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Education After Service

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For many American Indians, the military is an answer right out of high school and further academic studies is put on hold until they return. Some Natives may not even be thinking of further academic studies before they enter the military. Over the years there have been government programs, grants and other organizational programs put into place for veterans looking to return to academia after serving in the military. The following is a list of helpful information for any veteran who is looking to seek a college degree.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs offers veterans college assistance through the GI Bill. The most recent version of it—the Post 9/11 GI Bill—provides financial assistance for education and housing to those with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001.

Student Veterans of America

SVA, founded in 2008, provides veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education. SVA member chapters are student groups that have formed on college and university campuses to provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans who are attending those schools. (Chapter map)

Tribal Colleges

Dine College gives preference to veterans when applying for employment

Haskell University has a Haskell Student Veterans Society and a Veterans Memorial honoring veterans from the school. A War Mother Memorial honors the mothers of service men and women, funds for the sculpture were raised by the Haskell Veterans Club, which also has a yearly pow wow.

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Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College has a veterans’ benefits page:

Leech Lake Tribal College is approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency for Veterans Educational Benefits.

White Earth Tribal & Community College offers veterans services in the Waadookoodaading Student Success Center.

Chief Dull Knife College offers the Veterans College Transition Program and the Tribal College Program through the Veteran’s Upward Bound Program.

Fort Peck Community College offers Veteran Benefits through the Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program and has a financial aid officer who can assist veterans who wish to apply.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute offers a link to the Veterans Administration through the Financial Aid Office.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College was named in honor of Paul Yankton Sr., whose Dakota name was Cankdeska Cikana

Northwest Indian College will hold a competition pow wow called Honoring our Veterans by Dancing on the Red Road.

The College Of Menominee Nation is approved for the certification of educational benefits for veterans and their dependents under both federal and state veterans’ administration programs.