The American Indian College Fund will administer a student scholarship fund authorized by the Cobell Settlement, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.

"This scholarship fund for Native American students will be a lasting, meaningful legacy of the Cobell Settlement that will help strengthen Indian communities, advance tribal progress and secure a better future for the First Americans," Salazar said in a prepared statement.

At the recommendation of a selection committee, Salazar chose the American Indian College Fund, stipulating that the funds it receives will be devoted to scholarships for vocational certifications and four-year accredited bachelor-degree colleges and universities, including tribal colleges.

Salazar is seeking nominations for two people who will serve on the Board of Trustees overseeing the scholarship fund. Tribal nominations for the positions must be postmarked or emailed no later than Thursday, April 11, 2013.

For more information, go online to http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/COBELL-FACT-SHEET-Scholarship-Fund-and-Board-of-Trustees-Final-03-12-13.pdf

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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