American Indian Scholarships and the Impact of Federal Regulations

Inadequate financial support is often cited as one of the major problems facing Native Americans pursuing higher education today. Many scholars recognize and agree that the financial needs of Native Americans are not being met. Yet the possible causes noted to fail to address issues of Indian identity, blood quantum and eligibility criteria as an attempt by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to limit service population and trust responsibility for education and other services. This thesis examines the consistent disenfranchising of a large number of Native Americans by the BIA by its narrow definition of the term “Indian.” The problem of narrow eligibility requirements is perpetuated by private organizations that adopt similar policies. The thesis illustrates the dysfunction of scholarship programs for mixed blood Native Americans from non-federally recognized tribes, state recognized tribes and descendents of tribal members who are not enrolled members themselves.


Lee Jackson


Tom Holm





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