Today, the United States and its people are in favor of the minorities now more than ever. Minority groups are given special treatment and are usually given preference in educational grants because of firms aiming to have more diversity in their distribution of grants. Not only that, several organizations and groups offer grants specifically made for Native Americans, called Native American Grants.
Native Americans may probably be the tiniest minority in the country in terms of population. In fact, only 0.8% of the American population is truly Native American. Among those who claim to be Native Americans, 80% are actually already of an interracial mix. Only a few pure Native Americans remain, that’s why they are given special privileges.
But that is not to say that there was no time wherein Native American Grants were not common. In fact, a couple of decades ago, there were not a lot of options for Native Americans who opted for scholarship money and grants. So, the tribes themselves built tribal colleges and universities to provide cheap education for their own tribes and nations. Not so long thereafter, Native American Grants became prevalent, and prestigious Native American organizations, such as the All Indian Pueblo Council, started offering Grant Programs for Native American students.
To be eligible for Native American Grants, the student should be an enrolled member of a tribe that is recognized federally. This is the only way to make sure that the applicant is indeed Native American. To show that you are part of a Native American tribe, you need to provide a Certificate of Indian Blood card, otherwise known as CIB card. This is one of the most solid proofs of your ethnicity as a Native American.
Native American students who are residing in Canada can still be eligible for Native American grants, given that they should have at least 50% Indian blood. There is no need to obtain documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, since they are American by descent. However, these Native Americans in Canada should reflect in their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form that they are “eligible non-citizens”.
There are a lot of sources of Native American Grants, and there at least 70 eligible Native American Grants that are found online. First and foremost, you can check with the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, which funds 26 institutions that are usually tribally-controlled community colleges.
The American Indian College Fund is another one, providing 6,000 grants for American Indian students every year. Many colleges and universities also provide Native American Grants, most especially for full-blooded Native Americans.