“For the last two years, TCA has been working with institutes of higher learning (including Tribal Colleges) in the US and universities throughout Turkey to establish scholarship opportunities, partnerships for academic exploration, and friendships between higher learning institutions,” said G. Lincoln McCurdy, President of the TCA. “We hope that these efforts will advance both educational and cultural understanding between our nations. TCA is proud to conduct this program with the support of the American Indian Higher Educational Consortium.”
The tour will bring educators from Mandaree, Hopi, Isleta/San Juan Pueblo and Mohawk tribes from South Dakota State University, Northern Arizona University and Institute of American Indian Arts to 12 universities in four cities in Turkey and will conclude with a Native American Conference at Hacettepe University in Ankara.
Other participating Turkish universities include Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Abant Izzet Baysal University in Bolu, Bahcesehir, Bogazici, Halic, Istanbul Technical University, Koc, Ozyegin and Sabanci University in Istanbul and Bilkent and Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
The tour aims to expose Turkish educators and students to different Native American cultures and customs. The tour will also explore opportunities to establish future collaboration between Tribal Colleges and other institutions with Native American programs in the US and institutions of higher education in Turkey.
TCA will be promoting its Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarship Program for American Minority Students during the tour. TCA awards up to 100 scholarships per year for eligible American minority students, including Native Americans, who have been accepted to a university in Turkey or in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
The Native American Conference, organized by the Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University, will last two days. The conference will explore topics of cultural survival through Native American literature and the arts.
About the Turkish Coalition of America
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) is an educational, charitable organization incorporated in February 2007. Based in the nation's capital, TCA's objective is to educate the general public about Turkey and Turkish Americans and voice their opinion on critical issues to interested parties; engage and cultivate a new generation of young Turkish American leaders; promote and advance the interests of the Turkish American community and Turks; foster friendship, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Turkey; protect the character and ensure a realistic portrayal of Turkey and Turkish Americans in the media and the arts; serve as a think tank of expertise and a clearinghouse of information on Turkey and Americans of Turkish descent. For more information please visit http://www.tc-america.org.