"These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad, helping students, veterans and countless others in need," Obama said in a statement. "I'm proud to support their work."
The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based, accredited tribal colleges and universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills and cultural values that enhance their communities and the country as a whole. The fund disburses approximately 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through higher education. The fund also provides support for tribal college needs, ranging from capital support to cultural preservation curricula.
Looks like Obama covered the major disadvantaged groups, including the poor white folks reader Stephen is always crying about. I might've given less to military veterans and more to the LGBT community, but I guess that would've been politically untenable.
All in all, a good list of recipients, with the emphasis rightly on education. We've heard it a million times, but it's still true: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." That's my philosophy too, which is why I'm educating people in general rather than fighting for a few specific causes.
For more on the American Indian College Fund, see Bea Arthur Gives $100,000 to Collge Fund and "Think Indian" College Campaign. For more on Nobel Prizes and Indians, see Nobel Winner Supports Innu and Peltier's 6th Nobel Nomination.