Opinion from New York Times: Ask Who Paid for America’s Universities

Article published May 7, 2020 in the New York Times.
Authored by Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee.

“This is how deep it goes. Even an essay calling for a fairer America missed the injustice at the core of the nation’s character.”

The United States is well known for technological break throughs, but at what cost do our centers of research come, and what historical implications are there? The New York Times hosts an opinion piece that discusses the Morrill Act of 1862, which appropriated land to fund agricultural and mechanical colleges, also known as land-grant universities.

“But ask who paid for it, and who’s still paying today?”. These universities were transferred lands by the U.S., acquired from decades of conflict with Indigenous peoples that the U.S. paid little to nothing for, transferring the cost in so many ways to the peoples native to North America.

Read the full article here.

Vince Logan joins Native American Agriculture Fund leadership

Press release | April 10, 2019

Institutional investment advisor and corporate lawyer Vince Logan has joined the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Logan, a member of the Osage Nation, is responsible for NAAF’s $266 million portfolio and charged with overseeing the finance department, implementing financial systems, and managing the investment program. As CFO/CIO, he is to ensure that NAAF operates at the highest levels of transparency, ethics and good governance.

Native American Agriculture Fund to begin grantmaking in 2019

Press release | December 11, 2018

Newest and largest Native philanthropic organization launched website today, seeks public input on priorities

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) launched its website today and is soliciting public feedback to inform NAAF’s priorities and future funding activities. NAAF plans to begin its first round of grantmaking in 2019. To view the survey and find additional information about NAAF, please visit