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NIC American Indian students raise money for scholarship, to hold tourney

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The Coeur d’Alene Casino Circling Raven Golf Club will host a golf tournament on Oct. 1, to raise funds in support of the Che’nshish Scholarship through the NIC Foundation.

Members of the American Indian Student Alliance (AISA) saw a need for additional scholarships for American Indian students at North Idaho College, so they rose to the challenge. The students spent the 2009-10 school year hosting various fundraisers, ranging from fry bread sales to an American Indian art silent auction, raising a total of $2,000 to fund scholarships for American Indian students.

The students’ current focus is to raise funds that will be matched through the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) challenge grant program. Through this new opportunity, AIEF will match funds raised by NIC in support of American Indian student scholarships between August of 2010 and February of 2011. Funds used in the match must be from donors who have not given funds to NIC in support of native students before.

In order to help match the AIEF challenge grant, the Coeur d’Alene Casino Circling Raven Golf Club will host a golf tournament on Oct. 1, to raise funds in support of the Che’nshish Scholarship through the NIC Foundation. Ryan Carden, one of the tournament organizers and AISA member, suggested naming the scholarship and golf tournament Che’nshish, or “Given,” which is a Coeur d'Alene tribal expression to assist, provide for, and give to others.

The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee of $100 includes golfing, golf cart, driving range, silent auction, and dinner. For event entry information, contact the Circling Raven Pro Shop at (800) 523-2464 ext. 7259. Non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner at 6 p.m. and no host bar at 5:30. To purchase a $20 dinner ticket, contact Evanlene Melting Tallow at (208) 769-3365. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

A silent auction will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Stensgar Pavilion and will include items such as artwork by renowned American Indian artists (George Flett, DG House, Andrew Morrison, etc.), getaway packages to Northern Quest Casino and Kootenai River Inn & Spa, event tickets for the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center and much more.

Community support and participation is deeply appreciated. Proceeds benefit the Che’nshish Scholarship and will be used to match the AIEF Grant. To make a donation to the Che’nshish Scholarship, contact the NIC Foundation at (208) 769-5978. 

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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