501(c)(3) non-profit organization EIN# 45-3802735
Our mission is to obtain college placement for Native American students. We recognize that students can qualify for Higher Education based on their academics and athletics combined and understand that student athletes have a unique process to acquire collegiate sports placement and find it necessary to have one division dedicated to those student athletes in the NCNAA.
No student who desires to be college bound should be left behind!
The NCNACPS is serving the needs at tribal and non-tribal high schools who may not have counselors on staff, and we are a resource for those that do. Applicants for endorsement must have
proof of CDIB to be eligible
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Laurel, member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, is one of seven children whose parents' roots are in North Dakota. Her mother, the late Marmie Deegan-Fricke, White Earth Woman, is Arikara and Dakotah (Hunkpapa) Sioux born and raised on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. On her grandmother's side, Laurel's great-grandfather is Chief White Shield, also known as Harry Gillette, the last chief of the Arikara people. On her grandfather's side, her great-great-grandfather was Bobtail Buffalo, brother of Sitting Bull. Laurel's father, Orren Fricke, is from Bismarck, North Dakota and is of primarily German descent. He is founder of the civil engineering firm White Shield Associates based in Washington state. While Laurel's mother was President of the family-owned business her father always involved his seven children in various professional projects and he taught them an understanding of the business of which they all served on the Board of Directors.
Laurel, as a child was given the name "Winner", and has had a lifelong passion for playing sports. Lettering in high school varsity volleyball and track and broke records on the city swim team. She had the honor of playing Junior Olympics basketball and was MVP of the high school volleyball team during her senior year and unanimously voted "Most Inspirational Player". Laurel also served at Chairwoman of the Tennis Committee of Stonebridge in North Raleigh. Recently, in 2012, she participated in the Jim Thorpe Native American Games and earned a gold and silver medal in tennis. Off the courts, her all-time favorite achievement was winning a team canoe race in Minnesota. In addition to her CEO duties, she finds time to work part-time as a USTA junior tennis coach for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina where she resides today. Recently, her family honored her with a traditional naming ceremony in the Arikara Earth Lodge in White Shield North Dakota. Her new Arikara name is "Standing Alone" aka "Ish Na Na Najiin", a humble winner as she knows that the many pedestals she has stood on as a winner, she recognizes and appreciates the support of her family and friends who have helped her along the way.
Laurel graduated with honors from De Anza Community College in Cupertino, CA, where she served as Secretary of the Native American Club. She transferred to California State University Hayward where she served as Vice-President of Mu Kappa Tau, the National Marketing Honor Society, Hayward Chapter, then served as President during her senior year, and graduated with honors with a B.S. Business Administration degree specializing in Marketing.
Her professional career began in the Silicon Valley where she worked as a Financial Analyst and later a Marketing Manager during the dot.com boom of the 1990's. In 1997, she founded the S.W.A.N. Club, Successful Women Are Networking, as part of her effort to support women in business and encourage their success. Member of the National Congress of American Indians, Board Member of AIVMI (American Indian Veteran's Memorial Initiative), National Association of Professional Women, and recently ran for public office as District 15 State Senator in North Carolina. She is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the National Coalition of Native American College Placement Services, she has since developed the business as a parent company with two subdivisions to better serve the students in the college placement programs. Laurel has experienced firsthand, the multiple challenges facing Native Americans, and always to persevere knowing that success is truly earned and never given. Her academic, athletic and professional experiences are integral to her leadership of the NCNACPS.
NCNACPS is MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Our students are making
their footprints onto college campuses nationwide!
Laurel explains, “First, it is important to build bridges for all Native American high school students and see them go to the next level, and secondly, placement at the right college is key to their success”.
Board of Directors