of Sovereignty Foundation
year 2000 was the catalyst year for the Scholarship Program.
Through the diligent efforts of NIGA member tribes and associate
members alike, funds in excess of $100,000 were pledged
at the “Power of One” benefit concert in Portland
last April. The foundation was appropriately named the “Spirit
of Sovereignty” to reflect the efforts of its parent
entity, the National Indian Gaming Association. The foundation
has established a relationship with the American Indian
Graduate Center, facilitating the student selections for
the first presentation of the "Spirit Awards."
At NIGA 2001, graduates who best represent the criteria
of spirited individuals will be awarded their scholarship
funding from the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation.
the fall of 2001, the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation will look to extend its scholarship support to undergraduates.
Taking into account the vast use of Internet access and
web search sites, our next level of scholarship awards will
utilize the information highway to reach out to our next
round of scholarship candidates.
begin now on a journey, setting out to make a difference
for those students whose spirit and drive for higher education
reflect the Spirit of Sovereignty
we so greatly strive to preserve.
special "Thank You" to the founding Board Members:
- Tracy Burris, Chickasaw Nation
- John McCoy, Tullalip Tribes
- Larry DeSoto, Tule River Indian Reservation
- Victor Rocha, Pechanga.Net
- Rollie Hill, SODAK Gaming