Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
October 21, 2000 - Issue 21

American Indian College Fund to Host Flame of Hope Gala in New York City

Folk Duo Indigo Girls Will Give Special Performance To Raise Scholarships for Native College Students.

Celebrating eleven years as the leading force for Native American higher education in the United States, the American Indian College Fund will host its Flame of Hope Gala in New York City on Tuesday, November 7, 2000.

The fifth-annual benefit dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel, followed by an After-Party performance featuring the Indigo Girls. The Atlanta-based duo have achieved critical acclaim for their bold and reflective folk-rock harmonies and their fervent commitment towards supporting indigenous communities.

Native American author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Mr. Alexie wrote and co-produced the 1998 Sundance Film Festival award winner Smoke Signals. His novel Reservation Blues won the American Book Award. Actress Winona Ryder is the Celebrity Chair.

The American Indian College Fund will present Lifetime Achievement awards to Dr. Valorie J. Johnson of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and to the Bank of America Foundation for their commitments to furthering Indian education in this country.

This year's silent auction will include a variety of unique pieces of Native American art and jewelry. A monoprint entitled ``Scaffold Sun 2'' by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Scott Momaday and several exquisite Native American necklaces donated by premier New York-based jewelers David Saity Jewelry are highlights of the collection.

Based in Denver, with offices in New York City, the nonprofit College Fund was created in 1989 to raise private support for scholarships, endowments and public awareness for Native higher education. In 1999 alone, the Fund has raised more than $33 million on behalf of the 30 tribal colleges it was founded to support.

American Indian College Fund



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