"Education is the seed that provides spiritual and individual growth."

Catching The Dream

The mission of Catching the Dream (CTD) is to help improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people.

We provide scholarship assistance for students who demonstrate academic achievement, clearly defined goals, leadership, the determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others to realize their dreams. From 1986 to 2006 we have maintained a success rate of 83% graduation for our students. We have produced 637 graduates in that time. .



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We also assist Indian schools to prepare students for success in high school and college. CTD seeks to address the deficiencies in Indian education with its scholarship and curriculum upgrading programs.

OUR SYMBOL. The outline that surrounds the image is a Dream Catcher. It signifies helping Native students to make their dreams come true. Located at the bottom center is a graduation cap and a rolled diploma which stands for the accomplishment of higher education.

The sun represents where Native Americans come from and who they are as individuals. The Indian basket signifies maintaining and learning more about the Native heritage, and diversifying by receiving an excellent education. The steps indicate the ladder of success. The feathers carry on the prayers of the Native individuals to succeed in life wherever the circle of life takes them. The artist is Philton Talahytewa, Hopi.


James Lujan, President (M. A. Education)
Retired President, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque NM. Former Governor, Taos Pueblo. Former Agency Superintendent for Education, Northern Pueblos Agency, BIA, Santa Fe NM. M. A., Counseling Psychology and Education, New Mexico State University, 1969. Tribe: Taos Pueblo. Address: P. O. Box 2534, Taos, NM 87571. Cell Phone: (505) 301-5507. E-mail: jlujantaos@yahoo.com

Darrell F. Jeanotte, Vice President, (M. A. Education)
Superintendent/Principal, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Pierre, SD, Former Principal, Ojibwa Indian School, Belcourt, ND, Former Assistant Principal/Federal Programs Administrator, Dunseith Public School District, ND, M. A., Educational Administration, Pennsylvania State University, 1978. Tribe: Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Address: 3001 E. Sully, Pierre, SD 57501-4419. Phone:(605) 224-6814 (home), (605) 224-8661, ext. 115 (work), fax (605) 224-8465,E-mail: jeanotte@dakota2k.net

Jodie Palmer Secretary, (M. A. Education)
 Assistant Director, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Former Director of Education, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, MI, Former Supervisor of Indian Education, Kalamazoo Public Schools, MI. Tribe: Potawatomi. Address: 6951 Kiltz St., Portage MI 49024-3300. Phone: (269) 329-6104 (home), (269) 387-1722, (work), (269) 387-2882 (fax). E-mail: Jodie.palmer@wmich.edu.

Ed Harris, Board Member
Actor and director, “Radio,” “Apollo 13,” “Alamo Bay,” “The Hours,” “Pollock.” Human and civil rights activist, Address: 22031 Carbon Mesa, Malibu, CA 90265, (310) 456-1048 (home), (310) 758-8626 x 119 (work). 
E-mail zekeamer@aol.com

Dean Chavers, Board Member (Ph. D. Communication Research)
Director, Catching the Dream, Albuquerque NM (1986-Present), Board Member, two terms, National Indian Education, 1983-86, 1987-90 (elected position), Former President, Bacone College, Muskogee OK, 1978-81, Member, Advisory Panel on Minority Concerns, The College Board, 1979-85, Recipient of Human Rights Award, City of Albuquerque, 1996. Tribe: Lumbee. Address: 9710 Camino del Sol, NE, Albuquerque NM 87111. Phone: (505) 823-2914 (home), (505) 262-2351 (work), (505) 553-8435 (cell) 
work e-mail: ctd4deanchavers@aol.com
home e-mail: DeanToniChavers@msn.com

Ms. Lynn Okon Scholnick, Board Member (MSW, Social Work)
Psychiatric Social Worker, Artist and Sculptor. MSW in Social Work, University of Southern California. Address: 210 Grand Avenue, #303, Long Beach CA 90803, (562) 438-8009. Loscholnick@earthlink.net.

Lindsay Wagner, Board Member
Actor and activist, model, spokesperson, Television star, “The Bionic Woman”. Address: 22817 Ventura Blvd., #888, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Phone: (818) 999-5583 (home office), (310) 455-0224 (home), (818) 999-5246 (fax), (310) 455-3552 (assistant Judi Bennett). E-mail: lindlear@bizla.rr.com

Gloria Hale, Treasurer (M. A. Education Administration)
Retired school superintendent, current federal projects director, Committed community activist and leader. Tribe: Navajo. Address: Grants/Cibola County School District, 320 E. High St., Grants NM 87020. Phone: (505) 285-2605, fax (505) 285-2628,E-mail:ghale@gccs.cc

John Tohtsoni, Jr., Board Member (M. A., Administration)
Graduate, Purdue University, Catching the Dream Scholar. Tribe: Navajo. Address: 3212 Crestridge Drive, Farmington NM 87401 fax (505) 334-9861, cell (505) 860-0953. E-mail: jtohtsoni@hotmail.com.

Mr. Kelvin Sampson, Board Member (MA, Health and Political Science)
Assistant Basketball Coach, Houston Rockets. MA Graduate, Michigan State University. Tribe: Lumbee. Address: 1510 Polk St., Houston TX 77002. Phone: (877) 428-2825. Ksampson@rocketball.com.

ANNUAL REPORTS. Please call (505) 262-2351 or e-mail Nscholarsh@aol.com to request a copy of the CTD Annual Report and/or IRS Form 990.

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