Denver, Colo., Nov. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pendleton Woolen Mills, Portland, Oregon, joins the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month, honoring the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. In tribute, Pendleton is honored to share the philanthropic ideal of Giving Tuesday to benefit the American Indian College Fund.

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 12:01 a.m. until midnight, Pendleton Woolen Mills will contribute ten percent of the retail price of any American Indian College Fund blanket to the College Fund. Pendleton’s website,, its own stores and outlets will honor the Giving Tuesday pricing; not offered at affiliate stores or independent retailers. Visit to see the entire American Indian College Fund collection.

Each year a new blanket is introduced in the College Fund collection. In 2018 “Butterfly” was created to honor Lakota leader, Sitting Bull, who worked tirelessly for Native American rights.  Sitting Bull College on Standing Rock Reservation memorializes his efforts - and demonstrates the American Indian College Fund’s belief that education can transform the future.  The caterpillar’s transformation to a butterfly mirrors the transformative impact of education. 

Butterfly joins eight other storied blanket designs including Future of the Plains baby blanket; Nike N7, Earth Blanket, Raven and the Box of Knowledge, Water Blanket, Gift of the Earth, Eagle Saddle Blanket and Naskan Saddle Blanket.

Giving Tuesday’s donation complements Pendleton’s royalty support from proceeds of each College Fund blanket sold year-round. In 1990, Pendleton established an endowed scholarship with the College Fund, today valued at more than $700,000.

Sales of these blankets and the endowment make a difference in the lives of students throughout the country. More than 1,000 deserving Native students have received scholarships to attend tribal colleges from the Pendleton scholarship fund.

About the American Indian College Fund

About the American Indian College Fund

Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 30 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer" and provided 5,896 scholarships last year totaling $7.65 million to American Indian students, with more than 131,000 scholarships and programs totaling over $201 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

About Pendleton

Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is a lifestyle brand recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship.  With six generations of family ownership, since 1863, the company celebrated 155 years of weaving fabric in the Pacific Northwest in 2018.  Known for fabric innovation, Pendleton owns and operates two of American’s remaining woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology.  Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, accessories, home décor and gifts.  Pendleton is available through select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia as well as Pendleton stores, company catalogs and direct-to-consumer channels including the Pendleton website,


Dina Horwedel
American Indian College Fund