KIPI News | January 16, 2023 | Part 1
Indian Country Today is growing. Four people have joined the team, some returning as permanent employees and some new to the organization. Additionally, the newspaper has announced a partnership with Lee Enterprises. Two of the news chain’s outlets will hire a reporter that will be shared with Indian Country Today at the Rapid City Journal and the Tulsa World in Oklahoma. The partnership was designed to increase the coverage of Indigenous communities in both regions.
The legacy of mistreatment that American Indians and Alaska Natives have endured is evident in educational statistics. Only 16% of American Indian and Alaskan Native people over 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, less than half the rate of Americans overall, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In an attempt to address this disparity, the Lilly Endowment, has announced a five-year, $38 Million dollar grant to the American Indian College Fund, the nation’s largest charity for Native higher education. It is the largest gift in the College Fund’s 33-year history.
Those are your headlines at this hour. I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News center.