
who are trained annually. Its interpretive programs are
CRIA Volunteers Honored
day attending college can now be realized.¡±
The U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar said the Indian Education Scholarship
Holding Fund would allow the nation ¡°to move
forward and address the educational, law enforce-
ment, and economic development challenges we
face in Indian Country.¡±
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the
American Indian College Fund, said, ¡°We are
honored by the confidence the government and
plaintiffs have demonstrated in us. They have
confirmed what our supporters know: The Ameri-
can Indian College Fund has a proven history of
24 years of leadership and fiscal responsibility. We
are rooted in advancing educational and vocation-
al scholarships for Native peoples while maintain-
ing strong relationships with Native communities.
American Indian and Alaska Native people will
be proud that the Fund, with its strong legacy in
Indian Country, was selected. I would like to rec-
ognize the contributions of the Richard Williams,
former President and CEO of the American Indian
College Fund now serving as Senior Advisor, who
proposed establishing a separate education fund
for scholarships to the late Eloise Cobell. Together
their strong vision will improve the future for
young Native people. We look forward to work-
ing with the special trustees of the Indian Educa-
tion Scholarship Holding Fund to discuss how we
will implement and raise additional funding to
improve access to education for all Indian people,
regardless of financial circumstance, transforming
Indian Country.¡±
As part of the agreement, the Fund will distribute
20% of scholarship monies to the American Indian
Graduate Center of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mr. Sam Deloria, the Center¡¯s Executive Direc-
tor, said, ¡°The American Indian Graduate Center
is happy to congratulate the American Indian
College Fund and knows it will do a great job as
it has done over the years. We extend our offer
of cooperation and support and look forward to
working with the Fund.¡±
About the American Indian College Fund
With its credo ¡°Educating the Mind and Spirit,¡±
The American Indian College Fund is the premier
scholarship organization for Native students.
Created in 1989 to provide scholarships and sup-
port for the nation¡¯s 34 tribal colleges, the Fund
receives top ratings from independent charity
evaluators, including the Better Business Bureau¡¯s
Wise Giving Alliance, and received its third con-
secutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
It provides more than 3,500 Native students with
scholarships annually.
The American Indian College Fund Named
to Administer Historic Education Endow-
ment as Part of Cobell v. Salazar Settlement
Denver- The American Indian College Fund
was named in March by the U.S. Department
of the Interior and the plaintiffs of Cobell v.
Salazar to administer the Indian Education
Scholarship Holding Fund settlement for
post-secondary vocational and higher educa-
tion. The $60 million holding fund was desig-
nated as part of the $3.4 billion Cobell settle-
ment through the vision and leadership of the
late lead plaintiff, Elouise Cobell, a member of
the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, who initi-
ated the class action lawsuit in 1996 on behalf
of American Indians whose trust land funds
had been mismanaged by the federal govern-
ment for decades. Before her passing, Cobell
said the set-aside of funds from the settlement
for a higher education would ¡°mean a great
deal¡­ to the Indian youth whose dreams for
a better life including the possibility of one
$60 Million For Native Students
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students from Eurasia. These exceptional students
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